Tiny House Shells vs. Move-in-Ready Homes: Tips to Choose the Right Option

The economic and environmental factors have successfully converted many to opt for a minimalist lifestyle. At the forefront of this is the tiny house movement, sweeping millennials as we as older homeowners and even retirees with a wide range of creative, custom-designed, and technologically sound mini dwellings.

You may have taken the plunge and decided to be a tiny house owner too. Now, it’s time for another crucial decision—will it be a tiny house shell or a move-in-ready home for you?

To begin with, let’s get familiar with the two options:

Tiny House Shells: These are pre-built structures which involve a partial amount of DIY building on the part of the buyer. So, a tiny house shell will comprise flooring and roofing, built-in walls, doors, and windows. Some options also include a custom trailer. The constructional framework of a tiny house is completed in the production facility premises, while the shell requires just the interior and exterior fittings and the finishing touches.

Move-in-Ready Homes: These are readymade homes for immediate possession and do not require any DIY building experience on the buyer’s part. You can move in and start living your dream.

These homes complete their entire construction process at the manufacturing facility and are custom-fitted according to the buyer’s budget and preference by the builder.

Admittedly, there are several pros and cons attached to both these options. Therefore, based on your tiny home aspiration, you have to decide on the right fit for you. There are several factors involved, such as budget, commitment, experience, and the lifestyle you are aiming at when you consider a tiny home for yourself.
That said, here are some pros and cons of both the options that will help you make a well-informed decision.

Pros of tiny house shells

1. Tiny house shells can reduce labor costs extensively from the building process as it involves a fair amount of DIY. Besides, building your own tiny home can be a rewarding experience.

2. A tiny house shell is way less expensive than a finished, move-in-ready home.

3. Customized interiors can be quite an expensive feature escalating the cost of your tiny home. Tiny house shells come in standard specifications which keep the budget under control.

4. Shells come with a pre-fabricated foundation, which means that experience and time required in building the rest of the house isn’t a cause for worry.

5. When using a shell, you can opt for recycled and upcycled building materials, reducing both consumptions and cost in the process.

Cons of tiny house shells
1. Tiny house shells require some amount of time commitment to be able to turn out according to specifications. Moreover, non-professional work plans and design executions could create unforeseen problems too.

2. Tiny house shells come with fixed floor plans allowing zero flexibility in terms of changing dimensions or future size alterations to your home.

Pros of move-in-ready homes
1. These homes are ideal for those who have zero building experience and aren’t too confident in their DIY skills. By willing to pay extra, you can put your trust in the builder’s efficiency and enjoy complete peace of mind.

2. Most move-in-ready homes offer customization from floor plans to window sizes and even storage options.

3. This turnkey solution can save you a lot of time and drastically reduce the waiting period before you start your micro-living experience.

4. Move-in-ready homes are built to strict safety standards and come with proper certification, so you know they are safe for the road as well as for living.

5. The builder made homes are expensive but have a better resale value.

Cons of move-in-ready homes
Besides the price factor, there isn’t really any drawback of this approach. If you can afford it, you can realize your dreams of tiny living much sooner, and with much less hassle.

Ultimately, there are two critical factors to consider when it comes to making the building versus buying decision: Time and Money.

If you can’t see yourself spending on a ready-to-move-in home, then you have to make peace with the tool belt and focus on building yourself a house. Depending on how handy you are, you may still need to hire professionals to handle some parts of the construction, which will add to the cost. However, if saving time is your prerogative, then buying from a builder is your best bet.

No matter what you choose, remember to ask for and source help when building and do not forget to do your research before buying. If you are still looking for answers to this dilemma, reach out to us today — tiny homes, whether in shells or ready to move-in, have our passionate commitment.