We all know pools can cost you a tonne of money to run. Not to mention your initial investment which is usually in the thousands of dollars. So is there a way to recoup the running cost of a swimming pool? Can you rent out your swimming pool and earn an extra income? Could your swimming pool really be earning money?
The answer is yes you can earn money from your swimming pool. But how you might ask?
Well, one way is by renting your swimming pool by the hour through Swimply. This service has been likened to the AirBnB of swimming pools.
Of course, you can also consider AirBnB by renting out a spare room or granny flat and including the use of your swimming pool. And by including the pool you can charge more rent and start recouping the cost of your pool.
In both cases, you have the flexibility to decide who stays with you by approving guests.
Here are some ideas to make your pool really appealing to your guests and get your pool working for you to make you some extra cash.
Sparkly Clean Pool
No guest wants to dive into a cloudy pool and find a band-aid floating around the bottom of the pool – yuck! So always keep it sparkly clean – you can read more on our cleaning tips here.
Before guests arrive be sure to remove all debris and maintain pool water chemicals, to ensure it’s clean and safe for guests.
If you rent out your entire house and pool and therefore will not be on-site to do the pool maintenance, then you could provide some simple instructions for your guests. For example, to maintain the pool for their own enjoyment. Make it easy for guests – they don’t want to scrub your pool walls or add pool chemicals if they don’t have to. And unless their stay is an extended one, they shouldn’t have to.
Tidy up all the pool toys
If your group of guests doesn’t include children (and even if they do), tidy up all the pool toys and store them in a dedicated pool storage box. We really like these ones here. And if children are among your guests, then point them to the neatly stored box filled with swimming pool toys and floats, they’re sure to love them!
Provide Exclusive Use Of Your Pool
Your kids kicking up a splash storm in the pool is not likely to be appealing to a guest. If you offer your swimming pool exclusively for guest use during their stay, they’re more likely to bring out their togs, swim some laps and really enjoy their pool experience.
Give Guests A Sun Lounger
Provide your guests with a sun lounger to enjoy reading a book or magazine by the pool. Make it comfortable and of course, make sure it’s clean, no guest wants to relax on a food-stained cushioned sun lounge! Find comfortable sun loungers here.
Include a small side table next to the sun lounger for guests to put their drink, mobile phone or other items they might like having by their side.
If you don’t have a permanent shade structure for your guests to protect them from the sun, set up a good quality umbrella. Make sure it won’t topple over in a gust of wind by providing a secure base. Pavers are often a good option here.
Great Photos Sell
Invest in good quality photography to make sure your photos are doing your swimming pool listing justice. As well as great descriptions, images sell your pool and accommodation.
You could do the photography yourself with your phone, or by investing in a quality camera such as this one (any excuse to purchase a camera is a good one!), or potentially outsource the job to a professional who can get you magazine quality images.
So do you think you have the kind of pool that would appeal to guests for a couple of hours or on a short stay? As you can see, although pools are a considerable investment, you can start to recoup your running costs and see a return. Rent your pool by the hour or offer your pool as part of a short-stay holiday rental and start earning this swimming season.
AirBnB – you can start your listing today.
Outdoor Storage Box – for your pool toys.
Pool Sun Lounges – help guests feel comfortable.
Outdoor Side Table – placed next to the Sun Lounges for placing a drink or guests belongings.
Cantilever Umbrella – provide shade from sun.
Water Testing Kit – keep up pool water maintenance.
Chlorine – keep up pool water maintenance.
Camera – take great photos of your pool for your listings.
You might be interested in our article 25 Ways to Reduce Your Pool Running Costs.