With a busy career and a hectic family schedule, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by your never-ending to-do list. This is particularly the case for Mosman property owners, who have demanding careers, busy kids and a large property to maintain.
The good news is help is at hand from many places. You can outsource almost everything nowadays, from your meals to your cleaning. You can even find someone to answer your phone, 24/7.
Take a look at some helpful options to keep the home fires burning while you focus on more important tasks or simply take the time to relax.
Personal concierge / butler
Having a personal assistant at work is incredibly helpful. They help you with the mundane aspects of your job, such as scheduling meetings and keeping track of your business emails.
A personal concierge or butler takes care of the admin side of your home life. This might include organising and booking travel, getting your car cleaned or sorting out a plumber to fix a leaking tap.
There are a number of independent personal concierges in Sydney who offer a bespoke service to elite professionals. These specialists often charge by the hour, or can sell you a set amount of time each week that they dedicate to taking care of small jobs for you.
Personal chef or food delivery service
Simplify your life by outsourcing your meal planning and ingredient sourcing in one of three ways.
Firstly, you can try an option like Hello Fresh or Marley Spoon, which delivers a box of ingredients to your home or office. When you’re ready, simply cook your meal according to the instructions. There is less waste and no more stressful meal planning.
Alternatively, you can have fresh, delicious meals delivered to your door. Services including the Dinner Ladies, Eat Fit Food and Gourmet Dinner Service all create delicious, healthy meals and drop them off to you.
Finally, splash out on a personal chef. This is the ultimate luxury but will ensure you are eating well. Your chef can visit regularly and prepare meals which can be reheated on the days they are off duty, or they can cater exclusive dinner parties for you and your friends.
Personal property manager
Many Mosman property investors try their luck with Airbnb, with the understanding that they can make more money from a short term rental.
However, after struggling to manage tenants, organise cleaning and secure bookings often enough, self-managing an Airbnb can feel like too much work.
Instead of looking after your short-term rental on your own, hand the responsibility over to a professional property manager. They will organise photographs, liaise with tenants and take care of the cleaning so you don’t have to. The commission they earn will be covered by the time saved and the extra income you make.
It can be frustrating to be constantly interrupted by calls when you’re off the clock but sometimes they are important enough to stop what you are doing. The difficulty is knowing which calls to take.
A virtual receptionist service can ensure every call is answered, taking care of basic questions, passing messages on where necessary and determining if you need to be interrupted. You can set the rules for the types of calls you wish to receive so you’re not constantly on the phone but you also don’t miss opportunities.
A cleaner is helpful to vacuum floors and scrub the bathroom but who picks up all the stuff before they arrive?
Having a housekeeper show up for a couple of hours a day will have your house neat and tidy every time you return to it. Your housekeeper can take care of tasks like giving access to tradespeople or walking your dog, plus you can talk to them about organising your wardrobe, sorting through your pantry or picking the kids up from school.
Finding good help
There are plenty of one-off websites to find help like a housekeeper or gardener. Have a look on Airtasker or Sidekicker but always check the reviews other users have left for the people who apply to help you.
If possible, stick with a regular provider who can get to know you, your family and your Mosman property. Treat them with respect, pay well and be flexible. This will encourage them to go the extra mile on your behalf.