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Buying a Tiny House

Your Questions Answered

Buying a tiny house from Tiny Heirloom

Buying a tiny house can be complicated, but at Tiny Heirloom we try our hardest to make the process easier. We have compiled a list of commonly asked questions for you to get more familiar with buying a tiny house.

HOW DOES THE CUSTOMIZATION PROCESS WORK?

We’ve made buying a tiny house and the customization process as hassle free as possible. We will talk you through financing, custom floor plan, interior/exterior design, cosmetics, insulation, etc..

Tiny Heirloom is the leading provider of premium custom tiny homes in the US. That means, as a Tiny Heirloom Standard, from beginning to end, every detail, big and small, is thought of and perfected. From designing to delivery, framing to finish work, hours upon hours of detail and care are incorporated into a finished product that we can honestly and confidently call the best and most quality tiny home in the world. Once we have something you love drawn up we work together with our Design Team to get it ready to build in Portland, Oregon.

HOW MUCH CAN I EXPECT TO PAY FOR A TINY HEIRLOOM?

Our custom base model packages start at $89,000. Our base models are very extensive in their all-inclusiveness, however, we highly encourage customizing it further to expand and build off of the base packages to create a personalized match for the owner. The sky is the limit! We would love to make anyone's dream Tiny Heirloom come to life.

Everything that is needed is included within the custom package. We have no last minute add-ons and no hidden fees. The only price difference occurs with size of unit, customization of materials and layouts, “off grid” capabilities and technological or structural additions. We don’t even charge for delivery. No matter where you are in the contiguous U.S. At Tiny Heirloom we have an ‘On-time In-Budget’ philosophy. We will not go over the stated amount, and it will not take longer than we say it will. Average time from beginning to end is anywhere from 90-120 days. However, if you are a custom build for our TV show, we build them in 30 days.

IF I CAN'T PAY CASH, WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS?

We’ve made financing as easy as possible. The process is very similar to applying for a car loan except it will likely be classified as a RV or Travel Trailer loan.

There are many ways to finance your tiny home Travel Trailer. Soft or hard loans, personal unsecured loans, RV loans, etc.. Our in-house finance advisors will walk you through the process step by step as they evaluate your credentials and connect you with the right lending institution.

DO I NEED PERMITS TO BUILD & SPEND TIME IN A TINY HEIRLOOM?

Typically, no permits needed on your end and depending on where you live no taxes to park a tiny house. Codes and zoning vary from city to city so we recommend talking with your local jurisdiction to clarify where you can park your tiny home. We will take care of all licenses and other legalities that come with manufacturing, so that you can sit back and enjoy; stress free.

Since we are technically a Travel Trailer Manufacturer, you can drive your Heirloom down the road any time you want. You don’t have to have an escort service or call ahead to get a permit. It is as mobile and flexible as you need it to be. And for those who decide to keep it in one spot, we build all of our Tiny Heirlooms to be stable and structurally sound whether sitting or moving. Our Heirloom will literally outlive anyone who buys it!

DO I HOOK UP TO A SEWER SYSTEM OR SEPTIC TANK?

In every Tiny Heirloom we have all of the sewer needs taken care of, so you don’t have to be plugged into a system of any sort.

Our units will either have a compostable toilet (that reduces waste to 10% by evaporating 90% of it), or we will have a black water tank included. This means you will only have to empty a tank once every 1-2 months, or empty your compostable toilet receptacle (by this point, becoming odorless, harmless bury-able waste) once every 1-3 months!

HOW DOES THE ELECTRICAL SYSTEM WORK?

At Tiny Heirloom we believe that every Tiny Heirloom should be as convenient and accessible as possible. The electrical systems works much like a traditional RV. If you are not off grid you will need to be plugged into the grid through a provided 30amp or 50amp cord that will power your house.

There are multiple different upgradable options that can allow you to be more “off grid” and live a more green and efficient lifestyle. That means you can be plugged into an external power source, or run off battery power, wind and solar power. So whether you’re linked electrically to your family or friends house, or just out in the middle of nowhere, all of your power needs can be met.

WHAT KIND OF TECHNOLOGY IS IN A TINY HEIRLOOM?

Currently, all Tiny Heirloom custom starter packages come with in-house speakers and all LED lighting, as well as Nest smoke detectors.

We also love intergrading hand free lighting, voice activated door locks, remote controlled solar skylights and blinds, automated thermostats, auto leveling jacks, propane level readings, Bluetooth surround sound and many other intergraded high-performance technologies make for convenient and comfortable living.

