Transforming a bus into a home—or a “skoolie”, as they’re often called—is perfect for individuals and partners who want the opportunity to travel freely and live simply, without having to sacrifice having a place to call their own.
If you’re about to embark on your own journey to life on the bus, there are a lot of different approaches you can take. When it comes to budgeting your conversion though, there are a few costs most skoolie experts agree that you’ll need to factor in!
When you intend to live on your bus, there are a couple of crucial elements you must include when planning and budgeting for the conversion process. Here are a few of the major expenses you can expect to take on:
There is no bus conversion without a bus! Your bus will be the foundation of your home and lifestyle, so you’ll need to choose wisely and invest in a quality vehicle. Start by deciding whether you want something new or used (there are advantages to both) and then determine what style bus will best fit your needs.
This is not an area you want to skimp on. Unless you plan on pulling over and hopping into the woods every time nature calls, you’ll need a quality plumbing system for your bus that can handle the demands of the road. Don’t forget to factor in a hot water tank, water pump, toilet, and shower when you plan your budget too!
Just like any home, it’s important that your skoolie is powered properly. Have someone who knows what they’re doing set up your electrical system, so you don’t have to worry about staying up and running during your travels. You might also want to consider solar power for your bus, as it often proves to be a cheaper (and eco-friendlier) option in the long run!
Most bus converters take a DIY approach to their project, as it is the most cost-efficient way to ensure you get exactly what you want out of your mobile home. Therefore, supplies such as flooring materials, lumber, insulation, lighting, fixtures, and the tools you need to complete these tasks are going to assume a large chunk of your expenses.
Appliances & Furniture
Remember—you’re not just creating a bus; you’re creating a home. Factor in the furniture and appliances you’ll need for your bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, and any common areas you plan on having, such as a dining or living area.
Some of your bus conversion costs are going to depend on your personal preferences, and how you plan on living on your bus. If you’re trying to keep your budget tight, these are the areas in which you should consider making sacrifices first.
Decoration & Organization
When you’re going to be spending a majority of your time on a bus, you want to try to make it feel like a home. This means buying paint, wallpaper, linens, and other décor to help you personalize and create a warm and comfortable environment. You’ll also want to ensure that it’s livable, which means plenty of storage solutions (cabinetry, drawers, wall organizers, etc.) to keep it uncluttered.
Think about how you’ll be using your bus, and what you’ll need to accommodate your preferred lifestyle.
Will you be working remotely and need an office area to help you focus? Or, do you make your living as an artist, meaning you’ll need to factor in space to work and store your supplies? Plan on getting a dog to accompany you on your adventures? You’re going to need to buy stuff for them too.
These are all things to keep in mind as you sit down to make your budget!
Start off your bus conversion right by choosing the best vehicle to call home!
At Las Vegas Bus Sales, we have a wide variety of both new and used buses ready and waiting to be converted into something incredible. Plus, with our convenient financing options, you’ll have the time and resources you need to bring your vision to life.
Give us a call to learn more about the models you’re interested in, or to schedule a visit to our bus yard and see them for yourself!