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What does a Houseperson do?

A Houseperson plays a crucial role in maintaining the cleanliness and overall appearance of a hotel or resort. They ensure guest comfort by cleaning common areas, assisting housekeeping staff, and addressing maintenance issues. But what skills are needed to excel in this role?
Nicole Madison
Nicole Madison
Nicole Madison
Nicole Madison

A houseperson is usually charged with the general upkeep of a facility. Often, a person with this job works in a hotel or spa and performs a range of cleaning and housekeeping tasks. He may also take on some general maintenance tasks that a maintenance worker doesn’t handle. He may, for instance, have the job of performing basic maintenance on a facility’s hot tubs. The exact duties a houseperson performs, however, may depend on the unique needs of his employer.

Often, a houseperson works for a hotel and performs a range of tasks involved in keeping the hotel well-maintained and clean. This means he may be responsible for performing a range of cleaning and maintenance duties in the hotel lobby and public restrooms. He may also be responsible for cleaning and maintaining a hotel’s hallways. A houseperson who works in a spa may perform many of the same duties.

A bellboy might sometimes need a houseperson's assistance.
A bellboy might sometimes need a houseperson's assistance.

A houseperson may also help the staff of a hotel or other facility in a variety of ways. In a hotel, he may sometimes assist the bellboy with performing his duties. He may also run errands for the hotel staff members on an as-needed basis. When there are special events and conferences at the hotel, he may help prepare the rooms needed for the events. A houseperson who works in a hotel, spa, or other facility may also be responsible for maintaining employee break and locker rooms.

A houseperson may be in charge of maintenance of a facility's hot tubs.
A houseperson may be in charge of maintenance of a facility's hot tubs.

If a hotel or other facility is open seasonally, a houseperson may have additional duties related to preparing the facility to open for the season. For example, he may have the job of checking the phones and other equipment in each room prior to the arrival of guests. He may also check to ensure that the facility's keys are all present and replace any that are missing. Sometimes a person with this job also pitches in to help regular housekeeping staff with getting the rooms ready for the guests.

A houseperson may perform a variety of cleaning and housekeeping tasks.
A houseperson may perform a variety of cleaning and housekeeping tasks.

Generally, a person can become a houseperson with a high school or general educational development diploma. Some employees may also hire individuals without either credential, however, as long as they are capable of following instructions, getting along well with others, and performing at least some of their work without direct supervision. Many employers prefer employees with experience in housekeeping or a related job, but some offer on-the-job training.

Nicole Madison
Nicole Madison

Nicole’s thirst for knowledge inspired her to become a PracticalAdultInsights writer, and she focuses primarily on topics such as homeschooling, parenting, health, science, and business. When not writing or spending time with her four children, Nicole enjoys reading, camping, and going to the beach.

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Nicole Madison
Nicole Madison

Nicole’s thirst for knowledge inspired her to become a PracticalAdultInsights writer, and she focuses primarily on topics such as homeschooling, parenting, health, science, and business. When not writing or spending time with her four children, Nicole enjoys reading, camping, and going to the beach.

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    • A bellboy might sometimes need a houseperson's assistance.
      By: Robert Kneschke
      A bellboy might sometimes need a houseperson's assistance.
    • A houseperson may be in charge of maintenance of a facility's hot tubs.
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      A houseperson may be in charge of maintenance of a facility's hot tubs.
    • A houseperson may perform a variety of cleaning and housekeeping tasks.
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      A houseperson may perform a variety of cleaning and housekeeping tasks.
    • A houseperson who works in a spa may be responsible for cleaning the shower facilities.
      By: Andreas Schindl
      A houseperson who works in a spa may be responsible for cleaning the shower facilities.