Buying A Tiny House? 15 Reasons Why Owners Regret It

It’s not as much fun as it always seems

It sounds so romantic and cozy: living in a tiny house. Although we can easily imagine that it’s not always sunshine and rainbows. After all, such a house is quite small. Several owners talk about its drawbacks. 

It is expensive to travel with it

A large proportion of tiny houses are simply in a fixed location. Some people, on the other hand – especially people in the United States – also travel with them. Sounds nice, but it’s not cheap. Alexis Stephens and her partner travel all over America with their tiny house. When they do this, they have to fill the tank of the tow car every 150 miles (about 240 kilometers). “If we travel a lot throughout the day, that ticks up a lot,” Alexis told Insider. “I think it adds up to $1 per mile.”


Some people use a loft-like layout to store extra stuff. But storing stuff on that “second floor” can quickly make your space look cluttered. Plus, you often need a ladder to access it.

Amanda Burgers lives with her two children in a tiny house. She, too, has experienced how difficult it is to keep her house tidy. “I sometimes joke that it’s a big Rubik’s cube,” she tells Insider. “You have to keep changing everything constantly.”

Not for people with physical disabilities

A tiny house is often equipped with unusual stairs or crazy ladders. Yes, you can then get from one living level to another, but this is only possible if you have no physical limitations.

Heat and moisture

Regulating the temperature can be very tricky in a tiny house, but keeping moisture out is also difficult. Are you not doing this properly? Then you can quickly face mold in a tiny house. Moreover, summer is also a thing. Many owners of tiny houses complain that it can quickly get very hot inside.

No privacy when going for a number two

In most cases, you don’t have a separate toilet in a tiny house. With luck, it is located in the “bathroom,” but in many tiny houses, the toilet bowl is retractable. So the toilet can be slid out of a closet just like that. You just have to feel like peeing when you have visitors….

They are really very small

Of course, the name tiny house gives it away, but the cottages are really tiny. If you stay in them during a vacation, it’s fine. As a home, on the other hand, it is more difficult. Just find enough space for your stuff. For example, some tiny house owners find that the space sometimes feels more like a crawl space.

Want to read more? On the next day, we listed more drawbacks.