There's a difference between house boats and floating homes
Many people use these two terms interchangeably, but if you live in a house boat or a floating home, you know that they are two very different things! The biggest difference is propulsion or movement.
House boats are in fact - boats. They can be moved from place to place and have their own means of propulsion and navigation. They have seaworthy hulls, engines and fuel.
Floating homes are a house built on a floating apparatus, and are unable to move without help. Typically, floating homes are connected to a dock, in a permanent moorage where they have sewer, power and other utility connections to the land. Floating homes can only move when tugboat is used to push or pull them to a new location.