You have decided that you really want to get a houseboat. Since your budget and wallet are a little tight, you decided to look at used houseboats for sale, in your local newspaper.Now, the only problem is picking out the ads that sound half-way decent. But, how do you do that when most of them sound okay?
Trust me, you don’t want to drive around and waste your time to go see houseboats that aren’t half as promising as the ads said they were. Many people spend a lot of time and money doing just so, and get frustrated, when all they want is an okay houseboat. I have some tips that will save you from making the same mistake. No matter what the size or standard of the houseboat, all of these tips work the same way.
When looking at used houseboats for sale ads, it is important to remember that the art of selling is different from the art of buying. A seller’s goal is to sell and many will write about how great their houseboat is, even if the owner knows that it has a ton of problems. Many sellers willing omit important information, like my houseboat has a potential of sinking during the next big storm, so they can get buyers to set-up and appointment.
Please don’t fall for the just LIKE NEW illness that trap many used houseboat buyers. The price of any used houseboat should be fair. A used houseboat is a used houseboat and it isn’t new. It might not have been used that much or for a long period of time, but it has been used. If you are looking for a 5 year old houseboat, you know that it has been used and might need a few updates. So, watch out for boats that are overpriced, especially if they are a few years old.
Make sure you know all of your wants and needs before looking at second hand houseboats for sale. By picking what options you want your houseboat to have, you will save time. There is no point visiting a houseboat that doesn’t have what you are looking for.
You need to decide how far you are willing to travel to purchase a used houseboat. Gas prices are increasing everyday and if you are going to travel far it will cost you money. Moving a houseboat takes time, money, and planning. Make sure it is worth it before you buy.
A last but crucial tip is to have a checklist or plan in mind. When you look at pre-owned houseboats for sale, you want to have at least a basic outline of what you want. If you have trouble trying to make a list or plan for your dream houseboat, there are free checklists online that can help you get started.
To get you started at looking at used houseboats for sale, here are a few good ads to look at online:
Good luck finding your perfect houseboat!