Source - Why rent a whole house when you only want the pool?
Swimply, an app that has been described as Airbnb for swimming pools, has seen a surge in new users during recent months, the Washingtonian reports.The app, which originally launched in 2018, has reportedly grown by 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 have seen a surge in popularity during the pandemic, although installing one may not make financial sense for every homeowner.
Genius. Absolutely genius. I don't know who created this app, but I wish whoever did nothing but the best. I can't tell you how many times I've had to be nice to someone I hate just to use their pool. I do it with my buddy Dave almost every day. I pretend to like his dogs, his kids, his house, all so I can take a dip in the backyard on a hot day. No more of that. Now all I have to do is book an hour using Swimply and I won't even have to look him in the eyes.
It's funny to see how certain businesses have thrived during the pandemic. Amazon is crushing, clean services are experiencing record growth as are liquor and wine stores. It makes sense a swimming pool rental service would do well too. Especially considering how expensive pools are...
For in-ground pools, costs can start as low as $20,000 (for vinyl). In-ground pools using gunite or concrete can start around $35,000 and go as high as $100,000 or more. Above-ground pools, meanwhile, typically range from $1,500 to $15,000, depending on the model and where it’s being installed.
Of course, swimming pools require maintenance and upkeep, which can have a yearly cost that ranges from $500 all the way up to $4,000 a year. These costs can include cleaning the pool, maintaining the water, electricity costs and any winterizing gear needed for the off-seasons.
And, once again, something good is happening because of millennials. This time it's making businesses thrive...that's part of the economy right? Is the economy important? Swimply did a deep dive (pool pun intended) into their analytics and found that NINETY PERCENT of that monster increase was from the millennial demographic category. You can't see me, but I just dropped a mic.
(I was looking through my past millennial blogs and remembered this one where I ripped that film critic Peter Bradshaw to shreds. If you can't see it because of Devnest the point is this dude caught my eye with his movie review of The Boy Downstairs* because the headline on Twitter said "talky millennials" in big bold letters. I was going to let it go, but when I searched through I found like 15 anti millennial tweets and said fuck it, time to take him to the graveyard.)
$100,000 sounds like a lot, but if you can afford it I don't know why wouldn't put one in. It's instant fun. You're never bored when you have a pool. It's going to be the first thing I install at my parents house when I inevitably move back home.
I was looking for a way to transition into talking about pooping in pools, but I can't seem to figure it out so here's the Caddy Shack dookie scene. Have a great Monday!
*Sidenote — I actually watched the movie this weekend instead of just savaging the guy who reviewed it and wouldn't you know it, it was a smash. Seriously it made me hate Little Petey even more that his dumbass review wasn't even correct. But if you've run out of shit to watch once month 100 of quarantine hit I strongly advise you to check it out, it probably sounds chickflicky but trust me it does a great job completely subverting the stereotypes to make it absolutely unisex. Plus the main girl is fucking hilarious, no main girls in romcoms are ever actually hilarious. Anyway I've been telling everyone I know all morning and now I am telling you. Thank you, me.