How to Prepare Your Property: Essential Steps for Tiny House Readiness

Moving into a Tiny House is an exciting step towards a minimalist and sustainable lifestyle. However, before you can enjoy your new Tiny Home, it’s essential to prepare your property. Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you get your property ready for your Tiny House.

Our Tiny Houses are 8.5 feet wide and in many places, they are considered ADUs (Accessory Dwelling Units) so you can park anywhere they are accepted! Additionally they are certified as RVs, so you can park them anywhere you can park an RV.

  1. Check Zoning Laws and Regulations
  • Research Local Regulations: Start by researching the local zoning codes and regulations in your area. This information can usually be found on your city or county’s official website.
  • Contact Local Planning Department: Reach out to the local planning or zoning department to get specific details on where you can legally park your tiny house. Ask about any restrictions or special permits required for your Tiny House. 
  • Review State Regulations: Some states have specific regulations for Tiny Houses. Make sure to review these guidelines to ensure compliance.
  1. Insurance

Insuring your tiny house is essential for protecting your investment. Tiny houses on wheels, like those from Tiny Topanga, require specialized insurance policies. Here’s what to consider:

  • Comprehensive Coverage: Ensure the policy includes coverage for theft, fire, natural disasters, and other potential risks. Given that tiny houses can be moved, it’s important to consider additional coverage for transit-related risks. Make sure your policy covers both stationary and mobile scenarios. (There is typically an add-on for transportation, and we highly recommend it!)
  • Personal Property and Liability: Besides structural coverage, ensure your policy includes personal property coverage for your belongings inside the tiny house. Also, look for liability coverage to protect you from any claims of injury or damage that might occur while your tiny house is stationary or on the move.
  • RV Certification: Since Tiny Topanga homes are certified as RVs, check if your insurance provider offers RV insurance that could cover your tiny home. Ensure that the policy is suitable for both stationary living and when your tiny house is being transported.

We recommend connecting with My Strategic Insurance to get a policy specific for your tiny house. 

  1. Preparing Your Property

Tiny Topanga delivers and installs all of our tiny homes as part of our complete build service. However, whether you’re working with us or someone else, there are things you have to prepare before receiving your tiny home. 

  • The land must be leveled. This is very important for a number of reasons. Tiny houses are built with certain angles and measurements in mind, and if the land is not level, there can be leaks, it can cause structural damage over time, and more noticeably you’ll have to walk through your tiny house a bit off balance every day, and who wants to do that?!  
  • The ground should have concrete, gravel, or compacted dirt. The ideal scenario is to have concrete or cement laid, but if that is not feasible, gravel or compacted dirt on leveled land will be fine. Just note that periodically as weather changes the foundation, you’ll have to adjust the jacks that the tiny house sits on to keep it leveled. 
  • Clear the area of any low hanging branches to avoid exterior damage to the tiny house. 
  • Depending on the utilities you’ll use, have them set up before delivery. You’ll typically need a 50 amp RV hookup for electricity, a clean water line, a sewage/septic line, and a propane tank or line to natural gas. 

Preparing your property for a Tiny House is an essential step to ensure a smooth and enjoyable transition into tiny living. By understanding and complying with local zoning laws, insurance, and prepping the land, you can create a safe and comfortable environment for your Tiny Topanga home.

For more information and to explore our range of tiny houses, visit our website or contact us directly. Our team is always ready to assist you in every step of your tiny house journey!

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