Checklists, Removal Costs, and Getting Ready: A Quick Guide on Moving Into A Houseboat

Thousands of people are living in houseboats all across the UK. This is because living in one poses many advantages, especially for those who plan on cruising the waters continuously. From the freedom it affords you to its financial implications, there are just many reasons as to why one would want to move into a houseboat.

However, despite these advantages, the task of moving into your houseboat does prove to be somehow challenging, just as any house move would be. That is why we’ve decided to come up with a list of tips you may find useful in making your move into a houseboat easy, and of course affordable. Here they are:

Plan Ahead and Make A Moving Checklist

Getting organised crucial to the success of every house move. You wouldn’t want to be stuck with a major disaster in your hands, after all. So, always allot about 4-8 weeks to prepare for your big move.

modern style houseboat
modern style houseboat

A moving checklist will help you make sure that everything about your move is done correctly and on time. Aside from making sure that your move into the houseboat goes as smoothly as possible, it will also help reduce the risk of delays and save you some money.

It would also be best for you to come up with a moving schedule and budget during this time, as this will help you ensure that your move goes as smoothly as possible.

And because you are living on a houseboat, there are a few decisions you will have to make before you move, too. To make these decisions, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do you want a moving or a stationary houseboat?
  • If you want a stationary houseboat, where would you like to dock it?
  • Do you want a slow or a fast boat?
  • Do you plan on continuously cruising the waters or do you plan on living in one location semi-permanently?

Know What To Expect

It would also be ideal for you to know what you should expect when moving into a houseboat. While there are many advantages to living in a houseboat, there are a few disadvantages as well. Not knowing about these disadvantages before you move will only cause you a lot of stress and frustration. Here are some things you may not know about living on a houseboat:

  1. Living on a houseboat will require you the knowledge to pilot a few kinds of watercraft. Aside from the houseboat itself, you would probably need to learn how to use a jet ski or a kayak for when you are moored in the middle of nowhere or far from the dock.
  2. While you won’t have to worry about property taxes, and council taxes if you choose to cruise continuously, you will still have to pay for fuel, maintenance, insurance, dockage or mooring fees, and insurance.
  3. You will have limited living space in your houseboat.
  4. You will have to organise your electric supply, water supply, garbage collection, sewage pumping, and postal delivery. Looking for alternative energy sources for your houseboat? Read about solar-powered houseboats here.
  5. Living on water can be a bit rocky, especially when the weather is terrible. This will pose some problems for you if you have motion sickness.

Be reminded that there are more things that you should expect when moving to a houseboat. So, make sure to do your own research on what living in a houseboat would be like.

building a houseboat
building a houseboat


As already mentioned, living in a houseboat means you will not have as much space as you are probably used to. Hence, it would be extremely crucial for you to declutter. Get rid of items that you no longer want or need. Also, get rid of things you have not used in more than half a year. If you haven’t used it for that long, chances are you will never use them again.

To get rid of your clutter, you may choose to donate, sell, or throw them away. Alternatively, you may also keep items that you don’t need for your day-to-day life in a storage unit.

What to learn more about decluttering? Click here!

Hire A Removals Company

A removals company provides local and long-distance relocation services for those who are looking to move into a new house (houseboat) or office. You may hire them to conduct an all-inclusive moving service which includes:

  • Packing material acquisition
  • Packing and unpacking
  • Loading and unloading of boxes and furniture
  • Furniture disassembly and reassembly
  • Temporary removal storage

That means you won’t have to worry about lifting a single finger during the moving process into your houseboat! A removals company will make your move into your houseboat quick, easy, and hassle-free!

Minimising Removal Costs

If you’re worried about having to pay expensive removal costs, do not fret! With a professional removal company’s skills and experience, you’ll definitely be getting services that are worth your money! However, if you feel as though you need to do some extra work to save on removal fees and get the best deals possible, you may:

  • Have multiple removals companies in the running. Compare each one before choosing a company to help you out.
  • Pack whatever you can and leave only the more complicated items for your movers to pack.
  • Ask your friends and family to help you out.
  • Source for free moving boxes.
  • Schedule your move strategically.
  • Ask for a discount!

Get All The Necessary Paperwork and Permits Secured

You will want to get any necessary permits and paperwork filed and secure before you move into your houseboat. Failing to get this done in time could cost you more in last-minute fees and penalties.

houseboats on the regent canal
houseboats on the regent canal

Here’s a guide on boating from the UK Canal and River Trust. For more information on registering a boat, click here.

Childproof or Petproof If Necessary

If you are planning on moving into a houseboat with a child or a pet, you should know that it is not advisable for you to live in a boat with either. However, if you still plan on doing so, do remember to take the necessary measure to keep them safe in your houseboat.

Remember to baby proof and pet-proof your houseboat before moving day to make it less chaotic than it already is!

Meet Your New Community and Be Mindful Of Its Rules

If you are planning on joining a houseboat or liveaboard neighbourhood, keep in mind that such communities have rules that you will need to comply with. Make sure to learn these rules before you move in. Getting to know them will also be extremely beneficial. After all, you may find yourself coming across issues that only fellow houseboaters can help you out with in the future. So, don’t be afraid to reach out and get to know them!

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