So a comment from one of my posts the other day got me thinking. There are many people who have built their tiny home and now have all these tools that they acquired for their build, but don’t have a need for them anymore. So now what?
There are those who are professional builders/craftsmen/craftswomen that will have them for their job, but that isn’t the case for many. For others they just built a house (just think about that, they built an entire house) at that point they have learned some amazing skills and might just have caught the bug and start other fun project.
However, there are many of us who don’t need all those tools and it seems at odds to have a tiny house and a ton of tools. Up until this point I have suggested trying to recoup some of the money by selling them on craigs list, but what if we tried something different.
What if we took the tools that we used to build our Tiny House and passed them on to another tiny house builder? Tools are expensive so I would think there would need to be some sort of exchange, perhaps a labor exchange or money. How neat would it be if you helped out someone on their tiny house for a reasonable amount of time, which gave you the skills for your own home and in exchange, in lieu of a hourly payment, you were to adopt their tools?
I also thought about having a set of tools that I could rent out to people through this website for a small fraction of what the tools cost, but logistically that might be a nightmare because shipping would really expensive on it because of the size of some of these things, and if you get a bad apple who doesn’t take care of things.
There are of course website that have this concept where you can connect with local people who have things, some municipalities do things like this and then in Charlotte (and other places) there are tool banks that you can do this from, but I haven’t seen an option that would allow you to build a whole house by renting for less than the cost of purchase.
- What do you think of the idea of passing on tools to another Tiny House builder?
- What do you think about a tiny house tool lending library?