What Is a Property Caretaker?

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What Is a Property Caretaker?

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Any homeowner knows that it can take quite a bit of work to maintain the property. For some people who own multiple homes they travel between, the last thing they want to worry about is maintaining the property when they are away.

Whether you own one home or multiple homes, you will want to hire a property caretaker through a domestic staffing agency. A property caretaker or estate caretaker is a domestic staff position that ensures the property, grounds, landscaping, and other such things are taken care of for the property owner.

Having a caretaker as part of your household staff is like having a maintenance and repair technician of your own. They typically can perform a wide range of job duties and functions to keep your home looking great and in working order.

What Does a Property Caretaker Do?

Property caretakers are responsible for a wide range of job duties and functions around your home to ensure that it is well-maintained. Some people might think a caretaker just takes care of the outside appearance of the home and property. However, this assumption is not correct. A caretake also ensures that interior maintenance and repairs are taken care of as well.

A caretaker should be able to manage and handle all aspects of the property, including but not limited to:

  • Gardening
  • Landscaping
  • Lawn Care
  • Pool Maintenance
  • Driveway Maintenance
  • Fence Maintenance
  • All Exterior and Interior Repairs and Renovations
  • Painting
  • HVAC, Plumbing, and Electrical Repairs and Maintenance
  • Home Networking and Telecommunication Systems

Some caretakers also serve as household or estate managers and oversee other household staff,  making sure everything is being taken care of as it should. The types of job duties and functions caretakers perform will vary based on their educational backgrounds, training, and the number of years of service.

For example, a caretaker may not be certified to work on HVAC, plumbing, or electrical systems but would be responsible for ensuring they were maintained and repaired by using an appropriately licensed contractor.

Can a Property Caretaker Be a Live-In Position?

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A property caretaker can be either a live-in position or one where the employee works set hours and lives offsite. There are benefits of hiring a live-in caretaker over an off-site position. For instance, if you own multiple homes, having a live-in caretaker ensures someone is watching the property and taking care of maintenance and upkeep even while you are away.

Another benefit of a live-in caretaker is they can respond right away to emergencies like a broken water pipe or broken furnace. They can also make sure your home is prepared and ready for your arrival when you have been away for a while.

Who Should a Property Caretaker Report To?

It largely depends on the size of your household staff. If you already have a household or estate manager, then you may want to have your caretaker report to that person. On the other hand, if you have a smaller staff or they are also your estate manager, then you might want your estate caretaker to report directly to you.

For help finding a property caretaker, estate and household manager, nanny, housekeeper, butler, personal assistant, or other household staff, please contact domestic staffing agency Staffing at Tiffanie’s at 866-484-5550 today! We look forward to helping you find the right household staff that reflects your specific needs and requirements.