Interested in hosting a paid commercial shoot at your house?
We would love to discuss adding your home to our Residential Location Library.
Austin is home to a robust production economy and in recent years has become a sought after destination for out of town productions. As the need for locations grows we aim to help connect clients excited to work in the Austin market with top notch locations, residential properties are our specialty.
We are currently working to expand our residential location library to include a wider variety of homes and would love to discuss adding your house to our growing Residential Location Library. If you’re not familiar with the concept, a Location Library is a curated collection of locations available for commercial photo and video shoots. Joining our library is not a hard and fast commitment, just an openness to host a shoot if it works for you. We facilitate booking, contracts, insurance, payment, and day of coordination for all the homes in our library. We vet projects before presenting them to you and know how a production’s footprint will impact your home; with this knowledge we get you the best possible day-rate. Hosting a shoot is fun but can be overwhelming; we make the process straightforward, transparent, and safe for your property.
ALL types of homes wanted. Fancy is NOT a prerequisite.
There is no fee to join our location library.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will I be compensated for the use of my home?
Yes! We understand that in order for this arrangement to work out hosting needs to be financially worth it to you.
How do you determine my home's day rate?
The amount we are able to secure for any location is determined by the budget of a given project. Therefore we will more often than not determine your day rate on a job by job basis. However we can establish a baseline day-rate during contract signing that we will aim to meet. We will never move forward with booking without your approval of compensation, if you have a bottom line you are not willing to go below we will happily respect that.
When can I expect to get paid for a shoot taking place at my home?
You will be paid on the first day of the shoot.
I have a young kids will this be a total pain in the neck?
We work with a lot of homeowners with young kids. For your own sanity you likely want to leave the house for the day but depending on the layout of the house and the areas the production needs access to we have also done shoots where the family remains in the house during the day. We understand kids add another dimension to hosting and are always happy to help problem solve :)
How often can I expect my house to be booked?
The answer to this question is dependent upon what kinds of locations producers are looking for. It’s possible a year could go by before your home is booked or that you could have several inquiries a few months.
How many days is a typical shoot?
The vast majority of our projects are one or two day shoots although some run longer depending on the scope of the shoot.
Who is liable for damages should something happen to my property during a production?
In the unlikely event that your home incur any damage during a shoot the production company is liable. We will not allow a shoot to move forward until we have received a COI (Certificate of Insurance) from the production company naming your home as additionally insured.
Is there a contract?
Heck yes there is! If you’re curious about what our contract looks like we are always happy to share it with folks, we’ve got nothing to hide :)
Is someone from Subdivision at my house during a shoot?
Yes, there is a site rep from Subdivision on location for all shoots we oversee. The main purpose of this person is to ensure your home is being respected at all times and that it looks as good as new when the crew leaves.
How many days/weeks notice will I have before a shoot at my house?
The production world runs the gamut where timelines are concerned. Some folks may plan ahead six weeks in advance while others may need a location on a tighter deadline. In our experience usually there are 1 to 3 weeks between initial submission of locations and the shoot itself.
Can I turn down a shoot at my house?
Yes, we absolutely understand that your home may not always be available for a shoot, you can always say “no”.
How long is a production day?
10-12 hours depending on the production. Typically shoots go from 7-7pm or 8-6pm but this can change depending on the productions specific needs.
What if a shoot goes beyond the period of time agreed to in the contract?
If a shoot goes beyond the amount of time established in the contract overtime will be charged.
Am I allowed to be at home during a production?
In most cases you are permitted to be at home during a shoot however it is imperative that you not interfere with the production. We find that in general homeowners prefer to leave for the day.
Can I restrict certain areas of my home?
Yes, if there is a specific area of your home that you would like to restrict during a shoot we will include this information in your House Rules packet and will ensure your conditions are respected. Please let us know when we come scout the house what areas if any would be off limits.
In what shape can I expect to find my house after a shoot?
The production contract is very clear that your home be left in the same or better shape than it was found in. If for some reason this is not that case we will make sure the situation is remedied.
Will my utilities/facilities be used during the production?
When you host a shoot there is an expectation that your utilities will be utilized within reason. For still photography shoots the need to draw resources is very minimal. In the event that your home were to be booked for a large scale shoot with bigger energy needs we would be sure to add a utilities line item to the contract in order to cover the cost or production would bring in outside generators.
You can also expect that one of your restrooms will be used by crew members. Production is responsible for providing paper supplies as well as removing trash and ensuring cleanup of any facilities used by crewmembers.
How many people can I expect in my home during a shoot?
The size of the crew depends on the size/scope of the production. Crew size is one thing we like to get an idea for in the early stages of scouting and will always be transparent with you about how many people you can expect in your home upfront. A still photography shoot can be anywhere from 10-30 people.
Why should I book a shoot through Subdivision and not through a producer or director who may approach me directly?
Why you should work with us is simple, we know you, we know your house, and we are 100% committed to the stewardship of your property. We oversee booking, contracts, insurance, payment, and day of coordination. We vet projects before presenting them to you and know how a production’s footprint will impact your home; with this knowledge we are able to get you the best day-rate as well as provide you with all the information you will want to know about what to expect on the day of the shoot.
Occasionally we hear about homeowners who received far less for hosting a shoot than their house was worth. We enter into compensation negotiation with a deep understanding of the production’s impact as well as the production value of your home, we will always strive to get you the best day rate possible.
E-mail or call us if you are interested adding your home to our library, we look forward to hearing from you!