Waste Management

Disposing of the household garbage in a private home is quite simple.

On the appointed day, take out the waste container, leave it at the curb, take it back in when empty — what could be simpler?

Waste management is a task every caretaker will be required to do on an ongoing basis.

In the case of a hi-rise tower most, but not all, will have garbage chutes on each floor. Some will have a garbage recycling room where garbage bins are set up and a separate section for recyclables such as paper, cardboard, bottles and cans. Residents will take their waste and place it in the appropriate bins. There may even be a separate area for cardboard. On the collection day, the caretaker will set out the recycling bins at the pickup point or area for the truck to take the contents away. In some cases the cardboard will be picked up by either the contracted truck or by a private disposal truck. Cardboard is worth money and from time to time a local guy with a pickup truck may offer to take it away for free. This is a good idea as nothing but cardboard will be added. If the person proves to be reliable then call him on a regular basis because from time to time you may need to get rid of something out of the ordinary and he may be your man.

Garbage Waste Bins

With a full load, the large waste disposal bins may weigh over a ton. In most cases a small tractor may be available to tow the bins to the collection area; otherwise, the truck driver will roll the bins out to the truck. As the caretaker, you should not try moving these bins by hand as you may seriously injure your back. Be aware of this system before you take the position. You should discuss this with the property manager when you take your pre-acceptance tour. You may have to turn the job down if you have any back issues.

Large Compactor Bins

If the building has garbage chutes on each floor, the household garbage will fall down into the compactor. These bins are large and will be picked up by the truck and taken away to the disposal area in the city. The trucker will place an empty container before he takes the full container away.

The residents will place their garbage bags in the chutes and as it gets to the dumpster, it will trigger the compactor to start a push and that will send the waste into the bin. Sometimes residents will put an overstuffed bag into the chute and it will block the way and stop anything else from coming down. If you are lucky, you may find it early and release it. If no one notices the blockage, it could result in 6 or 10 floors being blocked. This could take a lot of time to clear by way of a hoe or some other tool.

Waste Management and Garbage Recycling

As you can see, waste management is not to be taken lightly. In the winter, snow can be a problem and may block the pickup area stopping the trucks from getting to the bins. British Columbia in Canada has a very active recycling program. Containers of every kind must be placed in the recycling bins.

Old Computers.

Electronic items including televisions, radios, computers and ipads must be taken to special depots for disposal. In a rental complex we once managed, the household appliances were slowly being replaced. The process we followed was to have them picked up and taken to the recycling depot where we would be charged a fee to get rid of them. When we began the job, a room was loaded with these appliances. One day, a fellow showed up at my office and asked if he could take some. I quickly agreed and he paid me for those he took. I have no idea how he could make a profit by taking them off of our hands as he would need to pay the recycling fee and he paid us $20 per item. As you can see, waste disposal is a big part of the job for caretakers.

16 years experience went into our book.

  • Writing your resume
  • Finding a job
  • Job interview
  • Rental buildings
  • Condominiums
  • Daily routines
  • Waste management
  • Fixing things

Benefits you may receive such as;

  • Rent reduction
  • Working from home
  • Free parking, phones, cable, hydro,
  • Vacations
  • Stat holidays
  • Salaries
  • Dental

Once you have read CARETAKERS you will be ready to hit the job market.

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Employment Benefits

The Best of the Employee Benefits was the Reduced Rent Deal

We were hired to be caretakers in a beautiful condo complex that was under construction. The rents would compare with the rent for rental apartments where a one bedroom would be $950. We were charged $400. Over the years we experienced the same benefit wherever we went. One rental building we managed had a three-bedroom apartment and our cost was only $550 whereas tenants paid $1,600 for the same size.

The reason for this employment benefit is that the landlord realized that our apartment is really part of the business where we had our phones and computer. We actually had a stand-alone office in the building but we were only in the office an hour per day.

Just prior to our first job as caretakers, Irma and I sat for an evening with a caretaker couple who explained the job and pointed out the many benefits the job offered. Overall, it sounded pretty good to us and we actively got busy with our job search. It was later when we took a good look at the employee benefits that our eyes were opened.

The Money Part of the Rent Reduction

In the first job we had, we enjoyed a rental benefit of $550 per month. This was a negotiated figure done by the property manager in conjunction with the government tax office. The benefit totaled a $6,600 saving for us over a year.

More benefits to come

As the company provided the suite for us, they had to have continuity in case we were to leave the job. They provided us with hydro, two phones, a landline, cable and a computer — all at no cost to us!

After three months on the job, we qualified for two weeks of vacation as well as 12 statutory holidays; dental care, and free underground parking — the cost was $25 for the residents.