WHAT DOES THE CUSTOM BASE PACKAGE INCLUDE?

Even our custom base package is luxurious from top to bottom. Framing will always be sturdy and top-quality, no exceptions. We never skimp on materials or trailer structural integrity to save money. We don’t believe people should have to pick and choose through the must have options when they can all be included.

The base custom package also comes with granite countertops, painted or stained cabinets and cupboards, engineered wood or bamboo flooring, mini split for heat & AC, stainless steel appliances, washer/dryer combo unit, painted or stained interior and exterior, one egress skylight, closed cell spray in foam insulation and our shipping package.

HOW MUCH DO THEY WEIGH?

When buying a tiny house the weight can vary dramatically depending on size and customization. Typically they will be anywhere from 8,000 pounds to 21,000 pounds.

So although it depends on each specific trailer we typically don’t recommend anything less than a 3/4 ton pickup with good towing capabilities. All trailers have a 2 5/16 ball hitch. Weight is one of our big challenges we are constantly trying to improve on. Being that many luxury and well made products are heavier and more substantial we are faced with the task of creating a light and easily towable Tiny Heirloom without compromising the use of quality and well made products.

I DON'T LIVE IN OREGON, CAN I STILL GET MY TINY HEIRLOOM?

Yes! We deliver to any of the US contiguous 48 states at no charge for most of our models.

When buying a tiny house most places charge up to $12,000 last minute to ship across the states, but to make the buying process the most simple we can, we offer one price that includes literally everything you would need to get your custom Tiny Heirloom built and delivered to you ready for your enjoyment.

WHERE WOULD I PARK MY TINY HEIRLOOM?

Ideally, buying your own property would be, seemingly, your best solution. However, there are more economical routes as well: A lot of people rent out their driveways or backyards to people with RV’s or Tiny Homes.

There are also certain RV parks that allow tiny homes. Additionally, we are working on getting developable land to start Heirloom communities for long term and short term tiny homers. We will keep you posted on our progress.

HOW DO I CONTACT YOU AND GET STARTED BUILDING MY TINY HEIRLOOM?

To start a conversation and get a quote on your own custom designed Tiny Heirloom just click the button below TAKE ACTION NOW!

Once your form is submitted look out for more information in your email box about our tiny homes! Once you fill out the emailed quote form we will connect with you via email or phone to answer any questions you might have and get you moving towards owning your own Tiny Heirloom tiny house.

  • HOW DOES THE CUSTOMIZATION PROCESS WORK?

We’ve made buying a tiny house and the customization process as hassle free as possible. We will talk you through financing, custom floor plan, interior/exterior design, cosmetics, insulation, etc..

Tiny Heirloom is the leading provider of premium custom tiny homes in the US. That means, as a Tiny Heirloom Standard, from beginning to end, every detail, big and small, is thought of and perfected. From designing to delivery, framing to finish work, hours upon hours of detail and care are incorporated into a finished product that we can honestly and confidently call the best and most quality tiny home in the world. Once we have something you love drawn up we work with our engineer to get it ready to build in Portland, Oregon.

  • HOW MUCH CAN I EXPECT TO PAY FOR A TINY HEIRLOOM?

Our custom base model packages start at $89,000. Our base models are very extensive in their all-inclusiveness, however, we highly encourage customizing it further to expand and build off of the base packages to create a personalized match for the owner. The sky is the limit! We would love to make anyone’s dream Tiny Heirloom come to life.

Everything that is needed is included within the custom package. We have no last minute add-ons and no hidden fees. The only price difference occurs with size of unit, customization of materials and layouts, “off grid” capabilities and technological or structural additions. We don’t even charge for delivery. No matter where you are in the continental U.S. At Tiny Heirloom we have an ‘On-time In-Budget’ philosophy. We will not go over the stated amount, and it will not take longer than we say it will. Average time from beginning to end is anywhere from 90-120 days. However, if you are a custom build for our TV show, we build them in 30 days.

  • IF I CAN’T PAY CASH, WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS?

We’ve made financing as easy as possible. The process is the same, if not easier, than applying for a car loan. But minus the car salesman! As far as we know, we are the ONLY manufacturer in Oregon that build our units as classified ‘travel trailers’. Most other manufacturers are licensed as ‘park model RV’ manufacturers. While there is nothing wrong with that inherently, it is extremely hard to get a loan for those Park Model RV types. Basically, since Heirlooms are travel trailers, most banks will finance you no problem at all. Making buying a tiny house more within reach.

