Everyone and their mother talk about how tiny houses on wheels are affordable alternatives to traditional homes. Then again, “affordable” is a matter of personal perspective. Is it possible to know how much can a tiny house cost?
Naturally, the price depends on many variables, starting from the house type, materials, and labor costs.
An average price for a fully equipped home on wheels is about $50,000. However, that number can be significantly lower if you cut corners wisely. It’s possible to have a professionally built house with modest amenities, including a toilet and shower, for about $20,000 – $25,000. DIY lowers the bar to $10,000 or less.
On the other end, we have luxury tiny units with a classy selection of materials, high-end appliances, and fancy amenities. In this case, the price can jump well over $150,000 for less than 400 square feet.
For a start, it depends if you go for a stationary tiny house or a trailer. In both cases, the base should cost you somewhere between $3,000 and $10,000. Then comes lumber, in the same price range.
Doors and windows will take about $1,000 to $3,000. Roof price shouldn’t pass over $1,000. For siding and insulation, set aside from $1,000 to $6,000. Add $500 to $2000 for wall paneling and $300 to $2000 for flooring. The paint job shouldn’t cost you more than $200, especially if you DIY.
Then comes a tile shower with up to $1,000 estimated cost, and bathroom fixtures, together with plumbing, ranging from $600 to $2,000. Suppose you decided to go with a composting toilet. Its price can be $800 but also $1500.
The estimated cost of electrical wiring, if performed by a licensed electrician, ranges between $1,500 and $3,000. Light fixtures will require an additional $200 to $800.
What about heating? A water heater starts from $500 to over double the price; propane or electric heater is anywhere between $200 and $800. Solar systems prices depend on many variables, including type, number of panels, and installation.
The kitchen counter cost, on average, falls anywhere between $300 to $2000. Built-in storage and cabinets take $1,500 to $5,000, and essential kitchen appliances $1000 to $3000.
On top of all, add about $1,000 for small expenses, nuts and bolts, tools, and similar things.
How much will your furniture cost depends on you, but the estimated bare minimum will be about $500.
If you plan to be fully mobile, you’ll need a trailer hitch and trailer brake controller. Then come parking and fuel expenses. Some RV parks accept tiny houses for a fee of $500 to $1,500 per month per spot. Connections to water supply and electricity are commonly included, as well as trash service, and sometimes WiFi.
Finally, you’ll need tiny house insurance to meet requirements set for recreational vehicles in the majority of the states.
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