Buying $3000 Tiny House Land- Tips/What to Look for….


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From renegade approach ideas, to legal avenues, Derek “Derek” Diedricksen talks about how he goes about finding and buying ultra-affordable plots of land- in this case, a parcel near , CA that he plans to use for future build workshop experiments (adobe, alternative-materials construction), and shelters.


  1. Research any code violations submitted on the property. You buy that along with the land and will then have to fix whatever the violation was.

    • A. Downing hit up Airbnb rentals for the kinds of place you want to build or live in and see where they are. That is a start. I was talking to county planning commissioner today in one county I buy and sell land in. He helped me through the application to change the zoning so a land buyer I got could build his own tiny house. Owner builder style. He can’t build it for immeadate resale but he can live in it. Basically since the land next to it had easy zoning and there are no neighbors in the area to complain we could take the zoning from 8000sq foot lots to 4 acre lots that fit the criteria in that county. Call the county tell them what you want to do. Some want you there. Some don’t.

    • Its not so much “by state”, but by town/county. Start by searching “legal tiny house”- you’ll find lots of clickbait, but then some legal homes in MA, TX, and a few other pockets….

  2. Definitely helpful and…
    …who needs “cute” (though you’ve got your own ‘cute’) – with your sense of humor??!

  3. Great tips, we’ve been looking for land. Here in Washington/Oregon area, the prices are all through the roof. I’ll try these sites and keep my fingers crossed. P.S. I ain’t pretty neither, lol, but the videos keep coming.

  4. I got mine on Land and Farm. After I got it I was looking for other stuff in the area by the zip code and found tons of other properties nearby. I was really happy with what I got though, and it is pretty unique. There aren’t many jobs in the area, but it is only 1 1/2 hours from where I live now which makes it easier for me to just swing by once every few weeks.

    Don’t let those taxes build up! I’m only paying ~$50 a year, but the guy I got it from didn’t pay any taxes after the economy went south and he spent more on back taxes than what I paid! I’d sell my left arm before I let that happen!

  5. When dealing with the zoning departments sometimes it is better to ask them what type of structure or storage is aloud. Such as can I build a shed or can I store a trailer on it? Don’t just tell them what you want to put on it. Helps keep the conversation open longer from my experience.

  6. I’m looking for a “dirt farm” my self, keep the tips coming and I’ll give you a holler when I find any tips for you! Chicago is easy tiny homes but none to build so I’m going primitive (the other kind)!

  7. Great points Deek! Would you consider doing a video discussing any efforts you know about to make tiny homes legal and accepted in cities and municipalities. Some of the frustrations I am hearing from others interested in going tiny is the difficulty in finding a place to legally park their home. How can we as a community unite to help encourage local governments to take the tiny home movement seriously and address these issues. I am part of a start up company located in the Kansas City area and we want to be a part of the tiny home movement. Keep up the great videos, we really like Relax shacks stuff.

  8. and got bought out by a big company then they raised listing prices alot. I think a lot of the cheap stuff will have a harder time paying their fees.

  9. Also, the quality of the water is important. There can be a lot of contaminants, some even naturally occuring, that can be problematic to remove. So if you have a well, spend the $200 or so to get it tested by a certified lab. Google Earth Pro can view historical photos, also some counties will have historical aerial photos available – those will also show if there was a gas station which could mean an underground tank that has leaked. Check out the site, see if there is any industrial waste – obviously don’t touch anything, but if you see any 55 gal drums that could be bad news, maybe require a Phase I Environmental Assessment from the seller. For flood plains, you can lookup FEMA maps, but those aren’t always 100% – meaning it could flood a little outside the boundary – you need to make sure you build high enough. A title report will usually reveal a lot. Lookup the EPA superfund sites – those are sites which have been contaminated in the past where the ground or water may still be affected. Make sure you also have access to the water rights, most water and mineral rights are typically excluded from land deeds although it may be different really far from cities. Hope that helps

  10. Thank you for being relevant. I used to live in Washoe Valley, NV. Below Tahoe, between Carson City and Reno where there were many little homes of unique origins which started my fascination with tiny homes. Missed you when I was back home in Maine a while back hope to see you in Utah some day soon…

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