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Famous Dirt: Tips On Renting Your Home To Film Crews

While the market for Airbnb and other vacation rental markets have slowed, another option for making money with your home is through renting to film crews. As audiences grow smarter, they expect commercials, films, and TV to be filmed in existing homes rather than set lots. Texas has been home to many iconic movies, including 8 Seconds, Selena, Bernie, Blood Simple, Boyhood, and Lonesome Dove. If you’d love your home to be part of this list, this article is for you!

Listing Your Home for Film Crews

Just as there are vacation rental sites, there are film locations websites where you may register your home. The first step is to have various photos of your home, including the exterior, landscaping, and interior shots. Be sure to point out any unique or historical details! Then, gather some of the necessary information about your home and its’ lot, such as square footage, floor plan, nearby noise interference, and hallway widths. Once listed, crews have access to contact you directly to negotiate the rate and contract specifics.

Going Rates for Renting Homes

Rates vary depending on the length of time, the number of rooms requested, and other factors. Rental rates per day mirror the monthly mortgage rate for the majority of or the entire home. Of course, this rate can vary depending on the extent of the rental and if you have any ‘off-limits’ areas. It is always suggested to have a contract, proof of the renter’s insurance, and a security deposit. This protects you as the homeowner. At a minimum, a home can bring in$1,000 per day up to $3,000 per day, while mansions, ranches, estates, and farms can bring in up to $25,000 per day. If you are working with a listing site or a location agency, their fees vary from ten to forty percent.

Considerations on Renting Your Home for Films

Whether a partial day shoots to several weeks, there are some other things to consider in making your home a filming location. First, if you actively live in the home, have a deadbolted room or rooms for your items. If you have family keepsakes, be sure to keep them in your private area since damage can occur even with the simplest of filming sessions. Second, check with local codes and regulations. For urban areas, there may be limitations on filming over a certain number of days or weeks. At the same time, consider the parking and lifestyles of your neighbors. If your home is in the center of a street-parking only neighborhood, you may consider only renting out for partial or a few days at most. Third, consider if taxes will be required depending on the local, state, and federal compliance. Of course, we suggest asking a professional for assistance in this matter.

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