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Houseman

At the helm of your household’s management is your Houseman, who can navigate the needs of your household and estate with an efficient, skilled touch and superior abilities in maintenance and repairs.

With an intuitive understanding of what makes your household unique and the essential elements required to maintain its high standards, your Houseman is a wise and attentive staff member.

At Irving Scott we seek and retain exceptional individuals who are highly trained and adept at managing large, high-profile households.  By assisting with all housekeeping duties, maintenance (both interior and exterior), and dealings with all other amenities (swimming pools, tennis courts, saunas), a qualified Houseman will ensure that every facet of your domestic life will run to its highest standard.

A Houseman is generally employed for the cleaning, maintenance, and other general work inside and outside of the home.  Essential functions of the job include:

  • Cleaning the interior and exterior of the home which can include heavy housework, such cleaning floors, vacuuming, polishing silver, accepting heavy deliveries and moving furniture and other items
  • Ensuring that grounds and exterior work spaces are clean
  • Performing small household repairs and assisting other staff members if needed
  • Keeping property free of trash and pest and handling trash and recycling both inside and outside the household
  • Maintaining gardens, mowing, watering plants, cleaning windows, paths and steps.
  • Raking gravel and leaves, jet-spraying exterior walls and windowsills and outdoor furniture.
  • Valeting cars, driving to meetings, shopping, running errands, airport and school runs.
  • Assisting to serve at dinners, looking after swimming pools, saunas, gyms and hot tub
  • Maintaining household appliances and other tools in working order
  • Washing windows, walls and ceilings as needed
  • Setting up furniture and structures for parties and event
  • Scheduling laundry services, room service, or newspaper delivery
  • Identifying and reporting maintenance issues and coordinating appropriate responses

Ideal Qualities

  • Proficiency in a second language could be advantageous, if serving an international clientele or working with staff members whose native language is not English.
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Good communication skills and manners
  • Ability to stay on their feet for much of the day and able to lift heavy objects such as furniture or luggage.
  • Ability to handle the daily duties in a residence, and ensure the smooth and orderly running of a residency and to fill in for the housekeeper if they call in sick, and to watch the children, or assist the chef in preparation and serving for a formal dinner party.
  • Ability to care for a residence’s grounds, including the main entry area of the house and the walkways.

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