The Duties of an Estate Manager


Professional estate managers are responsible for the overall managment of an employer's home -- particularly if that home is an estate that consists of multiple properties, extensive grounds, elaborate fine art, antiques and wine collections. An estate manager is the go-to person for virtually everyone who works for or visits the estate. As "CEOs" of the household staff, estate managers have a lot on their plate to ensure the estate runs smoothly.

Staff Management

  • As an estate manager, your job is to manage all of the staff. This includes anyone who is on the payroll of your employer, both contract and full time. You are in charge of supervising them and, depending on the job, you are likely responsible for hiring and firing them as well. When dealing with contract labor, make sure they do what they agreed to do, and make sure they get paid on time. Managing the other employees will take much responsibility off of your employer and allow your boss to focus on something else.


  • Make sure any and all necessary maintenance is done on the estate. This includes maintenance needed for the grounds, automobiles, pools, yachts and private planes. You must have the ability to see a problem and fix it right away -- without hesistation.


  • An important aspect of your job as an estate manager is to oversee and monitor the household bank account and the household budget. This means you must keep up with all accounts that the household has with contractors and other businesses. Your duties include budgeting the money that is needed for their services. If the household needs something new, then your job is to budget the money for it from the household account, and make sure the expense is taken care of.

Employer Relief

  • The biggest part of your job is to provide relief to your employer. Ensure that the household is running smoothly and that your employer is free of the stress of caring for things. Your employer must not worry about the day-to-day operations of the estate. That is your job.

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