Estate/Private Service

Updated on November 23, 2020

During the Coronavirus epidemic:

We hope this finds you safe and healthy as the Coronavirus pandemic seems to be tapering off in Michigan. At this time our staff is working both in the office and remotely. When in the office, we are taking all the necessary precautions to be certain that our staff and any visitors are comfortable in a safe and clean environment. Please do not visit our office at this time without an appointment.

Several of our clients are still interviewing virtually at this time (via Skype, Zoom, Facetime, etc.). We encourage you to send your resume now if you have not done so yet so that we can be in touch if we have an employer who may be interested in meeting with you in person or remotely. If we do not have an appropriate opportunity available presently, we will keep your information on file for future reference. We have already received several new opportunities to fill and we anticipate many more, exciting openings as we’ve heard that many employers are ready to make changes and upgrades.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.


For 25+ years, Harper Associates has placed numerous private chefs, house managers, housekeepers, etc. for many executive families in the metro Detroit area and Florida.

We are currently representing several excellent chefs who are available immediately to work for a family exclusively on a permanent or temporary basis. They are all ServSafe trained with great cooking skills and experience; most have culinary degrees. Due to the impact the Coronavirus is having on the hospitality industry, many of these Chefs have recent backgrounds in very well-respected restaurants. If you hire a Chef, they would handle all grocery shopping and food preparation. They can cook meals in your home and also serve and clean-up or they can prepare your meals off- premise and drop them off if desired. Most of these chefs are very adept at accommodating special dietary regimens as well.

These Chefs are typically seeking $30/hr.-$40/hr. for their time plus the cost of groceries.

For more information, please contact Ben Schwartz - 248-737-0431 -


Harper Associates handles many exclusive domestic staffing assignments for prominent executive families. Recent experience in luxurious private residences, along with outstanding references from previous employers are required for consideration.



Lovely, elderly lady needs a female to assist her with daily activities, medication reminders, meal prep, light housekeeping and laundry, transportation for appointments, outings, etc.. This is a live-in position, Friday 8pm through Monday morning at 8am. Previous companion/caregiving experience required. Great wages!

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Start January 4, 2021

Friendly, working professionals are seeking a loving, long term nanny to assist with the care of their two children, ages 10 months and 2.5 years old.  Full-time hours are Monday-Friday, approximately 7:45am-5:30pm but flexibility will be needed for early starts or late days. Must be familiar with age appropriate activities for two fun and energetic kids. Other responsibilities will include driving, laundry for the children, simple dinner prep for the family and play dates. Ability to travel with the family or be available for occasional weekend date nights would be a bonus. Great wages!

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Immediate full-time opportunity available: Experienced housekeeper is needed to maintain an executive's home. Must have experience in a large, luxury home, doing housekeeping, laundry, helping with parties, packing for travel, etc. Non-smokers only. Live-in is required, accommodations are only available for one individual, no children, pets, allowed. Only local candidates will be considered for this immediate opportunity.

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In search of an exceptional, professionally trained Estate Housekeeper with extremely high quality standards. Will be expected to clean a magnificent home with high end furnishings, artwork etc.. In addition, the Housekeeper will do laundry and ironing, purchase supplies, run errands and coordinate vendors. Must have recent experience working in a formal, luxury home along with accompanying references when requested.

$60,000-$65,000 plus benefits!

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Sunday-Thursday, Hours: 3:00 or 3:30pm to 6:30 or 7:00pm

Searching for a warm and friendly family chef with culinary credentials to assist with cooking dinner and lunches/snacks for next day. Prefer candidate with Vegan cooking experience, spa cuisine, along with baking experience.

