A floating home is the perfect midway between life on a boat and life on dry land. It’s a more reasonable approach to ‘life on the water’, and many people have begun choosing summer homes like floating houses over buying a boat or renting a tropical bungalow. In case you’re tempted by a floating house, whether it’s in the ocean or a river, here are a few things to consider before packing up for the summer.
- Experience it first-hand. Before you fully commit to a life on a houseboat, full-time or just part of the year, you should know exactly what you’re getting into. Try renting one for a month, or stay at a houseboat themed hotel. Sometimes houseboats can be cramped or damp, and while it may just take some adjusting, not everyone is made for a life on the water.
- Think about where will you put your houseboat. Finding a location is arguably the most important part of owning a houseboat. What places have room? What are the fees? There’s no use building a houseboat until there’s a location for one, so weigh your options before committing!
- Build or buy? Weigh your options. How will you get your houseboat? There are a lot of options when it comes to building one, but size, space, and layout is important. It can also be expensive to have a floating home custom-built, so if you are willing to forfeit bit of freedom, you can buy one that is already built or even staked out in a pre-existing spot. A real estate agent in Naples, FL, could point you at a friendly port.
- Consider the safety of children and pets. Do you have children or pets? If so, consider how they might fare living near water. Teach your children to swim, and give cats and dogs a second thought if they’re not water-breeds.
- Figure out transportation. If you have a car, where will it go? If not, are there subway stations nearby? Bus schedules? Will you buy a bike or vespa? There are quite a few choices, but depending on the distance required for shopping, entertainment, and your job, your available options can dwindle.
- Make adjustments to your belongings. Do you have waterproofed containers for documents, prized possessions, and emergencies? Invest in waterproof options for your clothes, food, and any other items that can be damaged by water or humidity.
- Downsize if necessary. If you plan on living on a houseboat full-time, think about how much space you will have. If you have a lot of belongings, this kind of life may not suit you, or you may need to rent a storage unit.
You have a variety of options when it comes to houseboats, no matter where you plan on putting one. And houseboats aren’t just quaint, rustic living options, either. Many futuristic, high tech floating homes in Dubai are making a splash, literally.
The houseboat project is gaining quite a bit of traction, and these floating homes have a front seat view to the wonders of the ocean. Built as boats without the propulsion feature, these floating homes literally float, giving shelter to seahorses and other aquatic life. Talk about luxury for everyone involved!
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