Sell or Rent out Your Boat

FAST TRACK       Choose  the  GROUP you need

    Cruising Houseboats for Sale

 Static Houseboats  for Sale 

    Houseboats for Rent 

Dutch Barges for Sale UK

Sailing Liveaboards for Sale

Join The Group.

When you are confirmed as a member of the group

Post your Houseboat details/price/location and photos

using  the “Sell something ” option.   

 THAT’S IT!



MORE DETAILED SELLING GUIDE

1.When you choose one of the links below, you will be taken to the corresponding Group on Facebook. Join the group!

Sell your cruising houseboat     (For all powered and sailing houseboats)

Sell your Static houseboat (  for Static Houseboats only

Rent out your Houseboat   ( Price is rent per month )

Sailing Liveaboards for Sale   (Only for  liveaboard boats with Sails)

Dutch Barges for Sale UK

2. Near the top group members will see a blank opportunity for you to post, select the first option ” Sell Something”.

if the Sell Something box isn’t there, click the top of the left menu to go to the Home page of the facebook Group.

 

3.In “What are you Selling” put

(year built-if known) (length in feet or metres) (Manufacturer -if known) ( material)(type of boat)

OR if you are renting out, something like

“2 bed houseboat to Let,.Hampton Court. £600 p.m.”

4. Put the asking price in Pounds Sterling

5.Get the location right!

6.”Describe your item” relevant details about what your boat is like now. (people can message you via facebook, only put your  phone number if you don’t mind everyone knowing it) put your website address as the bottom line. This will link to your site page and increase your sites’ SEO rating.

7.add your photos.


8. DONT  click the blue POST button(bottom right) instead click the post to marketplace option alongside it & to the left

CAREFULLY select any other appropriate groups (as well as Marketplace, which should be selected for you) when you are certain all the correct target groups are ticked, THEN click the blue POST button .

(If you post the same boat manually in different groups, facebook doesnt like it!)


To maximise the viral power of advertising on Facebook,

9. Share to your own timeline (make it PUBLIC)

10.Share to each of your friends.

After 30 minutes, check www.houseboatcentre.co.uk Menu to see that it has been added to the appropriate listing page.

You can put ANY details in this group ad Email, Website links Telephone numbers and as many pictures as you like, also people can message you direct through facebook.

 

Now you can put a FREE ad in all the main websites that brokers use,  linking back to your original facebook advert to show your contact info and all  your pictures.

Make sure you appoint a qualified Broker

to do your conveyancing and completion.

There are many qualified professional Brokers on the web to choose from. If you chose us and placed your order online for our Broker services we’ll get right back to you to arrange a chat to make sure you fully understand the process and to decide wether or not you want to confirm  appointment of your broker (if not, any fees paid will be promptly refunded).

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Houseboat Moorings

Moorings

If you are new to living afloat, And have any dependents, I strongly recommend you to buy your new home already on an established residential mooring. This means the mooring has planning permission for residential use and you have official residents status at that address, essential for bank accounts, driving licence, benefits etc.

ENSURE that there is a properly installed sewage disposal system . Static Houseboats should have motor driven pumps and connections to the onshore system. (You do not want your family and guests to be floating on raw sewage – especially if it is a tidal mooring and the sewage soaked mud is exposed twice a day)

Ensure there are adequate fire hydrants installed.  You can ask the local fire service. ( a NON-tidal mooring where water is permanently available is usually OK as the fire appliances can pump this water directly).

Ensure there is plenty of space between houseboats, more if they are higher. Just imagine a fire in one boat on one side with a wind driving the flames towards the rest of the mooring and you will have a good idea of how safe it is in case of fire.

Look to see how many Houseboats on the marina are for sale.

More than five to ten percent is a warning sign. more than twenty percent represents a queue of owners desperate to leave (for whatever reason). Furthermore it suggests it will take a very long time to sell any  static houseboat on that Mooring.

If you are continuously cruising or on a mooring that doesn’t have residential planning permission, there may be many others living on the same mooring and it is worth asking their advice as to the local situation and how things happen in that area. If you have family responsibilities, a mooring with residential planning permission has to be favourite.

(ESSENTIAL for a STATIC houseboat is a long leasehold OR Freehold Mooring.

Many lives have been shattered when their static (= unpowered) houseboat has been told their rented mooring is no longer available.

These moorings are disappearing fast due to development and you have no protection as you would in a house or caravan.

It then cost many of them thousands of pounds to have the boat towed away and broken up for scrap. Study the mooring agreement and imagine the worst case scenario – THAT is the risk you are taking. The true valuation of a Static houseboat WITHOUT a long leasehold OR Freehold Mooring is the scrap value of the weight of metal, less the cost of towing away and breaking up plus what you can get on ebay for any re-saleable contents. ) NEVER buy any houseboat without an “Out of the Water Survey” If that costs too much (get a quote first) Then it will cost too much every 4 years for maintenance and insurance survey.

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