Find a place to swim this summer with “Airbnb for pools”
- The demand for apps that function as an “Airbnb for swimming pools” has increased during the pandemic.
- On apps like Swimply and Peerspace, users can rent outdoor spaces by the hour.
- Here’s how you can rent a pool in your neighborhood.
An app that has been dubbed “Airbnb for Pools” and allows people to rent pools by the hour has exploded during the pandemic.
Swimply was founded in 2018 to allow customers to rent private pools, but has grown by 4,000% in the past year. Its co-founder, Bunim Laskin, told the Wall Street Journal that hourly rentals on the app reached more than 120,000 bookings in the past year as the pandemic closed many public swimming pools.
The app is home to approximately 13,000 pool owners across the country, from Los Angeles to New York. Prices on the app average between $ 35 and $ 50 per hour depending on the user’s location.
A pool owner told The Journal he expects to earn more than $ 110,000 this year by renting out his luxury pool. App co-founder Asher Weinberger told the publication that pool owners earn an average of $ 5,000 to $ 10,000 per month, while the company takes a 15% off guests and charges a fee. 10% to guests.
How to find a swimming pool near you
In order to use Swimply’s services, a customer can register on the swimply.com app or website using their email, Facebook, or email credentials. Users must be over 21 to rent a pool area.
Then, a potential pool prospector can enter their location to find a nearby pool through the map view or list view on the site.
Each location listing works the same as an Airbnb listing and includes photos of the property, listings of amenities like a barbecue or audio system, and the host’s rules.
Weinberger told the Journal that many hosts choose to stay at home during rentals to mitigate potential risks associated with or damage to property, especially for larger events like poolside parties. The startup also offers host liability insurance that covers up to $ 1 million, as well as a property damage protection policy.
Some locations even include additional amenities that can be added with the purchase, including alcohol and snacks.
Many pool owners rent the space to several different groups in one day. The swimming pools can also be rented in advance or even on the same day, depending on availability.
Other companies have also entered the pool rental business, including Peerspace, a marketplace for booking film production venues and event venues. The company offers thousands of spaces with swimming pools at an hourly rate. Peerspace co-founder Matt Bendett told the Journal the company has also seen a spike in interest in outdoor locations with swimming pools. Customers can also rent pitches with a swimming pool for the day via Airbnb and Vrbo.
Swimply’s popularity comes as the costs of pool chemicals like chlorine rise after a fire last year at chlorine maker BioLabs caused a nationwide shortage of the product.
Peerspace, Airbnb and Vrbo did not immediately respond to a request for comment; Swimply referred its comments to those given for the Journal article.