A couple from the Portland, Oregon area raised $111,000 in less than a year after hosting some 2,700 guests who booked a stay at their home through a site known as “the Airbnb for backyard pools.” ‘.
Jim and Lisa Battan of West Linn, Oregon have managed to generate a six-figure income using the online platform Swimply, which offers homeowners the chance to rent out their pools at an hourly rate.
The Battans offer their 15,000-gallon pool for rent at a cost of $75 per hour for a minimum of five guests. They also charge an additional $10 per hour for each guest over five.
Jim and Lisa Battan of West Linn, Oregon have managed to generate a six-figure income using the online platform Swimply, which offers homeowners the chance to rent out their pools at an hourly rate
The image above shows the Battans pool as seen at night with the LED lighting activated
The pool also has a mini waterfall in addition to other on-site amenities, according to the owners
The pool and spa in the pool can be heated. It is located in West Linn, Oregon on a two acre property surrounded by trees
The pool can accommodate up to 23 guests.
The Battans’ pool measures 26 by 18ft. The shallowest part is 3.5 ft deep while the deepest part of the pool is 6 ft.
“If there’s a particular day you’re looking for and we seem to be fully booked, get in touch and we’ll see if we can get creative,” writes Jim Battan in his Swimply listing.
In less than a year, Jim and Lisa Battan (pictured) have made $111,000 after hosting some 2,700 guests
“We designed and custom built our pool in the backyard on our two acre property, surrounded by trees, overlooking the barn.
‘Don’t worry in cold weather: we keep the pool at 90 degrees; you can adjust the spa to 104.”
Jim writes that his property includes “many amenities,” including a heated pool house and a dressing room with toilet and sink.
There is also a separate pop-up changing tent. According to Battan, the in-ground pool has enough room for 16 people, while the eight-person pool measures 7 by 9 ft.
Guests can also enjoy spa jets and bubblers that can be activated by a 10-button controller.
Battan writes that he uses ultraviolet light to purify the space, while purifying the water using IntelliChem automated liquid and chlorine tablets.
Cleanliness has become an even greater priority during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has benefited Swimply users like the Battans as public pools have been forced to close.
This summer was also a sweltering hot one in Portland and the rest of the Pacific Northwest, where a “heat dome” pushed record highs to the triple digits — a rarity in a region that had mild weather year-round.
Jim told The Wall Street Journal that the pool, which cost $110,000 to build, hadn’t been used in the past two years since his youngest daughter left home.
Last September he heard about Swimply. He then decided to put his swimming pool for rent on the platform.
Within the first two hours, he had three bookings.
The platform currently numbers approximately 13,000 pool owners in 125 cities nationwide.
Since the beginning of 2020, Swimply has registered approximately 122,000 bookings.
The Battans’ pool measures 26 by 18ft. The shallowest part is 3.5 ft deep, while the deepest part of the pool is 6 ft. is
The Battans lay out a variety of pool toys just before new guests arrive at their home (as seen above)
Guests also use a pool house with a bathroom inside. The pool house can be seen in the photo above
The Battans pool is a little more expensive than most listings on the site as most owners charge between $35 and $50 per hour. For every booking, Swimply receives a 15 percent discount from the hosts and another 10 percent discount from the guests
Bunim Laskin, co-founder and CEO of the company, said the ability to use a swimming pool during the pandemic was therapeutic for people eager to get out of the house.
‘We have seen many families’ [and friends] relight with Swimply,” Laskin said.
Asher Weinberger, the chief operating officer who co-founded Swimply with Laskin, said hosts earn between $5,000 and $10,000 on average.
The Battans pool is a little more expensive than most listings on the site as most owners charge between $35 and $50 per hour.
For every booking, Swimply receives a 15 percent discount from the hosts and an additional 10 percent discount from the guests.
The additional revenue will help pool owners cover the costs of maintaining their pools, which have only increased during the pandemic due to disruptions in the chlorine supply chain.
Jim Battan says it may seem easy, but renting out the pool to guests is hard work.
He told the Journal that most days he wakes up at 5 a.m. to pick up leaves from the water.
His wife, Lisa, cleans the pool bathroom and lays out rows of pool toys before each guest arrives.
One of Swimply’s main competitors is Peerspace, an online marketplace that offers locations for rent for those looking for locations to film a movie or take photos.
The image above shows firefighters battling the Bootleg Fire at Klamath Falls, Oregon, on Monday. The Pacific Northwest has seen hotter than usual this summer
Peerspace also offers customers locations with a swimming pool.
However, Swimply hosts need to manage risk in addition to reward.
Guests could drown or cause property damage, potentially resulting in legal action.
Loud alcohol-based parties can cause guests to vomit in the pool and property, while neighbors receive noise complaints.
Weinberger said hosts reduce the risk by staying at home while guests use their pool.
Swimply also offers its hosts liability insurance that covers a whopping $1 million. The service also offers a property damage protection policy.
“There are too many risks with unattended guests,” Jim Battan told the Journal.
He said that’s why he prefers to stay at home while renting out his pool.