Your tiny house delivery day is thisclose, and we know you’re excited! But before we hand over the keys, there are a few things you’ll want to do to prepare for the arrival of your Mint tiny home.
Don’t worry, though, we’ve done this a time or two, and we’ve got you covered! This cheat sheet will answer your questions, tell you what tiny house supplies you’ll need, and calm your nerves.
Ready to dive in? Let’s talk transportation.
Answer: You don’t have to call anyone because we’ve already handled it.
Here at Mint Tiny House Company, we build the cost of tiny house transportation into the cost of your build. We know from experience that new tiny home owners have a lot on their minds! So don’t worry about it. Step one is already done!
Our independently contracted tiny house transportation drivers make a decent wage, so tipping isn’t expected the way it is in a restaurant. Still, it’s a nice gesture if you’re feeling it. Some of our clients have also given them a Chipotle gift card and a cute note. Honestly, it’s up to you.
The tiny house transporter is responsible for parking your home in its tiny house parking spot, but their responsibilities end there.
Tiny house transportation companies are not responsible for leveling your home or hooking it up to utilities.
As their title suggests, tiny house transportation companies only transport tiny homes, but don’t worry, we’ll help you with the next steps! Let’s talk about your tiny house parking spot!
We know you’ll want to give your Mint tiny house the best possible home. And to accomplish that, we recommend a concrete parking pad or a gravel pad that’s been graded and levelled.
Good news- if you choose to park your tiny home in an RV park or tiny home community, the pad will already be in place!
Welllllllll… it’s not the best idea. Here’s the thing: your tiny house is heavy, which means that even the slightest bit of moisture will cause your house to settle— and not evenly.
Although your tiny house is designed for movement, once it’s in its tiny house parking spot, you’ll want to keep the trailer (the foundation of your tiny house) as supported as possible. The flatter and firmer the ground, the more supported your tiny house “foundation” will be.
Now, let’s move on to tiny house leveling and skirting!
Great question. This one usually freaks people out! But seriously, it’s not as hard as you think. If you’ve ever done pilates, you have the strength to level a tiny house.
Now, that being said, levelling will go more smoothly if you enlist the help of a friend or two who’s leveled something in their lives.
Here is a list of supplies you’ll need.
Tiny House Levelling Checklist:
Just use the bottle jacks to help you make adjustments until your tiny house is level.
Oh, and if you’re wondering, you want to take weight off your tiny house tires to protect them. And stabilizing your home means you can throw tiny house dance parties without the “bounce.” (Because you’re going to throw tiny house dance parties, right?!)
P.S. Don’t forget to put a wood support under the tongue!
P.P.S. Your tiny house will have scissor jacks attached to it. Think of these as stabilizing jacks. They are there for support, but it’s best to have bottle jacks do the heavy lifting and let most of the weight rest on the wood supports.
Another good question. This one’s up to you, but here are a few benefits:
So skirting is totally a personal decision, but here is our recommendation.
Let’s get your tiny house utilities up and running first. Sound good?
You’ve used a garden hose, right? Excellent, because connecting your tiny house to water is that easy!
Just use a potable water hose and not a regular garden hose.
Here are the supplies you’ll want to have on hand.
Tiny House Water Connection Checklist:
To ensure a tight seal, you’ll want to plan ahead and have some extra rubber washers and plumber’s tape on hand. These two items should correct any drips in your tiny house waterline.
You’ll also want to consider a water flow regulator. This will protect your house from high water pressure bursts.
This is another super easy one. Plugging in your tiny house is like plugging in a lamp— it’s just a bigger plug!
Here’s what you’ll need.
Tiny House Electrical Checklist:
You may not need any adapters, but it’s just something to be aware of. And the surge protector is to protect your shiny new tiny house appliances!
P.S. Keep the electricity turned off while you connect the house. You can flip the breaker on once you’re connected. #InstantHouse
This is another easy one!
You know those propane tanks they sell at gas stations? Just get (two) of those.
Here are the other things you’ll need.
Tiny House Propane Checklist:
Why do you need two propane tanks for a tiny house? Because you will inevitably run out of propane while cooking. Sometimes at night. Hence, the headlamp. Trust us, don’t skip either of those two things!
The propane gauge will give you an idea of how much propane you have left. *Approximately how much propane you have left. Again, buy a backup tank.
Your Mint Tiny house will come with a propane hose and regulator, so just twist the hose onto the gauge and the gauge onto the propane tank. We promise it will all make sense when you’re looking at it!
No tiny house delivery day is without a snag or two, but if you follow the guide above, you should be in great shape! And please don’t hesitate to call us! We are on deck for all your tiny house delivery day needs.
That’s all for today, but we’ll be back next week with more tiny house information and inspiration, so be sure to subscribe before you go.
Thanks for reading!