Swimply app helps residents cash out
SAN DIEGO — People are finding a private new way to stay cool in the heat — and some pool owners are making extra money at the same time.
The Swimply app allows pool owners to rent out their space.
“We love seeing people come in, enjoying the surroundings,” said pool owner Rick Ventimiglia, who has been using Swimply for three years.
The app is sometimes referred to as “Airbnb for Pools”. Pool owners and guests use the app to book pools for hours at a time.
“I don’t mind bringing foreigners in,” Ventimiglia said. “I don’t mind meeting all these new people. We have even made new friends with the people who pass by here.
Ventimiglia and his wife, Monique, began hosting their pool in August 2020 for up to 25 people. The couple said they have been non-stop bookings since.
“I immediately got a reservation, the same day I signed up for the app. It kind of sets a precedent like, people want to find a use for a pool,” Ventimiglia said.
Swimply hosts can not only rent their pool, but also offer other amenities, such as pool toys or a fire pit, for an additional fee or for free.
At the Ventimiglias, they offer just about everything inside their half-acre yard, including the pool, grill, bathrooms, plenty of seating, and a barn for guests to enjoy. Ventimiglia chickens and turtles.
The Ventimiglias said they never leave the property when making reservations.
“Everyone seems to really like it. When they come, leave with a smile, the kids want to come back. I’ve had many repeat customers: ‘Oh, my daughter had her birthday here last year’… C So it’s that kind of stuff that keeps us going,” Ventimiglia said.
Customers can rent pools for a variety of reasons, such as hanging out with family and friends, birthday parties, events, and more.
Simply takes 15% of a host’s bookings. The service includes liability up to $1 million, which can cover anything from a minor incident to a possible drowning accident.
The Ventimiglias said the process of juggling working from home and hosting their backyard has been smooth.
“We just decided to go ahead and take advantage of people coming in, we had no problems,” Ventimiglia said. “There’s a little trade-off, you’re not going away and doing so much outside of the house. But thanks to COVID, we’ve mastered the art of staying home and having fun here.
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