“Airbnb for Swimming Pools” is growing in popularity during the pandemic

Why rent an entire house when all you want is the pool?

There is nothing better than spending a warm summer day in the pool. Of course, many people can’t afford to install a pool in their own yard (or they don’t want to worry about maintenance).

Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus, many people are canceling vacations and trips planned for the summer. While people may not want to travel, they still want to relax during the warmer months.

Swimply, an app dubbed Airbnb for swimming pools, has seen a surge in new users in recent months, the Washington based company reports. The app, which originally launched in 2018, has reportedly grown 2,000 percent during the pandemic.

The app allows people to rent swimming pools by the hour, and owners can include other amenities like the use of a grill or fire pit.

Backyard swimming pools are becoming increasingly popular during the pandemic, although installing such a pool may not make financial sense for every homeowner.

For in-ground pools, costs can start as low as $ 20,000 (for vinyl). Gunite or concrete in-ground pools can start at around $ 35,000 and go up to $ 100,000 or more. Above-ground pools typically cost between $ 1,500 and $ 15,000, depending on the model and location.

Of course, swimming pools require maintenance and servicing, which can have annual costs that range from $ 500 to $ 4,000 per year. These costs can include cleaning the pool, water maintenance, electricity costs, and any winter equipment required for the off-season.

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