What is an Estate or Household Manager and How Can They Change Your Life

What is an Estate or Household Manager and How Can They Change Your Life?

For busy homes and estates, organisation is the key to ensuring success for the whole family and so a household or estate manager has never been more compulsory. But if it’s your first time either considering hiring a house manager or you’re looking to level up your residential role and considering becoming a household manager, what exactly does it entail and how can it change lives?

The Everyday Roles of an Estate Manager:

The daily tasks and responsibilities of an estate manager or household manager will differ depending on the location and size of the household or estate being managed. The key to good residential staff matches is being honest and specific about the roles that need to be filled but, generally speaking, tasks can include:

  • Property maintenance
  • Hiring and managing staff
  • Admin and financial management
  • Event management

Property Maintenance

A household manager will often make property maintenance their first priority, ensuring the cleaning, laundry, gardening and full functionality of a household. This often means managing and delegating with a small team of housekeepers, gardeners and maintenance staff. From plumbing to electrics and sometimes even renovations and security, if your property or estate is large, a household manager is a necessity to keep everything running smoothly.

Hiring and Managing Staff

From ensuring the household has every staff member it needs for the smooth daily running, to hiring temporary roles and contractors for odd jobs, staff management is another large role of the household or estate manager, who will ensure everyone is completing their job requirements and ensure high standards are met.

Admin and Financial Management

There is a lot to be done for a large household or estate and a household manager will be tasked with staying on top of all the administrative and financial matters such as the development and distribution of budgets, management of payroll and research to ensure the best outcomes for the estate.

Event Management

There are many reasons why a household or estate will need event management, from hiring out the venue, managing press or historic access or organising and hosting on behalf of the family of the household. A household manager will manage bookings and payments and, in some cases, advertising of the property.

Good Qualities and Experience of Estate Managers

Whether you’re looking to hire an estate manager or you’re looking to become one, there are many skill requirements and character traits which are specifically expected in this role such as:

  • Excellent organisation skills
  • Strong management and leadership skills
  • Business and negotiation skills
  • An eye for detail
  • Resourcefulness and problem-solving
  • Project management skills
  • Excellent communication skills

At Talent Private Staff, we have decades of experience in matching the right person to the right role and have only the highest calibre of staff on our books. We hire private residential staff for families and estates internationally so if you’d like to enquire about the hiring of a house manager see here, or if you’d like to enquire about being on our books, start your process here.

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