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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 could pay you up to £2,500 a day to use your home.
As part of our spotlight on making money from your home, we are bringing you loads of great ways to make some cash from your humble abode. From renting out your driveway to making money from your shed, there are plenty of ways to earn a little extra.
Here’s a quick guide to renting out your home as a film set:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Quite rightly you are probably wondering if this will affect your insurance. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
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.
You can get in contact with Location Scotland, a company that, among other things, scouts Scottish locations.
Don’t forget the potential costs.
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Does anybody know who would be a Good Lawyer to draw up the Rental Contracts for a film Shoot? I mean someone with the correct experience and can make a watertight contract?
There’s also the option to list on a platform like Giggster.com – it’s like the Airbnb of filming locations. I have my apartment in London listed on there and have made over £10k in the last 6 months from hosting a few shoots and music videos.
Very interesting. Something I’d never previously considered.
I would like to rent out my home in sully very close to the beach over Looking g fields how do I get started.
Anywhere to get comparables for negotiating fees?. We have been approached by a company making a commercial TV drama for an 8 day shoot and 20 day rental or our family home.
If I were you I would contact some of the other agencies, describe your home and its location and ask them, roughly, what they think you could get for renting it out as a film set. They could give you an idea.