A houseboat is quite literally a home that floats. Most people assume that a houseboat makes a great vacation property, and that it’s a fun and exciting way to temporarily experience a different way of life. However, there are many people around the country who permanently reside on houseboats.
Think this lifestyle is for you? Here are the things that you need to know before you move onto a houseboat full-time.
What are you waiting for?
The Benefits of Living on a Houseboat
- You will get to wake up to a waterfront view every day. Your houseboat will be docked at a marina, giving you unparalleled access to the lake or bay on which you reside. Imagine being able to change where you live whenever you feel like it? In a houseboat, you can relocate every day if you want to, with zero hassle.
- And when you’re ready to settle down, you can always take up a permanent mooring.
- You will get to enjoy the benefits of living on the water. While most people enjoy boating, tubing and fishing during their vacations, these can be your usual afternoon or evening activities.
- There is no yard maintenance when you live on a houseboat. You won’t have to shovel the snow or mow the lawn ever again!
- There may be some financial advantages to permanently residing on a houseboat. Depending on the state and municipality in which you reside, you may not have to pay property taxes on your houseboat.
- When you become a houseboat owner you’re automatically enrolled into an unofficial secret club that landlubbers don’t even know about. Wherever you go, it’s like having your own little village on the water.
- On the rare occasions when you do moor up next to someone you don’t get on with, you don’t have to put up with them for long, as you can just move on.
- A houseboat demands that you make use of every last inch of space, giving you the perfect excuse to come up with your own stylish, space-saving designs. It shouldn’t cost the earth, either, since you don’t have that much space to fill.
- Let’s face it, the reason most people turn to life on the water is the sheer romance of it all. The idea of casting off the shackles of convention and embracing a life less hectic is hard to resist. Plus saying you’re a houseboat dweller is a great conversation starter at parties.