Dear Dawn

I have recently heard of homeowners using their property as a location for photo shoots or filming and was thinking it might be a good way to make some extra cash. I am often told by visitors I have a spectacular home it could be a good fit. Can you advise?

Swish Pad Owner

Dear Swish Pad Owner

Location homes are very popular these days, as film directors and magazine editors prefer not to use studios for their projects.

This might include the taking of stills or film shoots for designers, high street brands, interior and fashion magazines, celebrities, online retailers, shopping channels, commercials and TV dramas.

Locations are also hired out for events such as PR launches.

Many owners have done very well financially over the years, in some cases buying a second property abroad from the revenue or being able to pay off their mortgages early.

Some people treat it as pocket money for extra treats or luxuries they otherwise wouldn’t afford.

But what makes a good location? Large properties with space and natural light, features such as wooden floors, large windows, fireplaces and open plan living spaces are all big wins.

Access to the property is also important as well as parking. A Potential location owner should be prepared to open their home to a set of strangers (crews usually consist of a photographer, assistant, models, stylist, hair/makeup artist and art director and clients).

Location owners can expect to get between £400 and £1,000 per day with rates for filming for longer days going up to £2,000 plus.

More details and ideas for using your home as a location can be found at .

Dawn Sandoval is the owner of Dawn Sandoval Residential in Canary Wharf .