Running a large home takes an army of people, and every army needs a strong leader — enter the Household Manager.
The Household Manager must be a jack of all trades, from a budgeting wiz, a project management expert to playing the armchair psychologist in dealing with multiple staff. The Household manager must be adaptable, even-keeled and, most importantly, trustworthy.
What Does a Household Manager Do?
The household manager’s primary goal is to take the day-to-day tasks off the hands of the principle, essentially freeing them up to take care of their own priorities.
The job title is a general one, allowing the needs of the principle to set the parameters for the household manager. Essentially household managers act as the operations center of the house, the coordinate projects, plan events and jump in to help to make sure everything runs smoothly.
In today’s homes with the myriad of appointments, social events and school requirements having a household manager to help a family manage it all gives the family more time to enjoy the things they love to do without worrying about missing an appointment or running to pick up the dry cleaning or making a last minute dash to pick up hors-d’oeuvres that you forgot about for the party — the household manager sweats all the little details so you don’t have to.
In larger homes the household manager would typically take on these responsibilities:
- Managing the household calendar and schedules
- Paying household bills and managing the budget
- Scheduling and supervising household repairs and maintenance
- Supervising and coordinating household staff
- Event planning
In smaller homes, household managers may incorporate tasks such as:
- Shopping, cooking and meal preparation
- Household cleaning
- Laundry, linens and closet management
- Managing household finances
What is the Difference Between a Household Manager and an Estate Manager?
In a word — size.
Estate managers take on a much higher level of responsibility from managing several properties, providing careful financial oversight, instituting and implementing real policy. This is an executive level position that may even require an MBA.
Estates requiring this level of management usually have significant features such as stables, golf courses, and vineyards. These principles may own private aircraft, yachts and multiple homes all over the globe. The estate manager will need to manage a larger staff, in more than one location at a time.
Another Choice in Household Management — The Domestic Couple
Domestic couples can be a fantastic workaround as opposed to hiring large staffs for a large household that works well in so many ways.
Estate owners will typically hire individuals with the hope that they’ll develop into a good team that works well together. A domestic couple is already there. They bypass that hope, as a fully established team with an extensive history, they’re already operating like a well-oiled machine.
Domestic couples are statistically mature adults who have transitioned from past positions of responsibility in the business and corporate world.
Domestic couples take these well-honed skills and carry them into private service careers. With previous skills in various industries, they bring a wealth of knowledge and experience. They take great pride in their work and enjoy serving others.
Together they take on the bulk of maintaining all aspects of running a large household.
The Simple Life — With a Domestic Management Brought to you By the Wellington Agency
Life is complicated, but with hand-selected domestic help chosen by the Wellington Agency your home will transform into an oasis. A peaceful respite away from the chaos of everyday tasks. We’ll take that right off your plate. Instead, bask in an environment of calm, harmony and relaxation, knowing you’re in good hands with the trusted help of a household manager who can tame even the busiest homes.
The Wellington Agency will find a household manager that you can put your complete confidence in — with in-depth screening including the most comprehensive background check available as well as a thorough investigation into the candidate’s work history and experience.
We Value Relationships — It’s How The Wellington Agency Fulfills Client Needs
At the Wellington Agency, we truly value the relationships we develop with our clients. Part of earning that trust is our ability to work with our clients to foster long-lasting relationships with the people we place to serve them. We offer an extensive interview process where we practice the art of active listening. We carefully consider our client’s requests, taking all of their needs into consideration.
Finding Household Management That Fits Your Lifestyle — The Wellington Agency Sources Domestic Bliss
Let the Wellington Agency help you find that perfect person or your dream team that’s just right for your family’s needs. With our exclusive selection of qualified candidates, we’ll find the perfect match!
The Wellington Agency has offices located across the globe to meet your staffing needs. Please call and let our dedicated associates assist you in finding that perfect person or team!
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