7 Tips and Tricks for Turning a Bus Into a Home
Today, more and more people are looking for alternative ways to construct homes. Some are taking storage containers and turning them into houses. Another thing some people are doing is converting old school buses to turn into a new kind of mobile home. If that idea sounds appealing to you, there are some things you should do before you head out to find a new bus for sale for this kind of conversion.
- Get your budget together. When it comes to the budget you are going to need to take on this kind of project, the costs are greater than finding what you can spend on a new bus for sale. Your budget should also factor in the time you will have to spend doing the conversion. If you have the time and not the money, you may want to go for a used bus for sale and plan to do more on it.
- Write down what you can spend. Go over how much money you have and how much you will be willing to spend to do this project. When you have a set figure in mind for how much you can spend, you will be much less likely to go over that number and blow your budget.
- Get your own tools. When you are dealing with converting a bus to home, there are a lot of details you are going to have to work out and side projects, big and small to finish. Some people find that they can get by borrowing tools but if you are really serious about your project, you will find having your own tools will save you time, energy and money, in the long run. When you are working with used school bus parts, you will constantly be making one repair or another.
- Patience is your friend. Whether you are talking about finding a new bus for sale or have decided to only consider a used school bus for sale, the process of taking a bus and making it into a home is a long and tedious one. Just like when people renovate a regular house, every project seems to take much longer than it needs to take. If you approach the project with patience and with this in mind, it will be a lot less painful.
- Have a place to store your bus as you work on it. There are a few things you need to have for your storage spot for your bus as you are completing its renovation and conversion. You need a large enough space so you can do the work on it but you also need to be able to have access to a power source and water. You will also need to budget your space for an area to collect all of the debris that will accumulate during the build-out process that will need to be taken to a dump.
- Know what skills you have and what you will need. Converting a bus to be a home requires some skill. You do not need to go into the process as a master builder or carpenter but you should at least have some people you can talk to for advice. This can be a great chance to learn new skills and hone up on the ones you have. You
- Find the right bus. Before you can convert a bus, you need to have one. There are a lot of options available to you. You can find a new bus for sale or you can look at used buses for sale. If you are going the used bus route, you need to have the vehicle inspected by a mechanic you trust. Think about this a lot the way you would think about buying any other kind of vehicle. For used buses, you need to know what shape they are in, what kind of wear and tear they have suffered, and the condition of the engine. If you do your due diligence, you will get a decent bus.
Converting a bus to be used as a home is not for everyone. These tips and tricks should help if this is the adventure you want to take.