Working From Home

This employment benefit was an excellent one and saved us plenty of money as well as stress. If you work from home, you don’t need to commute daily — your vehicle lasts longer; tires, engines, lights and brakes wear out at a slower rate, insurance is much cheaper, and you don’t need to replace your vehicle every few years. Working from home is a real health benefit because instead of commuting for a few hours per day, you will be healthier by not feeling that commuter stress. Yet another bonus is that you can exercise while working, and finally, you can fit more into your day with the hours saved from commuting!

CARETAKERS is a book we wrote taking you through our days on the job.

We explain everything you need to know about the job including how to write a resume, find a job, through to leasing a suite in a rental building. We also explain the difference between working as condo caretakers and rental caretakers.

16 years experience went into our book.

  • Writing your resume
  • Finding a job
  • Job interview
  • Rental buildings
  • Condominiums
  • Daily routines
  • Waste management
  • Fixing things

Benefits you may receive such as;

  • Rent reduction
  • Working from home
  • Free parking, phones, cable, hydro,
  • Vacations
  • Stat holidays
  • Salaries
  • Dental

Once you have read CARETAKERS you will be ready to hit the job market.

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Mature Worker Employment Demand

Just how much demand is out there for mature or senior workers?

If you read the headlines these days, you know the demand for skilled, senior, mature workers is almost nonexistent. Most employers want those recent graduates who are eager to learn; but, there is one field of employment that remains at a high and steady rate.

Demand for Caretakers Remains Steady.

When we talk of mature worker employment we tend to forget about the couple who are taking care of your apartment or condo complex while you are at work. Your caretaker is probably a couple who are of middle age — the type of couple who are reliable and make sure that your home buildings are clean and secure. More often than not they spent many years in the workforce as bankers, construction workers, plumbers or in the retail trade. They may have been pushed out of their employment due to their age, health or a number of other reasons. They may have found that mature worker employment demand has led to a shortage in their bank account.

So is there a demand for caretakers?

The demand is there because new apartment and condo complexes are going up all of the time. Take a drive around your city and take note of the number of construction cranes in use. For every building you see, there is a need for a caretaker. Back in the 1990s, we would drive around the city and point out each crane and say, “There is another $35,000 job, and there is another one.” Every building crane meant another good job available!

There are a lot of resources out there today for finding Caretakers jobs. Start with the Employees Wanted section in the newspapers. These ads may be listed under Caretakers, Building Managers or Superintendents.

Another invaluable source for Caretakers jobs is the internet. Workopolis.com and Indeed.com list many jobs available in your area.  Be sure to check out other cities through them as well. Check to see if the job ad states, “will train.”

Caretakers do retire.

Many caretakers get into the business when in their 60s and finally retire once their pensions kick in. If their health is declining, it may be the deciding factor. These events create more caretaker job openings.

Some cities now demand that caretakers be certified. You may be required to take a course as a caretaker. Generally, these courses can be completed in a couple of weeks. The certificate will tell your interviewer you are a qualified candidate for the job at hand. As a mature worker, finding employment in a caretaker position will be a breeze if you are certified.

Where can I learn about the job?

Our book, CARETAKERS, was written to guide you through everything you will need to know to do the job. We explain how to do your resume, find a job, prepare for an interview, fix a leak in a pipe, rent an apartment, work with a strata council, and everything in between.

16 years experience went into our book.

  • Writing your resume
  • Finding a job
  • Job interview
  • Rental buildings
  • Condominiums
  • Daily routines
  • Waste management
  • Fixing things

Benefits you may receive such as;

  • Rent reduction
  • Working from home
  • Free parking, phones, cable, hydro,
  • Vacations
  • Stat holidays
  • Salaries
  • Dental

Once you have read CARETAKERS you will be ready to hit the job market.

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Retirement Age – No Problem

Once we had found a potential job market, we then had to get to Vancouver some 3,000 km (1,800 miles) away.

It was just after Christmas with the temperature sitting at – 53 C (- 63 F) when we departed Whitehorse. The tires on our old van felt like they were solid rubber. Everything was white with plenty of snow as we began our trip south along the Alaska Highway.

Our hopes were high as we had to take it easy on our old van as it was long past retirement age as vehicles go. After a few cold hours we attempted to turn off the highway to gas up. We couldn’t turn as our power steering had frozen! It took some coaxing but we succeeded.

The trip took us four days and we finally arrived in Vancouver.

By evening we had tracked down the parents of a friend of ours who were working as Caretakers in an apartment building. They were of retirement age and had been working as caretakers for ten years. For the next two hours we listened as they explained the duties of caretakers. They told how they divided their work between them — it was a real eye-opener. Here we were in a city of two million and within two hours, the only two people we knew were caretakers who happily explained the job — Amazing!

