Buying a Tiny Home

Accidentally won a tiny house from McDonalds? 4 things to do with it

The NOMAD Tiny House on Wheels by Minimaliste sits proudly in the center of Instant Win Prizes on this year’s Coast to Coast Monopoly board from McDonalds.

Bringing tiny houses to the attention of millions across the country, Minimaliste continues with its mission to democratize them. This means, statistically speaking, someone totally random, who was just getting a morning coffee, could win this house.

So, for the lucky winner of McDonalds Monopoly board, who won not a gift card, Xbox, or family trip, but AN ENTIRE TINY HOUSE, here’s what you can do now.

1. Use it as a cottage/cabin

Photo: Minimaliste

The NOMAD is not a tiny house you can live in year-round. Unlike most tiny houses built in Canada, or even most tiny houses built by Minimaliste, this one is specifically not insulated for Canadian winters. It is built to RV standard, meaning you can use it in warm weather as you would a cottage or cabin.

If you happen to own land for a cottage already, you’re in luck. Just remember that the municipality that manages that land will consider this tiny house an RV, not a home. So, be sure to check for rules and regulations surrounding how long, where, and whether one can be parked on your property. NOMAD is certified by NOAH as per the NFPA 1192 travel trailer RV standards, which might help.

2. Use it for glamping

Photo: Minimaliste

As mentioned above, the NOMAD is not for full time living, because it’s built to be light and mobile. Most tiny homes on wheels are quite onerous to actually move, and people don’t do it more often than needed. A NOMAD is made to move and yes, you can take it cross country and stay in campgrounds along the way, sleeping in the comfort of your ultra-stylish new mini-mansion. Because of its certification, you should have no problem parking it in any space where RVs are allowed.

Just remember to get a really big truck. And a sway kit. The tiny house weighs between 14 and 18 thousand pounds.

As you’re enjoying the warm summer nights in the NOMAD, remember to plan for winter storage. Don’t assume you can simply store this on your driveway – municipal governments tend to dislike having RVs litter their lawns, driveways, and fields, although the rules seem to be a lot less stringent the further you get from a major city. Even though yours is sooooo beautiful and drool-worthy, it will still fall under the same rules as a 1990’s contraption rusting slowly into the ground.

3. Rent it out on AirBNB

Photo: Minimaliste

Feel like sharing the experience of this glorious mobile tiny house? You can rent it out on AirBnB with phenomenal results. After all, Minimaliste is one of the most famous tiny home builders in Canada and there’s a whole movement of die-hard fans out there. They will pay big money to stay in this house even one night. Just remember, again, to check regulations because AirBnBs are also not a favourite of municipalities.

4. Sell it

Photo: Minimaliste

If camping while you ooze style and enjoy every comfort is still not your thing, you can always sell this gem to someone who has dreamed about owning one. Minimaliste is incredibly popular, and their builds are on so many wish lists that you will likely have people lining up waving wads of cash. So if you don’t take to your tiny house that you accidentally won from McDonalds, at least you’ll have a good story to tell.

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