5 Ways Living in a Shed House Will Make You Happier

Starting to think a big house, 2.4 kids, cat, dog, and white picket fence is a bit overrated? Let’s not forget the debt and clutter that comes with all that. If the “American dream” isn’t your dream, it may be time to look into a totally new kind of lifestyle: shed house living.

1. Cuts down on clutter

On average, newly built homes in America now offer more than 2,600 square feet. With smaller and smaller families, that means each person has about 1,000 square feet of living space. Let’s be honest, that’s a bit excessive.

With all that extra space, you have to fill it with more stuff, right? Oh, Target’s having a sale! Better stock up on throw pillows. Look at all that empty wall space – time to fill it with picture frames and wall hangings.

Perhaps each time you visit your parents you leave with a trunk full of old kitchen contraptions, outdated decor, and other nick nacks. Before you know it, you’re tripping over Great-Grandma’s dusty quilts.

As Marie Kondo would say, keeping only items that “spark joy” makes for an overall happier life. Living in a shed house means you have less area to decorate and doubles as a great excuse for refusing unwanted hand-me-downs.

2. Requires less maintenance

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At New England Rent to Own, our custom built shed houses can be run with electric and fully insulated. We can even finish the walls and ceiling in beautiful tongue and groove pine.

Mo stuff, mo problems. Purchasing and installing an item is only the beginning. You might as well get a part time job as a handyman with the number of lights and floorboards that potentially need fixing in your average home.

Painting, staining, sanding, stopping leaks… Money and time will be spent much less enthusiastically on repairing home items than when you first purchased them. The good news is that it’s a cinch to properly maintain sheds!

3. Allows you to tidy up quicker

Does cleaning top your list of favorite pastimes? No? Me neither. If you’re like most people, mopping three stories worth of floors and dusting a million trinkets isn’t your idea of a good time. In a shed house, these mundane tasks can be out of the way in minutes.

4. Lowers bills

Besides the money you’ll save by not having to furnish and maintain 2,600 square feet, you’ll also save big on utility bills. For the average shed house, $10-$30 per month will easily cover utilities. Prepare to be amazed (or horrified) as you compare that to your current utility bill.

I don’t have to tell you that the mortgage of a traditional home or monthly rent of an apartment also can’t compete with the price of a shed house. Plus, if you have a home you’re not quite ready to part with, you could even make a profit by renting it out instead of selling while living in your shed house.

Do more of what makes you happy

When you cut down on household repairs, cleaning, clutter, and bills, you can focus your time and money on what makes you happy. In the end, what kind of memories will matter most to you? Those spent on renovations and repairs, or out on a new adventure with people you love?

If you’re worried about your credit or not ready to pay for a shed house in full: no worries! We build high-quality shed houses that can be purchased conveniently through our rent-to-own program.

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