The next morning, we made our rounds of the property management companies to check in and let them know we were available for work. We were promised work as soon as an opening arose. This is when we concluded that to be of retirement age was no problem as the companies were eager to hire mature couples to manage their buildings.

A week after our arrival in Vancouver, we saw an opportunity for a job as caretakers listed in the newspaper.

We called and talked our way into an interview. Upon our arrival at the office we saw that the office hallway, as well as a boardroom, was full of people. We didn’t know why they were there but we walked to the head of the line and explained to the receptionist that we had spoken on the phone to a property manager and he had told us to come right in. Within five minutes we were meeting with him in his office.

I explained that we didn’t have any experience but we had built three houses over the years. He asked me what a zone valve was so I took a guess and explained the valve could isolate an area where heat could be required in a building. I must have been right as he took us into the general manager’s office and then offered us a job as trainees in a 23-storey building nearby.

The next morning we signed a contract for $1,600 per month while in training and would pay $300 per month for an apartment. We had hoped to earn at least $600 while training! Out of curiosity, we asked what all of those people were doing there the previous day when we arrived. He explained that when the company advertised an opening, most people showed up anyway even though the ad stated that mature adult couples were required and that is why we were hired so quickly.

Yes, being of retirement age finally gave us the edge here! We left the office and excitedly drove over to meet our new trainers.

16 years experience went into our book.

  • Writing your resume
  • Finding a job
  • Job interview
  • Rental buildings
  • Condominiums
  • Daily routines
  • Waste management
  • Fixing things

Benefits you may receive such as;

  • Rent reduction
  • Working from home
  • Free parking, phones, cable, hydro,
  • Vacations
  • Stat holidays
  • Salaries
  • Dental

Once you have read CARETAKERS you will be ready to hit the job market.

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Best Retirement Job Ever For Seniors

A good friend of mine had a problem:

His girlfriend shared a single room with her sister in a small apartment building. There was no room for privacy. We served in the Canadian Navy on the same ship. I very reluctantly agreed to his pleas to go to meet his girlfriend’s sister for a date. He was a little nutty and I had reservations. Little did I know this would be the beginning chapter in my life, and hers, covering the next 60 years.

If it wasn’t for that blind date, Irma and I would never have known about the best retirement job ever. In a few words we met, were married a year later, raised four wonderful children and worked terribly hard to make a living. I left the navy and took over my dad’s business only to be wiped out by a fire a couple of years later. My trade as a watchmaker was on a road to oblivion as the digital watch age soon landed upon us. My trade was useless to me.

As the years went by, it became harder to find employment.

By the age of 55, we found ourselves reduced to planting trees for a reforestation outfit. It was tough even for the teenagers who had more stamina than us. I don’t know which was worse — the flies, heat, cold, stumps or rain! We worked really hard and finally, moved as far away as we could go from our home to Whitehorse in Canada’s Yukon Territory.

We bought a machine for cleaning ceilings and walls and managed to make a living. In the late fall, we decided to move to Vancouver for the winter rather than stay in the Yukon as winters are very cold and folks do not clean house until spring.

One day, with the temperature at -25 C and the wind howling, we walked the mile or so to town. To get there, we had to cross a bridge over the Yukon River. We entered the Whitehorse library to get some relief from the cold. I happened to scan the Vancouver newspaper want ads and saw this Ad, Caretakers Wanted and they would provide training! A light went on inside my head: Bingo! Finally, we felt we had found the best retirement job ever! We typed out a simple resume and mailed it out to six companies. We received five replies to come and see them when we arrived in Vancouver — Another bingo!

Now, you probably are not going to believe what we had to do to get there … that is a story in itself!

16 years experience went into our book.

  • Writing your resume
  • Finding a job
  • Job interview
  • Rental buildings
  • Condominiums
  • Daily routines
  • Waste management
  • Fixing things

Benefits you may receive such as;

  • Rent reduction
  • Working from home
  • Free parking, phones, cable, hydro,
  • Vacations
  • Stat holidays
  • Salaries
  • Dental

Once you have read CARETAKERS you will be ready to hit the job market.

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Caretakers-The Best Retirement Job Ever

Are You Able to Relate to This?

You search online for what retirement jobs may be available and more often than not you fail to qualify by being too old or under-qualified.

You land an interview and you never hear from them again. You know your age is throwing you a curve. So what are you going to do?

Chances are, you are long past the age to upgrade to a new skill. So now, where does that leave you? You still need money and your monthly income still comes up short of the total you need to balance your bank account.

Caretakers-The Best Retirement Job Ever is a book my wife and I wrote afterworking as Caretakers for over 20 years in the vancouver area of British Columbia. It was the most fruitful and enjoyable work we ever had done. We met hundreds of wonderful people along the way and made a financially rewarding living at the age when most people of our ages were long retired. The truth was that we did not have pensions enough to retire. Luckily being caretakers was the answer to our prayers.