  • DO I NEED PERMITS TO BUILD & SPEND TIME IN A TINY HEIRLOOM?

Amazingly, there are no permits needed on your end and no taxes to establish it somewhere. We will take care of all manufacturing licenses and other legalities, so that you can sit back and enjoy; stress-free. Since we are technically a Travel Trailer Manufacturer, you can drive your Heirloom down the road anytime you want. You don’t have to have an escort service or call ahead to get a permit. It is as mobile and flexible as you need it to be. And for those who decide to keep it in one spot, we have engineered our Heirlooms to be stable and structurally sound whether sitting or moving. Our Heirloom will literally outlive anyone who buys it!

  • DO I HOOK UP TO A SEWER SYSTEM OR SEPTIC TANK?

In every Tiny Heirloom we have all of the sewer needs taken care of, so you don’t have to be plugged into a system of any sort. Our units will either have a compostable toilet (that reduces waste to 10% by evaporating 90% of it), or we will have a black water tank included. This means you will only have to empty a tank once every 1-2 months, or empty your compostable toilet receptacle (by this point, becoming odorless, harmless bury-able waste) once every 1-3 months!

  • HOW DOES THE ELECTRICAL SYSTEM WORK?

At Tiny Heirloom we believe that every Tiny Heirloom should be as convenient and accessible as possible.There are multiple different upgradable options that can allow you to be more “off grid” and live a more green and efficient lifestyle. That means you can be plugged into an external power source, or run off battery power, wind and solar power. So whether you’re linked electrically to your family or friends house, or just out in the middle of nowhere, all of your power needs can be met.

  • WHAT KIND OF TECHNOLOGY IS IN A TINY HEIRLOOM?

Currently, all Tiny Heirloom custom starter packages come with in-house speakers and all LED lighting, as well as Nest smoke detectors. We also love intergrading hand free lighting, voice activated door locks, remote controlled solar skylights and blinds, automated thermostats, auto leveling jacks, tank level indication and propane level readings, Bluetooth surround sound and many other intergraded high-performance technologies make for convenient and comfortable living.

  • WHAT DOES THE CUSTOM BASE PACKAGE INCLUDE?

Even our custom base package is luxurious from top to bottom. Framing will always be sturdy and top-quality, no exceptions. We never skimp on materials or trailer structural integrity to save money. We don’t believe people should have to pick and choose through the must have options when they can all be included. The base custom package also comes with granite countertops, painted or stained cabinets and cupboards, real-wood or bamboo flooring, mini split for heat & AC, stainless steel appliances, washer/dryer combo unit, painted or stained interior and exterior, closed cell spray in foam insulation and our shipping package. 

  • HOW MUCH DO THEY WEIGH?

When buying a tiny house the weight can vary dramatically depending on size and customization. Typically they will be anywhere from 8,000 pounds to 20,000 pounds. So although it depends on each specific trailer we typically don’t recommend anything less than a 3/4 ton pickup with good towing capabilities. All trailers have a 2 5/16 ball hitch. Weight is one of our big challenges we are constantly trying to improve on. Being that many luxury and well made products are heavier and more substantial we are faced with the task of creating a light and easily towable Tiny Heirloom yet without compromising the use of quality and well made products.

  • I DON’T LIVE IN OREGON, CAN I STILL GET MY TINY HEIRLOOM?

Yes! We deliver to any of the US Continental 48 states at no charge for most of our models. When buying a tiny house most places charge up to $12,000 last minute to ship across the states, but to make the buying process the most simple we can, we offer one price that includes literally everything you would need to get your custom Tiny Heirloom built and delivered to you ready for your enjoyment.

  • WHERE WOULD I PARK MY TINY HEIRLOOM?

Ideally, buying your own property would be, seemingly, your best solution. However, there are more economical routes as well: A lot of people rent out their driveways or backyards to people with RV’s or Tiny Homes. Also, since we are Travel Trailer manufacturers, any RV park will allow our Tiny Heirlooms because they conform with all standards and codes that Oregon can throw at them! Additionally, we are working (for the future) on getting developable land to start Heirloom communities on. We will keep you posted on our progress.

 

  • HOW DO I CONTACT YOU AND GET STARTED BUILDING MY TINY HEIRLOOM?

To start a conversation and get a quote on your own custom designed Tiny Heirloom just click the button below TAKE ACTION NOW! Once your form is submitted look out for more information in your email box about our tiny homes! Once you fill out the emailed quote form we will connect with you via email or phone to answer any questions you might have. 

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