10 Things You Didn't Know About Living in a Tiny Home

It's a lazy weekend and you’re plunked down on the couch channel surfing.

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It's a lazy weekend and you’re plunked down on the couch channel surfing. Before you know it, you've gotten caught up in a "Tiny House Hunters" marathon on HGTV. Several hours later, you're seriously considering downsizing your entire life to fit into 400 square feet or less, because you're now an expert on tiny home living, right? Not so fast. Those reality TV shows only provide a heavily edited snapshot of what it's like to house hunt for and live in such a small abode.

We talked with several seasoned tiny homeowners and industry experts to find some of the little-known things novice buyers don’t realize until after they've signed on the dotted line. Here's what they had to say about the realities of tiny home living.

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Andrea Browne Taylor
Contributing Editor

Browne Taylor joined Kiplinger in 2011 and was a channel editor for Kiplinger.com covering living and family finance topics. She previously worked at the Washington Post as a Web producer in the Style section and prior to that covered the Jobs, Cars and Real Estate sections. She earned a BA in journalism from Howard University in Washington, D.C. She is Director of Member Services, at the National Association of Home Builders.