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Nov 21

Make money renting out your home as a film set

It may not be the first thought that comes to mind, but you can make money by renting your home as a film set.

Location scouts are looking for all kinds of properties and pay up to £2,500 a day to use your home.

Here’s a quick guide to renting out your home as a film set:

 

 

What does renting your home as a film set involve?

Film camera in someones home

Sometimes film and TV productions want to use a real location instead of building a set. This might be because it is cheaper or they may simply be looking for a location that is more authentic. No matter where you live, whether it be a stately home or a grotty little bedsit (no offence if you live in one), there is always the potential for demand.

If your house is selected then you will have a film crew around your house for an agreed amount of time. It may just be for a day or it may be longer.

 

Renting your home for a photo shoot

Female photographer photographing little boy

There’s also the opportunity to have your house used in a photo shoot, which is less invasive and can earn you a few hundred pounds.

These types of photo shoots could take the form of anything from a fashion feature where your home/part of your home merely serves as a backdrop or even an interior design focus where your space is the main event.

While photo shoots do come standard with a lot of people and equipment, they typically only last a few hours and leave less of a trace than their moving picture counterparts.

Not surprisingly, you get less money for photo shoots than for filming, but it’s still decent cash just for allowing others into your space.

 

Is it for me?

Film crew on set in home

Having your house appear in a film or TV show might sound like the perfect glamorous money maker. You can get paid a good amount and if you hang around during filming you could meet some interesting people – maybe even snare Hugh Grant as a husband! (Ok, maybe not…)

However, if your home is going to be used as a film set you’re going to need a laid-back attitude.

  • Having a film crew of 30 to 40 people lugging around their equipment can be very intrusive and could even lead to breakages!
  • Film crews should replace anything they damage, but if something is of sentimental value, rather remove it. Plus, you might discover something’s broken weeks after the film crew has left.
  • If the crew has to be at your home for any length of time, you may have to move out for a while. This is obviously a real nuisance and completely impractical if you have a family.
  • Also, consider whether you have enough parking nearby to cater for all the crew and whether your neighbours will be happy with the arrangement. Night shoots, for example, could be noisy at night, which might not impress the rest of the street.

Oh, and don’t forget that you will need to pay tax on any income you get from renting your home out this way. It’s like any other normal earner.

 

insurance

Quite rightly you are probably wondering if this will affect your insurance. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • For a start, you should iInsist that the film company leaves your property as they found it. In fact this is a standard stipulation in location contracts anyway but do just check before you sign. Some film-directors will paint entire rooms in your home a different colour and then back again in a day so be prepared for major changes, albeit temporary!
  • Check that your insurers will cover you for any incidental damage to your property. The film company will have public liability insurance as standard so they will be able to pay for breakages but it’s good for your insurers to know what’s going on before you have to claim.

 

How to get started

Stylish living room

To get started it’s best to sign up to an agency such as

You can register your property with these sites and they’ll help provide you work. To apply, you will need to provide photos to give a feel of your house.

You could also contact the BBC locations department or your local film commission directly to ask if they’d be interested in your home.

 

If you live in Scotland

You can get in contact with Location Scotland, a company that, among other things, scouts Scottish locations.

Also try:

 

what locations managers are looking for

Luxury Penthouse

  • Most filming is done in and around London, so the closer you are to the city, the more likely your property will be used.
  • The more extraordinary or individual your home is the better chance you stand of getting picked if you are further from the city.
  • Not all television programmes and films are made in London though, so don’t give up just because you’re not in London, for example BBC’s Doctor Who is filmed largely in Wales.
  • All kinds of homes are sought for filming. Homes that have original period interiors might be very useful for a nostalgic series or a period film. You remember the grotty bedsit we were talking about earlier? (Sorry again!) Well that could be great for a gritty police drama.
  • The key to your property’s success is that it must be a good example of the kind of property it is representing

 

how much can you make by renting your home as a film set?

