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When you have a busy lifestyle and an active family, you need all the help you can get. That’s why so many families are investing in domestic help, like household and estate managers. While duties and responsibilities often overlap, it’s crucial to know the difference between these two roles when looking for support in your home. This guide explains a few key basics to help you make an informed decision.



Household Managers

A house or household manager plays a similar role to the organic head of a household. This staff member may be responsible for maintaining the home and keep things running smoothly, which can include running errands, organizing, scheduling, coordinating travel, handling household billing, purchasing gifts on the employer’s behalf, and other tasks. If other domestic staff are employed at the home, the household manager will be responsible for managing them as well.

The size of the household can determine how many chores and tasks the household manager is actually responsible for. For smaller homes, the person may assume more hands-on duties like meal prep, keeping personal items stocked, and organizing closets. In larger properties, the household manager might primarily be devoted to managing other staff and covering administrative processes, such as scheduling repairs and maintenance as needed.


Estate Managers

Estate managers are often sought to help with larger properties or multiple homes held within one estate. As a result, this role is usually a lot less hands-on when compared to the house manager. The manager of an estate may spend most of their time interacting and coordinating with other domestic personnel, who will perform specific tasks for the household.

Estate managers can also have duties that take them outside the home. For instance, they may need to coordinate with gardening and landscaping crews to ensure the exterior of the property looks its best. And if the estate is often rented out for parties or other special events, the manager will usually play a role in those gatherings as well. Additionally, they may prepare and manage budgets, oversee renovations, plan small or large events, and handle administrative tasks like submitting insurance claims, filing legal documents and preparing invoices.