House Management

Employing a Chauffeur or Outsourcing the Role?

We receive a fair few inquiries from wealthy individuals and families who are looking at the possibility of using an external supplier rather than directly employing a chauffeur. This could be for a number of reasons: cost, flexibility and the difficulty in finding a suitable candidate for a permanent role. …

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Emergency Planning For Private Residences

Understanding on how to protect one of your biggest investments from a disaster Many times a year, you read about large fire losses to mansions and estates due to fires that could have been easily detected and mitigated through pre-incident planning and fire/life safety systems. A quick search, of some …

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The Tech Approach To Wine Cellar Management

For ultra-high net worth individuals, having a cellar may be somewhat of a normal, everyday feature in the depths of their state of the art homes. For many of us, having a wine cellar would be something we could only dream of….until the task comes of having to manage the …

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Protecting Carpet During Renovations

Recently a DEMA member oversaw a renovation project on a second floor of the estate and it needed to be completed during the summer months between June & August. The home recently had new carpeting installed on two sets of stairs and a large hallway. Of course, it wasn’t just …

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Understanding your Russian Principal

Understanding your Russian Principal. Coming from the west your first experience of working within a Russian household or for a Russian principal can be extremely confusing. It has been said to feel like a cold bucket of water has been thrown over you when you suddenly realise the cultural gulf …

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Pursuing The Household Management Dream

how do you become a household manager?

Across all industries in the global workplace you can easily find ‘fast track courses’ which are readily available for those wishing to change their career path and make a better life for themselves. Some of these courses will ‘guarantee’ instant success in terms of finding a suitable position – which …

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Trust, How Fast is Yours?

Last month we explored personal development, we looked at ways that you, the leader can further improve both yourself and your staff. Essentially, it comes down to being Physically, Mentally and Spiritually Fit and we identified ways of building upon each of those areas. It is my hope that you …

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Five Things Every Luxury Estate Needs

You’ve learned to pull the shades at night and double-check the locks, but when is that not enough? The Domestic Estate Management Association (DEMA), a worldwide educational association for the Private Service Community, urges estate owners and private service professionals to reevaluate their current safety measures; often there are weaknesses …

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