House boats are an alternative housing option for UK home owners.
Life on the canal system is very different now and many people are opting for life on the canal, living on a houseboat rather than the traditional brick home. The canal network is now mainly used for recreation and holidays, where as originally it was used to transport raw materials and fuel.
So what’s it like living on a house boat?
Living on a house boat is very different to living in a house, you need to plan ahead and be organised. If you are moored out of town and need to take a bus ride or car trip into the town to get your shopping you need to remember all the things you require or you will be back and forth which is a waste of time and not economical.
Also you need to think about how you use your water and electricity as you are not connected to the national grid.
You will find living aboard does make you more environmentally friendly.
Living on a house boat is a life style choice and it’s fair to say it’s not for everyone, so our advice is try before you buy. Hire a house boat for a weekend or a week to see how you like it.
If you are new to boating you may be wandering what the costs are going to be. This will depend on a few factors like where you are going to moor and the size of the house boat you buy. We wrote a blog a few months ago that explained the basic costs that you need to consider when buying a house boat.
Facts about living on a house boat
• The freedom to travel and not be tied to one place
• Can be a cheaper alternative to living in a brick home
• Can be a stepping stone if you are saving to buy your own house but don’t want to rent
• Makes you environmentally friendly
• Minimalism becomes a key way of living
• Is a life style choice (and not for everyone)
At Venetian marina we have a large selection of house boats for sale stocking trads, semi trads and cruisers. With house boats starting from around £9,000 up to £90,000 there is a boat here that will suit everyone’s budget.
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