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The risks of moving into a houseboat or float home in B.C.

In our last article on this topic, we wrote about options and costs of moving into a houseboat or float home in B.C. But, it’s important to also know the risks of such a move. There can be some unpredictability when moving into a houseboat or floating home. One could argue this is the case even when moving into a home on land. But it’s best to go into this decision with your eyes wide open – knowing what to expect. This is because the dangers of moving onto a water slip can be different than that of land, and not all newcomers to floating home life will be aware of these. Knowledge can keep you prepared for safety too! Here goes! Water conditions can change where you live over time, if you move to a houseboat or float home On this forum, some have testified that lakes can dry up due to drought. So if that happens, where do you go? Do you flip your life upside down and move to a new community? Of course, this applies if you’re moored on a lake. Marinas on the sea may be different. The harbour needs maintenance to protect your home; who will pay for it? Lack of dredging (removing sand) can cause your boat to tilt. If that’s the case, you won’t have stable floors. And, as this float homeowner describes, getting water into the drain can be a challenge too! Fixing the problem could be costly, if your local government doesn’t take care of it. Float homes and houseboats are not immune to destruction They can sink. It’s...