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What is the definition of an
all-rounder?

A person who has many different types of skills and abilities.

Within a domestic setting the person you employ would have “all round” experience and is capable of a great many different tasks with a wide ranging skill set. They would be able to utilise their skills and could work both inside and outside the home, depending on the role they are employed to do.
Duties could include:

  • Tasks in the garden or on estate grounds
  • Property maintenance
  • Security
  • Household maintenance including changing light bulbs/fuses, putting out bins
  • General DIY
  • Driving
  • Household errands
  • Pet care
  • Fireplace cleaning and collecting logs
  • Assisting with heavy items
  • Organising contractors
  • Managing household finances
  • Cooking
  • Childcare
  • Housekeeping

The specific duties and responsibilities will vary depending on the needs of the household and the individual worker.

What would their job title be?

So this could be known as a House Manager, Estate Manager, Handy Man/Woman, Caretaker, Person Friday or simply a godsend!

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House Manager Typical Duties
Estate Manager Typical Duties

So what are the typical duties of a “House Manager”?

A house manager is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of a household. The specific duties of a house manager can vary depending on the size and needs of the household, but may include:

  • Managing staff: hiring, training, scheduling, and supervising household staff such as cleaners, cooks, and gardeners.
  • Maintenance and upkeep: overseeing repairs, renovations, and regular maintenance of the property, as well as ensuring that health and safety regulations are met.
  • Budgeting and financial management: managing household finances, including paying bills, creating budgets, and managing expenses.
  • Shopping and errands: organizing and overseeing the purchase of groceries, household supplies, and other necessities.
  • Event planning and coordination: planning and coordinating events, parties, and other gatherings.
  • Scheduling and coordination: managing schedules, reservations, and appointments for the family and household staff.
  • Travel planning: arranging travel itineraries, booking flights, and coordinating transportation for the family.
  • Child care and education: supervising and coordinating childcare and overseeing the education of children.
  • Security: ensuring the safety and security of the household and property.
  • Personal assistance: providing personal assistance to the household members.

The role of house manager may be full-time or part-time, live-in or live-out, and may be combined with other roles such as a personal assistant or a butler.

So what are the typical duties of an “Estate Manager”?

An estate manager is responsible for the overall management and operation of a large property or estate, which may include one or more residential properties, as well as agricultural or commercial land. The specific duties of an estate manager can vary depending on the size and needs of the estate, but may include:

  • Financial management: creating and managing budgets, overseeing financial records and accounts, and handling financial transactions.
  • Property maintenance: overseeing the maintenance and repair of buildings, landscapes, and other physical assets on the estate.
  • Staff management: hiring, training, and supervising staff, such as gardeners, cleaners, and security personnel.
  • Security: managing security systems and personnel, and ensuring the safety and security of the estate and its inhabitants.
  • Legal and regulatory compliance: ensuring that the estate is in compliance with local, state, and federal laws and regulations.
  • Event planning and coordination: planning and coordinating events, parties, and other gatherings on the estate.
  • Agriculture and land management: managing the agricultural and land-use aspects of the estate, including crop and livestock production, conservation, and forestry.
  • Leasing and rentals: managing the leasing and rental of property or land on the estate.
  • Natural resource management: managing the natural resources on the estate, such as water and minerals.
  • Personal assistance: providing personal assistance to the homeowner or residents of the estate.

The role of an estate manager may be full-time or part-time, live-in or live-out, and may involve managing multiple properties or multiple staff members.

And, what are the typical duties of a “caretaker/handyman”?

A caretaker or handyman is responsible for maintaining and repairing a property or properties, and ensuring that they are in good working order. The specific duties of a caretaker or handyman can vary depending on the size and needs of the property, but may include:

  • Maintenance and repairs: performing routine maintenance and repairs on the property, including painting, carpentry, plumbing, and electrical work.
  • Grounds keeping: maintaining the grounds of the property, including mowing lawns, trimming hedges, and tending to gardens.
  • Cleaning: keeping the property clean and tidy, including sweeping, mopping, and dusting.
  • Security: ensuring the safety and security of the property and its inhabitants, including monitoring alarms and surveillance systems.
  • Snow removal and other seasonal tasks: clearing snow, ice and other seasonal tasks as needed.
  • Equipment maintenance: maintaining and repairing equipment used on the property, such as lawn mowers and snow blowers.
  • Building systems: maintaining and monitoring building systems, such as HVAC, plumbing and electrical systems.
  • Emergency response: being available to respond to emergency situations, such as power outages or leaks.
  • Record keeping: keeping accurate records of maintenance and repairs, and order materials as needed.
  • Communication: communicating with property owners or managers regarding maintenance issues, work schedules, and other tasks as needed.

The role of a caretaker or handyman may be full-time or part-time, live-in or live-out, and may involve managing multiple properties or multiple staff members.

If you need further guidance or assistance in looking for staff then one of our experienced consultants would be happy to take your call and talk through the best option for you and your requirements. Contact us today on 0203 033 0000 or email mail@masseysagency.co.uk

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