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Old 02-08-2011, 11:24 AM
 
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Default work in exchange for housing

Quick question and might sound stupid but do you ever hear of people who have large estates hire someone to basically live there in exchange for work such as landscaping, pool service etc? It was just a thought and didnt know if this actually did happen. It was suggested to me and figured I would get some thoughts from locals. My husband can fix basically anything and has over 10 years as a landscaper and is a licensed plumber and pool certified. I am sure he can put a post on craigslist for side work but it would be great to even get a discounted rate for housing in exchange for work. I am sure its a shot in the dark but figured I would see what you think. Any thoughts or info would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 02-08-2011, 12:05 PM
 
Location: Kauai, HI
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I have a friend that does this- he takes care of the landscaping for a few rentals and his landlord's property and lives rent free. He found this opportunity through craigslist.
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Old 02-08-2011, 12:24 PM
 
Location: Pāhoa, HI & Manhattan Beach, CA
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Quick question and might sound stupid but do you ever hear of people who have large estates hire someone to basically live there in exchange for work such as landscaping, pool service etc? It was just a thought and didnt know if this actually did happen.
Yes, it happens occasionally and sometimes it doesn't even have to be a "large estate." The current caretaker of my place is a former flight attendant for Aloha Airlines. She stays in my 'ohana unit rent-free in exchange for light housework (ie. vacuuming, mopping floors, and washing windows) and running errands. She got job by networking via her family -- her second cousin's husband was a former classmate of mine from elementary school.
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Old 02-08-2011, 01:12 PM
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Location: Pahoa Hawaii
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You may have some competition. I've got a little Ohana that has come up for rent 3 times in the last 2 years, posted on Craigslist. Each time there were 4 to 6 inquiries from people wanting to do work/trades, everything from yardwork to tantric massage.
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Old 02-08-2011, 02:33 PM
 
Location: Molokai, HI
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There is also an online publication called the Caretaker's Gazette which advertises both places that need caretakers and those qualified to do it. It is by subscription, but not too expensive, as I recall.

http://www.caretaker.org/

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Old 02-08-2011, 02:53 PM
 
Location: Volcano
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Consider all the aspects carefully. When it works well, it can be great... I know a guy who has been a caretaker on a beautiful estate for 20 years, and now the wealthy family he's worked for is buying him a little cottage to retire to.

But when it doesn't work it can be like a bad marriage. And if you get fired or quit you get a double hit... you lose job and home at the same time! That can be brutal!
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Old 02-08-2011, 06:34 PM
 
Location: Maui County, HI
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Have you been watching Magnum PI? I don't think anybody is going to give you a guest house and the use of a Ferrari in exchange for handling security.

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Old 02-08-2011, 06:45 PM
 
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If you're renting a house or on a lot with multiple properties, you can certainly negotiate with the landlord for a reduced rate if you do the landscaping. I know people who do this usually for a couple of hundred dollars a month.
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Old 02-08-2011, 09:12 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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I've heard about this happening in Australia more often than Hawaii.
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