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What is Giggster
Rather than showcase your home to traveling millennials, Giggster is an Airbnb-esque platform that gets it in front of photographers, film producers, and location scouts looking for a suitable space to use for their creative project. Inspiration for the concept came to CEO Yuri Baranovs in 2016, shortly after a location scout knocked on his door to see if he would be willing to use his home used in an episode of CSI: Miami.
Once Yuri learned more about the logistics of location scouting and saw how much the production teams were willing to pay for access to his home, the potential value of a service that makes private homes accessible to the industry to the entertainment became apparent.
How does Giggster work?
Giggster is a web-based platform that connects you directly to proprietary hosts. Like Airbnb for vacation rentals, its goal is to simplify the way you find, contact, and book movie-friendly places.
If you own a property, you can list it on Giggster. All it takes to be eligible for production is a description of the space, photos, and rental price. Thousands of producers are searching for areas using Giggster.
What are the requirements to list on Giggster?
- A home or office, studio, warehouse, or outdoor space that you are willing to rent;
- Be able to sign a legal contract and maintain whatever licenses may be necessary for your area to lease your real estate as a venue.
How do you earn money on Giggster?
Include your house or space to rent for filming or to host a party or an event.
How much money can you make on Giggster?
You are expected to be able to earn between $2,000 to $5,000 a day for a movie and several hundred a day for something smaller, like a documentary.
Pros of listing on Giggster
- Even more good news: You don’t have to have a perfect house for it to be a great film set.
- There are no overnight stays. It’s a 12-hour shoot, and they wrap, and it’s all finished.
- Giggster could become a viable Airbnb alternative or complement to Airbnb for those looking to earn some money on the side.
- One of the most important incentives to rent your space is the additional income that you could be obtaining. If you have extra space that you are not using, it can help cover the cost of your rental or mortgage or even cover them entirely.
- Giggster boasts stories about hosts and guests who have formed lifelong friendships.
Cons of listing on Giggster
- Depending on where you live, you may have to pay additional taxes, which will decrease your total profit. And you might be subjected to a fee assessed by your city.
- The risk that your guests may damage your property or personal items is something to consider in advance. Accidents do happen, and people may not be as careful with your belongings as they would be with theirs.
- Giggster has a limited geographic reach, operating primarily in Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco, but there are half a dozen other sites that do the same.
How do I sign up to list on Giggster?
Click here to go to their website and begin the application process.
What is the website for Giggster?
Does Giggster have an app?
There are no apps available.
Owners say the experience is fun but can be intrusive. There are filming days of more than 12 hours and preparation days when your home could be wholly rearranged with new paint and furniture. Depending on the production, a film crew could be made up of 20 people, dragging around heavy equipment and lights, for example. That is the possibility that some part of your home or your belongings could be damaged.
Giggster requires a substantial deposit, about half of the rental amount, to protect against property losses. However, the site also advises homeowners to request that the production company obtain and show you a copy of their production insurance policy. If you have priceless relics, it would be wise to keep an eye on them during filming or remove them before the crew arrives.
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