Swimply makes booking private pools simple for anyone seeking an oasis or simply spending quality time with their friends, offering hourly booking. Furthermore, this site provides hosts with insurance protection against property-damage risks while renters enjoy protection against such costs.
You spent thousands of dollars to install a pool at the side of your house. Now, you can rent it occasionally when not in use.
Apps And Service
An increasingly growing number of apps and service businesses are helping pool owners share their pools with strangers, known as Airbnb for pools. These companies enable individuals to rent backyard amenities like pools, hot tubs, barbecue pits and more directly to locals looking for relaxation or socialization without traveling far from home.
Swimmy is an example of such a start-up. Created by French entrepreneur Raphaelle who wanted to “democratize access to swimming pools”, the service enables users to search and book private pools for hours at prices ranging from $25 to $60 per hour session. Swimmy also conducts background checks on its users as well as require that they verify their identities using photocopies of government ID documents, while it imposes a $1 million liability policy covering both hosts and renters for any potential damage while guests are at the property.
Swimply, an American company offering homeowners an hourly rental option for their swimming pools, has seen tremendous growth during this pandemic according to cofounder Asher Weinberger. The listing volume has increased by more than four thousand percent since 2018. In order to reduce risks of disease transmission and spread, hosts should only host guests in groups no larger than eight at one time, said Weinberger.
The company recommends pool owners list their pools promptly and upload photos that clearly demonstrate the swimming area, changing rooms and amenities available at their facility. They should also set fair and reasonable rental prices.
You should consult with an insurance agent to see if additional coverage is needed beyond what is provided by the listing service you use. Another idea is to consult an attorney to assess if additional legal procedures are needed for your estate protection.
List Your Pool
Swimming is an effective way to beat the heat this summer and escape its oppressive heat, but public and apartment pools can often be overcrowded or have restrictive rules, which is why Swimply, an Airbnb-style app, was developed. Homeowners can list their backyard oasis for rent on this platform that launched last year with over 24,000 listings across 50 states, as well as Canada and Australia.
Scott Bogucki and Sadie Bynum have used Swimply this summer to make some extra cash by renting out the pool at their Eden home after it was suggested by one of their neighbors. Although this experience has involved additional work on their part to prepare and clean their pool before and after guests come over, both couple have found great satisfaction from it!
Bogucki and Bynum have also needed to sanitize pool toys and equipment as well as secure their house to prevent swimmers from accessing other parts of it. Furthermore, they’ve informed renters that alcohol or pets cannot be brought onto the premises and that the pool should only be used for swimming purposes. “Our aim is for each guest to respect and treat the pool yard and house with care as would we,” according to Bogucki.
To use the app, potential renters first create a profile by providing basic information such as their address and whether their pool is fenced-in. Next, they upload high-resolution photographs of both their pool and its surroundings before setting their rental price and selecting which amenities they’re willing to provide, such as whether people can bring food and drink along, towels for bathing and TV/music streaming capabilities.
Renters can search for pools on either a website or mobile app, set their preferences, and reserve one,with prices ranging anywhere from $15 an hour up to several hundred dollars an hour depending on its amenities and size.
Marketing Your Pool
Before beginning the rental process, make sure that your requirements and boundaries are made known to potential renters and outlined. It is essential that you establish whether you can accommodate large groups, the kind of guests you would prefer renting from, as well as pool rules that dictate when guests may stay, what times the pool will be open, and any amenities you plan on offering them.
Contacting your neighbors early and providing them with updates regarding your pool activities can help avoid any misunderstandings and ensure they understand when and how long your guests plan on using the pool. It is also beneficial for building positive relationships, communicating expectations about keeping noise levels down as well as any parameters you expect your guests to adhere to.
You may have to check Homeowner Association guidelines or local ordinances for capacity limits and permissible operating hours.
Once you have communicated your requirements to both yourself and the renter, it is wise to set out all details in writing for both parties involved. This should include an itemized list of expenses, fees, charges and payments as well as an agreed schedule to facilitate an easier experience for all involved. This will make the process simpler for all. Make sure any app services you use are covering these details to your satisfaction.
An ambitious idea is to start your own website with lots of photos, and details of the amenities you provide. You can include links to the app services you are using.
Cons Of Renting Your Pool
The first negative aspect of renting your pool is the increased traffic on your property. This leads to issues with parking, possible noise complaints from neighbors, and additional trash and sanitation upkeep.
As mentioned previously, you may have additional expenses with extra insurance and attorney consulting fees. These expenses should be calculated before you even consider renting your pool.