There’s a New Service That Lets You Rent a Stranger’s Swimming Pool By the Hour
Taking a peaceful swim in a pool or attending a pool party with friends is arguably some of the most fun things to do in the summer—especially if you’re like we are and hate the feeling of sand on a beach!
But, problem: If you don’t have the luxury of owning your own private backyard pool, then you likely have to make do with going to a public swimming hole—likely crowded with loud kids splashing around the water—or mooch off a friend’s pool (if they even let you).
While both of these options still get you into a pool, they don’t quite do much for your relaxing dip in the sun or enjoying a day with friends, alone. According to P.K. Data, the average cost of a 19′ diameter above ground swimming pool is $6,243; while a 32’x16′ inground swimming pool will run you an average of up to $29,600 (so we all know THAT’S not happening). What’s a pool lover without a pool to do?
Luckily, the swim gods have answered our prayers. For anyone who has ever wanted to feel like they own their own pool—whether for a relaxing dip or a chill time with buddies, there’s now a service that allows you to rent someone else’s pool. It’s called Swimply, and we’re wondering where it’s been our whole life.
Think of Swimply as the pool counterpart to Airbnb, where you rent a stranger’s house—except you’re renting a stranger’s pool only. You can rent it hourly (with a minimum of one hour), with rates varying depending on location and size of the pool anywhere from $25 to around $150 per hour.
It truly offers people without their own pool an affordable way to finally feel like they do—whether you’re looking for a pool paradise, lakefront private oasis, or a resort-like properly in the mountains—Swimply has you covered on all fronts.
Swimply also works on the other end of the spectrum: If you have a pool and want to earn a little extra cash, you can become a “Swimply Host” where you can rent your pool out on whatever days or times you want (e.g., you won’t be sacrificing any of your own pool time). Some hosts have earned over $1,000 per week in extra cash just from becoming a host!
It’s easy: Just create your listing, set your prices and calendar, and wait for the reservations to pile on. Then collect your earnings!
“Whether you’re stuck at home with the kids, tired from a long day of work (or homework), or just bored, we want you to be able to teleport somewhere awesome with a few clicks of a button,” Swimply states on their website. “We want mini-escapes to be as ordinary as visiting a cafe or a good nap. Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, it should only take a moment from the time you want to be somewhere happier until the time you actually are.”
What do you think of this concept? Do you know anyone who has used it before? Would you ever take advantage of renting your own pool, or renting yours out for some extra cash?