Ranch and Vacation Properties

Experienced Ranch & Farm Staff, Caretakers & Operational Management


Luxury homes and vacation properties in remote areas of the county have a unique set of struggles sourcing qualified staff and vendors. Teresa Leigh Household Risk Management can quickly identify the needs of the client and match experienced staff and vendors to meet the clients’ service expectations.

New hires might include experienced: ranch managers, household managers, organic farmers, arborist, project managers, wranglers, walking trail and extreme sports trail management, seasonal workers, support staff, head housekeepers, housekeepers, and experienced property caretakers.

When clients are hiring staff or vendors for remote properties we encourage them to have the following: non-disclosure agreements with considerations for social media exposure, house and property use rules while the homeowner is away, and thorough work life profiles completed prior to an offer of employment or service.

The Questions Below Illustrate Client Issues We Have Recently Resolved

1. We have a home and several guest cabins on our new property, we would like to invite our friends over for a mini retreat as soon as possible, but my wife says absolutely not, till we have help. Where do we even get started so we can share with beautiful property with our family and friends?
2. We want to have horses on our ranch, can you tell us what we need in addition to a manager? Can we have someone pick us up at the airport too?
3. We want to have chicken on our property, so when we visit with our boys, they can learn about where eggs come from. So can you make this happen, is that a chicken farmer?
4. The farm house is in a remote area, I bought this property to go fly fishing on, can you help me hire and oversee part time help or on call help?
5. What is the difference between hiring a Caretaker and a property management firm?
6. The fellow at the local lumber store wants be our ranch manager, I think we need your help with a job description, an offer, but first a pretty thorough background examination. When can we get this done?
7. Can you assist us with an operational manual of sorts, because we are not here every weekend I need information on what is where and how to turn things off in case of an emergency?
8. I am interested in learning how to have a conversation about privacy, we recently heard through other people that our renovation project costs were being talked about in the small town where we recent bought a property, how do we ask that this and other sensitive information not be shared?
9. My wife and I do not want to cook, wash clothes, clean up or shop while we are at our vacation property, it is 30 miles to the nearest town can you solve this?
10. I have big plans for the main house and the cabins, what is the best way to manage a renovation when we are three thousand miles away? And when should we be thinking about staff on property
11. The aesthetics of our property even though it is way off the beaten path is so important to us, how do we know the workers will apply this to their work?
12. Is it unrealistic to try to hire a farm type manager to oversee a small organic orchard we have on our property?
13. What is a wrangler? And do I need to hire them for our property: pros and cons?

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