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Busy, private family in Hamilton, VA is looking to hire a Housekeeper/Pet Sitter for their home.
The Ideal Candidate: A Housekeeper and a Pet Lover! This family is looking for someone to clean their home, take their 5 dogs (Mini Bernedoodles who do not shed) out on the property a couple of times/day and handle some routine home management responsibilities. Duties would include Housekeeping: full cleaning duties for the home including, cleaning/dusting all rooms, maintaining floors, keeping the kitchen clean, doing dishes, cleaning/tidying bedrooms, handling all laundry (including stripping beds & washing linens), making beds, etc. This family has oriental rugs, marble, and a Sub Zero, so someone who has familiarity with the care of these items is ideal. Daily: Family would like their housekeeper to tend to the first floor daily, keeping it clean after the dogs (i.e. swiffering all floors), cleaning kitchen, doing dishes, tidying/picking up, etc. The rest of the house cleaning can be kept on a schedule to be determined by the housekeeper and what they feel is best for them to keep up with other cleaning duties as well as laundry, making beds, etc. Pet Care: The family has 5 dogs – 4 mini Bernadoodles (about 20-30 lbs. each) and 1 mini Aussiedoodle (about 18 lbs). They do not shed. Most important for the care of these dogs is getting them outside about 2-3 times/day. The family has an invisible fence around their property however they request that this person play and engage with the dogs (throw balls to them, etc) and be outside with them to watch and make sure they don't get out (even with the invisible fence). They ask that you always keep an eye on them and not just "let them out." At this point, the family is not asking for any other duties related to the dogs (feeding, taking to the vet, etc.). Home Management: Organizing closets and pantry, and general organizing, as needed – organization is key! Local errands (post office, dry cleaning, grocery shopping, as needed), maintain inventory of any cleaning supplies and/or anything else needed in the home. Some meal prep would be ideal for the family but not required. "Meal prep would be amazing!" – If this person wants to help start dinner/meal prep, that would be welcome! The husband travels often and is out of the home most of the time so the meal prep would mostly just be for the wife and occasionally her grown daughter (20 yr old). No cooking is required but if this person likes/wants to cook, there could be room for that as well. Other Requests: Mom travels for roughly about a week, every other month, and would want this person to stay at their home while she is traveling to continue taking care of the dogs, keep the house clean, water the plants, etc., and help maintain the home while she is gone. They do not put the dogs in a kennel so they would want that support. Ample notification for any overnight stay would be given.
What Works Best for Family: Reliability, trustworthiness, and a self-starter are most important! Dad works overseas, mom travels on occasion, and their two children are in college or out of the house most of the time so mom is really looking for someone to care for the home & pets as if they were their own and be her right arm at home. Mom is working in a hybrid role currently and is home 2 days/week. Discretion is also important as both the husband & wife are executives who prefer to keep a private life. The preference is to find someone with a good deal of experience who can organize their week – know when to take care of the closets, wash and fold the linens – even buy new linens if needed. Most importantly, once a schedule is set it is critical that this person is able to keep it, as mom will work her professional schedule around that agreement. Actual hours can be decided but morning to afternoon help is what is most needed.
Requested Duration: As long as possible
Adults: 2 (husband working overseas most of the time)
Children: 2 (grown and in college, away from home mostly)
Dogs: 5 (4 Mini Bernadoodles, 1 Mini Aussiedoodle)
Current Staff: None
Home SQFT: approx. 6,500
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