Call Now +44 (0)207 471 6000


A versatile solution for many households, a houseman ensures the general upkeep of a home. A houseman will ensure the cleaning and maintenance is kept up together and offers continuity and flexibility.

There is an additional benefit of security if you employ a full-time houseman to work in the house during the day. Some may work alone within a private household while others work with other staff, including housekeepers, house managers, butlers and chefs.

Many housemen come from a military background, such as Ghurkhas. This means housemen are reliable, highly trained and diverse in their skill set.


As a guide a houseman’s duties will depend on the home and needs of an employer but will generally include:

  • Assisting with housekeeping and deep cleaning carpets and upholstery, polishing brass, mirrors, glass, light fixtures, and chandeliers.
  • Waxing all floors or hard cleaning of floors. Cleaning and laying fireplaces, restocking wood, emptying bins.
  • Changing light bulbs, fuses, checking boiler pressure, bleeding radiators, checking security and alarm systems and performing minor household repairs.
  • Assisting with laundry and ironing, cooking, laying tables, caring for children and pets.
  • Maintaining gardens, mowing, watering plants, cleaning windows, paths and steps.
  • Raking gravel and leaves, jet spraying exterior walls, sills and outdoor furniture.
  • Valeting cars, driving to meetings, shopping, running errands, airport and school runs.
  • Assisting to serve at dinners, looking after swimming pools, saunas, gyms and hot tubs.

Cost of a Houseman

A houseman may be employed to work 5 or 5.5 or 6 flexible days per week and hours may be 40-50 depending on the role. If employing a ‘live-in’ houseman you will need to provide accommodation (ideally separate, self-contained or bedroom with a bathroom), cover all food and utility costs.

A ‘live-out’, daily houseman will need to live within a commutable proximity to you and their salary will be dependent on days worked, hours and the location.

As a broad guide a live-in houseman may earn £20,000 – £28,000 per year gross and accommodation provided which is approximately £300 – £400 per week net.

For a live out houseman depending on days, hours and location the salary range may be between £25,000 – £35,000 per year gross for full time which is approximately £380 – £500 per week net but could be higher for six days’ full time hours.

The level of professional experience, skills and qualifications may also be reflected in the salary

Latest Blog Posts

clutter 300x90 Houseman Declutter Your Life - Being swamped by excessive clutter seems to be a symptom of modern life which can have a wide-ranging effect on most aspects of our existence,...
winter gardening 300x90 Houseman Winter Gardening Tips - Just because its wintertime and the ground is hard and frequently frozen, it doesn’t mean that the garden should be neglected. Now is the time...
cleaning hacks 300x90 Houseman 7 Cleaning Hacks That Will Save You Time & Energy - Keeping our houses and belongings clean and ship shape is often such a time consuming process, and this can make it tempting to avoid many...

Subscribe To Our Newsletter and we will dontate £1

Join our mailing list today and we will dontate £1 to our chosen charity, Children with Cancer.

You have Successfully Subscribed!