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Should You Rent A Tiny House When Relocating for a Job?

Updated on:
June 9, 2023
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So you're relocating to a new city for a job; there are so many things that need to happen now! You’ll be totally lost if you don’t follow the relocation process properly. You need to find a place to live, settle into a new neighborhood, meet new people, get used to a new grocery store, and so much more! Sometimes, the best thing you can do is rent a home in this new city until you establish yourself. An increasingly popular option to consider is a tiny house. 

A tiny house is just what it sounds like: a small house. These houses are typically less than 500 square feet, making them a fraction of the size of a traditional home. But don't let the small size fool you–tiny houses can be just as comfortable and functional as traditional homes. 

There are many reasons to consider renting a tiny house when relocating for a job. This article is going to lay out those considerations for you to help you decide if a tiny house may be right for you!

Why Rent Before Buying?

First off, why should you consider renting a home at all before jumping in and buying a place in your new city? Here's just a few reasons why you may want to consider renting a home before you put a heavy dent in your finances by purchasing a house right away: 

  • You may not be sure about the new city you're moving to and want to take some time to explore it before committing to a purchase.
  • You may not be sure about this job you're taking–maybe it's not quite what you expected.
  • Renting gives you the freedom to move around without the hassle and expense of selling your home.
  • You may not have the credit or down payment to buy a home yet.
  • Renting can be a great way to save money while you're waiting to buy your forever home.

What Can I Expect from a Tiny House?

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The beauty of a tiny house is that they come in all shapes and sizes. So, what exactly can you expect from a tiny house? We've outlined it for you here:


Tiny houses typically have one or two bedrooms, which is great for couples or single occupancy. The kitchen and living space are often combined into one open-plan area, which makes for a cozy and convenient space. There's usually a small bathroom with a shower, and many tiny houses have loft spaces that can be used as an extra bedroom or storage area.


Since tiny houses are becoming more popular, there are more and more options for amenities in these little homes. You can find tiny houses with wi-fi, air conditioning, and even satellite TV. However, not all tiny houses have these amenities, so if they're important to you, be sure to ask about them before renting.


Tiny houses come in all shapes and sizes, but most of them are less than 500 square feet. This can be a pro or a con, depending on your needs. If you're looking for a lot of space, a tiny house may not be the right choice for you. But if you're downsizing or want to live more sustainably, a tiny house is perfect!

Pros & Cons of a Tiny House

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There are a lot of pros and cons to renting a tiny house, just like there are for renting any other kind of housing. Here are some things to think about: 


  • Smaller houses tend to be cheaper to rent than traditional homes.
  • Tiny houses are often more affordable to maintain than traditional homes.
  • Tiny houses are often easier to move than traditional homes--less packing and less unpacking!
  • Tiny houses can be a great way to live more sustainably.


  • Tiny houses may not have all of the amenities that you're used to in a traditional home.
  • Tiny houses can be challenging to furnish, especially if you have a lot of belongings.
  • These little homes are not quite as mainstream as traditional homes and can be difficult to find in some areas.

If you're considering renting a tiny house when relocating for a job, weigh the pros and cons to see if it's the right decision for you. Keep in mind that every situation is different, so there may be other factors that are important to you that aren't listed here.

Who Should Rent a Tiny House?

If you have four kids, two dogs, and a cat, chances are you're not looking for a tiny house. That being said, tiny houses are a great option for a wide demographic of people from single working professionals to newlywed couples to retirees. 

However, if you have that big family and you're looking to relocate to a new city for a job, it may be easier to move in stages. What does this mean? It means maybe the one taking the new job heads to the new city first, rents a cozy little home for a few months, and looks for a more appropriate home in the meantime. 

It can be hard to find your dream home, especially with all those kids, cats, and dogs! Renting a tiny home and getting a feel for your new city before bringing the whole gang over can be a great way to search the real estate listings for a home that's going to accommodate your whole family! 

As you can see, there are many things to consider when renting a tiny house. Weigh the pros and cons and see if this type of housing is the right choice for you. And remember, always consult with a real estate agent to get more specific information about the houses (big or small!) available in your area.

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