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How COVID-19 is Affecting Tiny Homes

Updated on:
June 9, 2023
Tiny House on wheels with porch by river

There are many pros to owning a tiny house. Especially with so much uncertainty in the world right now, there is a lot of flexibility that comes with having a tiny home. Freedom to roam can turn into the ability to move in a time of crisis.

Here’s Jay to speak on this.

“May you live in interesting times.”

- Ancient Chinese Adage

All of a sudden, living in a ThinHaus starts to look a whole lot better than even a couple of weeks ago for many Americans who would never have considered tiny living. A movable house? What an insane idea ... until you find yourself in a place that is completely unprepared for the COVID-19 pandemic?

Stick-built houses in places that no longer have jobs or restaurants or economic futures become all but worthless. You can’t sell a thing, no matter how much you paid or what “it used to be” worth if no one wants it or has the money to pay you. Even if you could sell it, where would you go? Where is the health care adequate even if you could get there?

The wave of trouble seems to be moving from New York to Florida this week. Next week it could be New Orleans and then ... well, pretty much everywhere. One article today said that this thing is going to go wherever it wants to go and no efforts on our part will really make a difference.

If you can’t move the wave, then you certainly might consider getting out of its way ... and what better way to do that than in a moveable tiny house.

The team at ThinHaus thought that THOW would be the future of “affordable” living a couple of years ago. That’s why we switched from building traditional houses to tiny houses. It had to do with all the reasons that you already know about and all the reasons that you are reading blogs like this. Small, movable and lower cost houses seem pretty obvious to all of us. Now, it’s becoming obvious to the rest of “them” who will soon be part of “us.” And who knew that the wheels would become a major advantage in the future ... but here we are?

Obviously, this is not what anyone wanted. But we did want cities, states, and counties to make tiny living easier and they are ... but something of this magnitude was not on anyone’s radar or wish list. Looks like tiny living may become a big thing much quicker because of it.

There isn’t one aspect of our new reality that isn’t better with a tiny house from ThinHaus. Want a list?

(1) Need a place to live that provides “social distancing” for multiple family members?

Answer: Tiny House

(2) Income levels are lower and need a lower cost of housing?

Answer: Tiny House

(3) Want less inside space and more fresh air/outside living?

Answer: Tiny House

(4) Want the ability to quickly move to a place with more jobs or more health care providers while still owning your house?

Answer ... well, you get the idea!

Make your own list. What do you want? There is no list we can imagine that can’t be checked off with a properly designed and built tiny house ... and of course, you don’t have to do it yourself. Let go of your notion that this can’t work for you. It can and maybe after a time, you’ll wonder what took you so long to come to it.

We’ll keep building as fast as we can and continue to add finance options to make the money part easy for everyone. More and more municipalities are coming around so there are places to go like never before. Tiny houses were happening before all this ... now, it’s happening even bigger and faster.

In the meantime, stay safe and keep your distance by practicing self quarantine and good handwashing. It’s better for you, your family and better for us all.

For more data and building details concerning ThinHaus, email to: and we’ll share the specifications and techniques that we use to build our industry-leading homes. Also available for free is a copy of our newest tiny book, “The Big Book of Tiny Houses.” Just email over your name and address and we’ll drop one in an envelope for you.



Those are some compelling arguments regarding reasons to own a tiny home. It’s in uncertain times like this that having the flexibility with your living situation can come quite in handy.

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