I sat down with the top tiny house experts to ask them a bunch of questions. Today I am sharing their responses to the question: “What is the one tip for you would give to someone looking for a place to park or land for their tiny house?” I asked 15 top tiny house experts to get their best advice on such a big topic: finding land for your tiny house.
Talk to friends and community members about it all the time. You never know where the parking spot will come from. While I have been lucky on Craigslist, I think by far the best way to find parking is through a friend of a friend of family or friends. Network and ask all your local contacts before resorting to CL.
Get out and talk to people. You need to expand your social circle in a big way. Have a solid game plan in place, develop your pitch for land owners, focusing on overcoming objections and putting fears to rest. Then, let people know what you’re looking for it a clear concise manner.
Ping your own network of folks that really enjoy and support what you are doing. Provide a quick message about who you are and what you are looking for, that they can forward along. They are far more likely to connect you with people of a similar mindset, therefore more open and willing to help you out or further your cause.
Honestly – be secretive. Get along with your neighbors and they’ll have no reasons to rat on you- zoning enforcement is often complaint-based. In some areas it’s legal, or “more legal”, and in others it just won’t happen, so do your research. Farmers too- look into talking to them, they could use the rental income, and have the land.
Check out wwoof.org, a fantastic organization that places volunteers with organic farms the world over. I see it as a great resource for someone looking to move somewhere unfamiliar. Find a willing farm, tow your house over and you have a place to park, food to eat and work to do.
Start with people you know and put the word out. Your network will produce your best leads when it comes to finding parking.
Flyers on local supermarket and library walls are actually a very sensible place to advertise this kind of information. We know a lot of people who have found their tiny house parking matches using those channels.
Reach out to local communities. Try Facebook groups, Meetup and Craigslist. Don’t be afraid to talk about your Tiny House. The more people that you meet, the more likely you will have an opportunity to park it somewhere.
I think the best way is to find land and then ask the owners if you could work out a deal. People are more receptive than you might think.
I wish I had a good answer. We bought land well before we decided to build a tiny house, so it wasn’t an issue for us. I do recommend that people get involved in local politics to make changes in their own communities that can help pave the way for tiny homes.
Get creative, build your network, be open and honest and try to be ‘on the radar’, it will make you feel more secure during the ‘living’ part of tiny house living that you will appreciate once you are living. It stinks to feel like any knock on the door may be asking you to go.
Don’t be afraid of building your tiny house before finding a place to park it. The majority of my clients and other tiny housers found their spots during their construction. After finishing the shell with the exterior siding, you can place a photo with a description of what you’re looking for on Craigslist. Most property owners will rent their space only after they can see an image of your tiny house, and what utilities you will need. This has proven a success time and time again.
Check with local codes in the area you wish to build or park a tiny house. If it is not allowed you need to find an alternative route or do it under the radar somehow.
A very special thanks to the folks who participated:
- Kent Griswold: tinyhouseblog.com
- Deek Diedricksen: relaxshacks.com
- Alek Lisefski: tiny-project.com
- Ryan Mitchell: TheTinyLife.com (this website)
- Macy Miller: MiniMotives.com
- Ethan Waldman: thetinyhouse.net
- Ella Jenkins: littleyellowdoor.wordpress.com
- Vina Lustado: vinastinyhouse.com
- Gabriella Morrison: TinyHouseBuild.com
- Jenna Spesard: TinyHouseGiantJourney.com
- Jess and Dan Sullivan: livinginatinyhouse.blogspot.com
- Laura M. LaVoie: 120squarefeet.com
- Kristie Wolfe: Kristiewolfe.com
- What tricks have you learned about finding land?