Woman holding cash

top end

  • If you live in a fabulous stately home you could make a lot of money per day – up to £2,500 upwards for a film crew.
  • For an average home, the fee is usually around £1,000 a day, although it would be less for a small place and more for a large home.
  • The type of filming that is taking place will obviously govern the price. Filming for a Hollywood blockbuster is going to pay out more than a low budget film.

 

lower end

  • In London, for example, documentary makers would pay around ££500-750 per day.
  • For photo shoots you could expect between £300-750 depending on your location and the size or quality of your home.

 

downsides

Don’t forget the potential costs.

  • Although any damages should be covered, it is possible that you won’t discover something is broken until some time after the filming.
  • Even more costly, if the filming lasts more than a day then you might have to factor in the cost of alternative accommodation.

 

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Sallypurcell
Sallypurcell

I own a tiny house which looks like it should be made of gingerbread…. any call for a house like that?

Jasmine

Maybe from the outside. For interior shots they usually need extra room for the cameras. But why hot get in touch with the agencies anyway and see what they say?

Julie kelly
Julie kelly

Hi my house an empty 3 bed roomed Victorian end of terrace property with nothing in it I’d no kitchen units or furniture front and large back garden located in Wales. It has been used for a location property for a ps4 game advert on line . I am thinking of registering it as a location property but has it got to be done up to a certain standard. I don’t want living tenants again . Is there a demand for empty properties?
Kink regards
Julie

Jasmine

That’s an interesting question Julie. I think empty homes are the best for shoots but not necessarily empty of furniture. I suggest you ring Sarah Easton agency or one of the others mentioned in the article and see what they say. Mainly location agencies need properties with a lot of light, easy access from one of the main cities where filming tends to be done, easy parking and a lot of space to film in. If yours ticks those boxes then it sounds like it could be a winner. Of course, in the meantime, you could rent it on Airbnb… Read more »

Sue
Sue

Must you be a home owner, my last address was used for an episode of Holly Oaks, & it was owned by the council. My new address is owned by a housing corporation.

Jasmine

Thats a good point. Well if you managed it then it shows you don’t have to be a homeowner. Thanks so much for the tip!

cherrytrees
cherrytrees

We have a property in France. Do any of these UK companies need properties abroad?

MyYour
MyYour

MyYour.co allows anyone to register any property online and advertises it to film producers worldwide.
We’d love to see your French location on the site soon.

jack
jack

Do all of these contacts produce programmes for the bbc?

Josh Jones
Josh Jones

Our website My House Your Location is a free and very easy platform for all UK property owners to showcase their space to the UK film and photographic industry.

Its free, its easy, we don’t charge any commission and its a great source of income.

Simply visit our site to set up your account – myhouseyourlocation.com
We also have an 8 page handbook available to anyone who is unsure about how it all works. Look forward to seeing you online soon.

Josh and the MyYour Inc team!

Jemima
Jemima

Oh Linsi your house sounds so divine!

Shefficana Films
Shefficana Films

We are looking for a fully furnished living room and kitchen area for a short film set in Sheffield.

If you are interested please contact Bryony Preen at [email protected]

Thanks.

Linsi Halsey
Linsi Halsey

Hi, we finished converting our period, detached stables/hayloft recently and a number of people have suggested it would be great as a location shoot? We have mostly large, bright rooms, (although not that many of them), and stunning views across the River Arun towards Arundel Castle in one direction & the Cathedral in the other. Our kitchen/diner is particularly spacious, again with river views, and has an Aga, “Nigella”walk-in pantry and an open fire. My feeling is that it would be a great set for a cookery program, amongst other things. I have some professional photos which I could send… Read more »

Josh Jones
Josh Jones

Hi Linsi
Your location sounds great! We would really like to have you register with us – myhouseyourlocation.com
Hopefully see your space online soon.
Josh and the MyYour Inc team

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