How Much Does It Cost To Build A Floating Home?

Answer for "How much does it cost to build a floating home?"

Sandra Lindstrom real estate agent
  Carl Guild and Associates

With the real estate market appreciating crazy fast in some of the US’s biggest cities, many find it difficult even to afford an entry-level apartment. Big cities such as New York, San Francisco, or Seattle were always renowned for the high home value. However, the possibility of buying a floating home seems more appealing for many people nowadays especially since the home price for floating homes is generally way below what an average house would cost. But have you ever thought about building a floating home from scratch? How much does it cost to build a floating home? Let’s find out!

With the right mindset and experience, floating homes can prove to be a good investment for many real estate investors. However, if you are thinking about living in one, it might be challenging to buy one without cash despite the generally low prices. Very few lenders are willing to provide a mortgage for a home on the water. But if you can afford to buy a home with cash why not consider building one yourself?

After all, some of the best floating houses around the world represent the ambitious project of people who wanted something special for themselves. You should know that water space is cheaper than space on land, especially in a real estate market where the median home price is high. As far as costs go, an architecture firm estimates that the cost of building a 1,200-square-foot floating house in some of the most popular cities in the US would start at around $120,000.

Unlike houseboats, floating homes are stationary and don’t need a motor or other method of self-propulsion. The building process requires you to find your deck flotation, build the deck’s frame, and secure it. After that, you can prepare and install the top surface deck and install eye bolts for the anchor ropes.

Floating homes can be quite the experience for many who decide to go this route. Water or nature lovers will adore the views, and being part of a floating home community is a delightful experience. The downsides might come not in terms of building costs but from monthly bills and maintenance costs as electricity, sewage, water, and other utilities can be expenses that accumulate differently from a land home.

However, if you are excited about the idea, don’t hesitate to contact local real estate agents that can provide you with detailed insight into local floating home communities.


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