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Luxury property caretaker The perfect job for someone with Champagne taste but a beer budget, becoming a luxury property caretaker is a sneaky way to get a taste of the good life without living beyond your means. From private islands owned by billionaires to governmentowned castles filled with heritage treasures, deluxe beach houses in remote locations and luxury homes on sprawling estates, these properties require caretakers to live on site to ensure it is safe, secure and well maintained when the owner is away. With many upscale properties containing priceless art and important personal effects, live-in caretakers ensure that the property isn’t left vacant and open to abuse by thieves and squatters. Also, caretakers make sure the place is liveable for when an owner decides to pop in and stay (even though that may be for only a handful of weeks in a year). Sounds pretty good? Well, to be suitable for a role like this you’d have to be happy living in another, often isolated, location. You’d also want to be sure you’re able to respect the privacy of the owner and are discreet enough to not leak personal info to the media if caretaking a home for a celebrity. Being honest and trustworthy enough to not throw a wild party at a multi-million dollar estate is also necessary. Same goes for not taking the boss’s Cadillac for a spin without their permission. Duties can vary depending on the type of property, with coordinating maintenance and repair work to light gardening being commonplace tasks. Some roles also include animal care such as feeding horses and walking dogs, as well as everyday things like dealing with mail, deliveries and visitors. Depending on the size of the property and the duties required, many roles like this go to couples who work in tandem to take care of the house and grounds.

Some property caretakers work all year round, while others only work seasonally – caretakers might need to look after a beach house in winter, then vacate throughout the summer when it’s in use. Some caretakers move from short-term role to short-term role, others take it on as a full-time job, staying put in one place for years. Payment for this type of work is usually average considering your home base and power bills are taken care of, so if you want to make millions, this is not a good idea. But if you want to be surrounded by millions then sure, this is a good way to live a mortgage-free lifestyle in a premier location. With this type of work available everywhere from Barbados to the Hamptons, England, France and Cape Town, it would be wise to start doing house-sitting gigs in order to understand what’s required of you. From there, signing up to caretaking websites and companies that place caretakers in residences is a good way to put yourself out there. Who knows … depending on where you can work, you could end up in a mansion in Hawaii, a castle in Scotland or a private island owned by a successful entrepreneur. In any case, this is a job that can land you in some truly unforgettable places – all without needing a degree, connections or much experience. Sign me up!

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Education or qualifications: None. Experience required: None. Although having good references will help immensely. Training: None. Restrictions: Criminal record checks usually apply.

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