If you read this site often, you likely already know that tiny homes can be good for the environment because they naturally use less resources than larger homes. You may be perfectly comfortable living in a small home that only serves your basic needs in order to protect the planet.
However, not everyone immediately sees the appeal of tiny homes. That may have little impact on you if you’re choosing to live in a tiny home for a long time. On the other hand, the way others feel about tiny homes could have implications for your financial life if you own a tiny home (or several) that you plan on renting out to tenants.
Finding tenants for a tiny home can seem like a challenging task. That doesn’t mean it has to be. To make your tiny home more attractive to prospective tenants, apply the following key tips:
Point Out the (Specific) Eco-Friendly Benefits
Many people have heard that living in a tiny home is good for the environment. That said, they may not have heard exactly why this is the case.
It’s becoming increasingly common for people from virtually all walks of life to genuinely care about limiting their carbon footprint and conserving resources. In some cases, the only reason a person hasn’t made a particular eco-friendly lifestyle change is because they haven’t been sold on the true benefits of doing so. They need more details to know for certain that making a specific lifestyle adjustment will truly help them do their part.
When advertising tiny homes to tenants, make a point of going into greater detail instead of simply saying “tiny homes are eco-friendly.” For instance, you could point out that a recent study indicates the overall ecological footprint of the average tiny home tenant or owner is reduced by 45% after they move into a tiny home. Or, you might explain how research indicates that when someone moves into a tiny home, the major change in lifestyle causes them to begin adopting other eco-friendly habits. These are the types of benefits prospective tenants need to hear more about.
Interview Those Who Live in Tiny Homes
Again, when people move into tiny homes, it’s not uncommon for them to experience benefits that they may not have anticipated. Thus, you could find interviews with people who live in tiny homes in which they may describe those benefits, or you can conduct those interviews yourself by reaching out to people on tiny home Internet communities.
The potential benefits of living in a tiny home may become more “real” to a prospective tenant when they hear someone who actually lives in a tiny home discuss them.
Don’t Just Focus on Eco-Friendliness
Going into detail when describing how living in a tiny home is good for the environment can be an effective way to advertise one to tenants. That said, it’s wise to also touch on other benefits in your advertisements.
For example, often, people who live in tiny homes save a lot of money. This is partially because renting or buying a small home tends to naturally be less costly than renting or buying a larger home in the same area.
Additionally, when a home is fairly small, there’s less space to fill up with items that may not be necessary. As such, living in a tiny home can make someone less likely to spend excessive money on items they don’t really need simply to fill up space.
All that said, while you may wish to make money by renting your tiny home out to others, you might not want to have to spend too much time managing it. That’s why you shouldn’t merely be looking for tenants right now. Instead, consider looking for a property manager as well. They can make finding and keeping quality tenants much easier.