Household Managers: Who, What, Where, When and Why?

Housekeeper cleaning the kitchenIn our last post we discussed the difference between a nanny and a nanny housekeeper, two types of candidates we match families with here at our Vancouver nanny agency. This conversation raised an important question about another one of our candidates — the all-powerful household manager.

Who is a household manager?

Household managers are professionals who specialize in managing homes. They can be male or female and range in age from early 20s to late 50s. Some household managers have held past positions as assistants, secretaries, and house cleaners, while others come from unrelated backgrounds but share a common knack for organization and management. Through our screening process, applicants are interviewed to test for multiple skills including safety, discipline and communications. Along with these abilities, they are also individuals who hold exceptional references and have a clean record and driving history.

What does a household manager do and how are they different from a nanny or housekeeper?

Have you ever thought how much easier life would be if there were two of you? When you hire a household manager, that wish can become reality. A household manager can take on all your everyday chores and errands, from taking the kids to school and extracurricular activities to grocery shopping and cleaning the house. They do more than a nanny, as they not only care for your children but your entire home — and their responsibilities exceed far past just cleaning and what you would expect from a housekeeper.

Where does a household manager work?

A household manager can work solely from your home, keeping it clean and tidy, cooking meals, managing your family’s schedule, assisting when you have company, and just organizing your life overall. Household managers can also be mobile — running errands, chauffeuring your children and doing the shopping, as well as assisting your family on travels and vacations.

When are they available?

Household managers can range from part-time to full-time positions depending on the needs of the family they work for. It is common for the family to set a designated schedule for the household manager to follow, and for it to be adjusted to reflect holidays, parties, and times when children are off school. While typically this is not a live-in position, it is certainly a possibility.

Why do people hire household manages? How do I know if I need one?

People hire household managers for a variety of reasons. Families with children benefit from an extra hand helping to lift some of the responsibility that comes with parenting young ones. Singles and couples with fulltime jobs seek the skills of a household manger to keep their home and life organized and well managed, even when they are away for long hours or days at a time. Elderly individuals greatly depend on a household manager to do the tasks that they now find difficult, including driving them to run errands and go on doctors’ visits.

If you have any more questions about household managers feel free to browse our candidates web page, or contact us. We’d be happy to help.

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