One Pennsylvania woman has figured out how to bring in extra income by renting out her backyard and pool to strangers by the hour.
The idea might sound strange or risky, but renting out your home, yard, or car is becoming commonplace nowadays.
Websites like Airbnb for renting apartments, homes, or rooms to strangers started to become mainstream years ago. More recently, services like Turo that let you rent out your car came around and have experienced relative success.
So, it's no surprise that someone created a website that lets you rent out your backyard or pool by the hour. That's exactly what Swimply does. It's a website that lets you list part of your property, like a backyard pool, so others can rent it for a special event or to relax for an afternoon to beat the heat.
Tanya B. is currently renting out her pool in Williamsport for $100 per hour and currently, she has no competition from other homeowners in the area.
According to the listing, a portable restroom is available near the pool, and guests can book time at her pool any day of the week.
The website allows the owner to set certain rules for guests. For example, Tanya B. doesn't allow infants or pets. Additionally, groups are limited to ten guests.
While there certainly can be downsides to renting out your pool, such as increased liability, damaged property, or dealing with difficult guests, this is an interesting way to earn extra money using property and assets you already have.
It should be noted that swimming pools are not the only thing that can be rented out on Swimply. Many homeowners across the country are renting out buildings, barns, yards, and gardens.
Many people are looking for places to host weddings, family reunions, picnics, and other gatherings this time of year, so there are significant opportunities to earn extra income for the right person.
What do you think about this?
Is it an innovative idea or do you think it's just too risky?
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