How to Rent Your Home for Filming

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Renting your home for filming can be a great way to earn extra money. There are times when production companies prefer to use an off-studio location for filming. This can include individual homes, apartment buildings and office space. These properties are rented out by their owners to film companies for a small fee. You may not get rich from renting out your home, but you may be able to make enough extra money to pay off your debts or take a nice vacation.

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Things you need

  • Internet connection
  • Telephone or cell phone

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Instructions

    Renting Your Property for Filiming

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    Look for production companies in your area. Most production companies make their contact information available online. Once you have complied a list of companies that you want to work with, call or e-mail them. Introduce yourself, let them know that you are interested in having your home used for filming. Then give a brief description of the property. If you contact them via e-mail, you can send pictures of the property as well.

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    List your property with an location agency. A location agency is similar to a talent agency, but instead of representing actors it represents property. Just like an entertainment agent, a location agency represents the interests of you and your property to potential clients. A location agent helps you locate people who may want to use your property and also helps you negotiate contracts and rates.

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    Contact your local film commission. You can find their information in the services section of your local phone book or online. Your film commission will be able to provide you with a listing of local location managers and scouts, as well as provide information on how to market your property.

Tips and warnings

  • Be sure to get everything in writing. Be sure that details such as the length of the shoot, what is to be done in the event of property damage and how your personal property is to be stored are addressed in the contract. Always make sure that the production company you allow into your home is licensed and insured. This way, you will be covered for any damages that may occur during shooting.
  • While renting your home for filming can be a good way to make extra cash, it can also mean a temporary loss of privacy for yourself and your neighbours. You may be asked to vacate during filming. And the trucks and other equipment needed to film can become an inconvenience to your community.

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