Will you have enough income when you retire?

If not, what will you do? Where will the extra dollars come from? Are you ready to retire now? Or will retirement come when your company says so. The time to do something about your retirement is now, not when you are told the company is cutting staff. Today more than ever we must be proactive. If you find yourself suddenly are out of work, finding gainful employment will be that much harder. Perhaps you feel that your retirement income will be adequate, but a pension that is indexed more often than not cannot keep up with inflation and you discover your pension appears to be unable to cover all of your costs of living.

We Are All Getting On

Every day you awake to face the world you are one day older. One day away from that age of 50, 55, 60, or 75 when you are going to need more money each month.

This was the position we found ourselves in when the opportunity hit us like a ton of bricks! Our career as caretakers became our road to stability. Here is our story …

We both arrived on this planet in the middle of the Great Depression. I grew up in a small coal mining town in Nova Scotia and my wife, Irma, on a farm in New Brunswick. Irma was one of 12 children in the French area of the province where her father and mother scratched a living from the soil. They were hard workers but future prospects were not great. Irma first left home at the ripe, old age of 14 to work as a housekeeper, probably a sign of things to come.

My dad owned a small jewelry store where he earned a living repairing watches and clocks and tending to the needs and wishes of his customers. I had four siblings and my mom and dad provided for us well. I loved anything mechanical and left school at 15 to learn my trade with my dad as a jeweler/watchmaker. At 18, I left to join the Navy and see the world as life in the small town was not moving ahead.

While I sailed the ports of the world for a few years, Irma moved along in life finally working at Sears in Halifax, Nova Scotia where we then met and fell in love — which brings us to the next chapter in Caretakers-The Best Retirement Job Ever. A good friend of mine literally dragged me along as he had a real problem with “three’s a crowd”.

Be sure to read on as we explain how we discovered the wonderful world of Caretakers.

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16 years experience went into our book.

  • Writing your resume
  • Finding a job
  • Job interview
  • Rental buildings
  • Condominiums
  • Daily routines
  • Waste management
  • Fixing things

Benefits you may receive such as;

  • Rent reduction
  • Working from home
  • Free parking, phones, cable, hydro,
  • Vacations
  • Stat holidays
  • Salaries
  • Dental

Once you have read CARETAKERS you will be ready to hit the job market.

Jobs After Retirement

12,000 SEARS longtime employees lose their jobs.

SEARS to close 130 stores across Canada by December 2017 following the recent Target pull- out of 100 stores. Pearson to axe 3,000 jobs across USA. WILKO to cut 4,000 JOBS in UK. Every day we wake up to these kinds of headlines.

It almost seems that no job is safe these days. Ask yourself this question, AM I GOING TO BE NEXT?

If you are 50 or older you may now have a huge problem. Age discrimination is everywhere. Possibly a would-be employer will opt for a younger employee. The closer you are to 60, the harder it will be to find a job after retirement.

Cleaning Ceilings

My wife and I were 57 in 1993 and we needed jobs in the worst way. We were eight years from our old-age pensions. Our 12-year-old vehicle was on its last legs. We had invested nearly every penny of our savings on the purchase of a machine to clean ceilings and walls but we lived in Canada’s north where it was so cold that residents waited until a far-off spring to begin housecleaning. The questions we asked ourselves were: What are we going to do? How will we pay to put food on the table? How will we put gas in the vehicle?

Luckily, we found the world of Caretakers.

We didn’t know what the career, Caretakers, was but soon found out that caretakers is another word for apartment managers, condo managers and resident managers, and to us, that meant jobs after retirement!

We were trained on our first job and within a year we were earning $47,000 Including these benefits:
  • Dental care
  • Eyeglass care
  • Great salary
  • Work from home
  • Cell phones
  • Cable TV
  • Extremely reduced rent on a great apartment
  • Free parking
  • Vacations and 11 stat holidays
  • Free hydro

We were in seventh heaven. Best of all, the older we were was an asset. We soon found our co-workers were mostly 60, 70, and yes, 80 years of age!

We worked in the business for many years until a health problem occurred and caused me to retire — I was 77 at the time! Our boss didn’t want us to retire and offered to have a temp worker relieve us while I recuperated. We wanted to travel afterwards so we declined his generous offer and retired.

Our book, Caretakers, is meant to answer all the questions you may have if you are looking for the best job after retirement available today.

16 years experience went into our book.

  • Writing your resume
  • Finding a job
  • Job interview
  • Rental buildings
  • Condominiums
  • Daily routines
  • Waste management
  • Fixing things

Once you have read CARETAKERS you will be ready to hit the job market.

$6.99