4 Features to Look for in a Tiny Retirement Home

Certain design features can make tiny homes safer and more comfortable for downsizing retirees.

Moving into a tiny home can be uniquely appealing to certain retirees who are seeking to downsize their lives in a big way. After all, compared with a traditional full-size house, a tiny home is more affordable to purchase, less expensive to live in and easier to maintain. Plus, the limited space compels you to declutter. Incidentally, there's no rule that dictates just how tiny a tiny home needs to be. If you're accustomed to more space and want to hang on to more stuff, spring for a tiny home with extra square footage.

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Michael DeSenne
Executive Editor, Kiplinger.com
DeSenne made the leap to online financial journalism in 1998, just in time for the dot-com boom. After a stint with Dow Jones Newswires, dreams of IPO riches led him to SmartMoney.com, where over nine years he held several positions, including executive editor. He later served as the personal finance editor at HouseLogic.com and AARP.org. In 2011, he joined Kiplinger.com, where he focuses on content strategy, video, SEO and Web analytics. DeSenne has a BA from Williams College in Anthropology—a major deemed the absolute worst for career success by none other than Kiplinger.