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Wonderful family with young children is seeking a kind, friendly and organized Housekeeper/House Manager who enjoys wearing many hats. Housekeeping, laundry (no ironing) and household duties will consume approximately 70% of the time. This individual must also be very comfortable with childcare, as they will also serve as a back-up to the full-time Nanny ~30% of the time. Other responsibilities will include grocery/supply shopping (not during COVID), coordinating vendors/service personnel, internet research, online ordering, walking dog (80 lbs.), transporting children and cooking some basic meals. Must be computer savvy and be able to email and text for communication. Hours are typically Monday-Friday, 9am-6pm, however, someone able to stay later as needed would be ideal. This individual must have the ability to adjust their daily routine to accommodate parents working remotely from home. Only those seeking a long-term opportunity will be considered. Great wages plus benefit package!

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Family with two young children (under the age of 4) is seeking a nanny who is able to live-in from Dec.1, 2020-March 1, 2021 due to COVID and then work full-time, live out beginning in March.

We are in search of a nanny who is creative and energetic and is accustomed to handling meal prep and laundry for the children. Great wages.

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Executive family seeks Private Chef who has previous experience as a private or personal chef. Monday – Friday hours. 

The Chef will plan, cook and grocery shop for all meals with a healthy focus. In addition, the Chef will be responsible for meals when the family is entertaining guests for both small and large events. Hours are typically Monday-Friday approximately noon until 8pm with only occasional weekends but requires someone who is willing to accommodate changing needs. The Chef will travel with the family to Florida on occasion for up to two weeks at a time during the winter season. Culinary degree strongly desired. Non-smokers only need apply. All inquiries will remain confidential. This is an immediate, live-out opportunity for local candidates or those already in the process of moving to SE Michigan. Excellent Salary and Benefits

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Involves travel!

Very active family is seeking an outstanding Chef to work in their various residences and sometimes provision their motor coach, aircraft and watercraft in other locations. A creative Chef with a fun personality who is adventurous about offering new ideas and dishes that will allow the family to discover worldwide taste sensations would be welcomed. The position is full-time, year round, however, the employer tries to be respectful of the Chef’s personal time. The Chef will plan, shop and prepare meals for family and guests in a home midway between formal and informal. Another staff member will assist with serving and clean-up. 

The family is in search of a very innovative Chef who has expertise providing high quality, nutritious meals. Must be able to accommodate special dietary needs including gluten free, dairy free and Pritikin regimen. Must be adept at keeping refrigerator, pantry and wine cellar well stocked. The selected Chef should be extremely focused on food safety and sanitation and have the ability to maintain a spotless kitchen. Many meals at home will be intended for husband and wife, while others will include a few other family members. The Chef will also be asked to prepare buffet dinners for larger groups of family and friends. These are typically less formal and the Chef can engage and/or entertain guests during the cooking process. In addition, this position will involve catering for corporate office meetings. The Chef will be expected to travel between properties (Northern Michigan, Florida, Canada). A Chef with a hospitable, personable, service oriented attitude will be most successful in this role. $80,000-$85,000 plus benefit package including 4 weeks of PTO.

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Executive family is seeking a highly skilled professional who takes pride in their work.  This is a full-time position, Monday through Friday, 40 hours/week, 8 hours/day.  Position involves all aspects of detailed housekeeping, laundry, ironing and other household tasks in a beautiful, large home.  Will also help with some food preparation, grocery shopping and special projects.  We are looking for someone who is able to stay late or work extra hours to serve and set-up when the family is entertaining guests.  Prior experience using a mangle, press and steamer would be ideal.   References from past private homeowners will be required. Excellent salary plus benefit package!

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Must enjoy travel!  If you are a Middle/High School teacher searching for a career transition, this may be the job you’ve been waiting for! Exceptional, unique, full-time opportunity available! Prominent family is seeking a dynamic Educator/Role Model for their adolescent son. The child will be attending private school virtually, so the Nanny/Educator will be involved with homework and many other activities. The family is searching for someone with a Bachelor’s degree or higher who would enjoy mentoring and serving as a role model on a one-on-one basis. Teaching background would be ideal. Willingness to participate and support sports and physical activities would be a plus. We are looking for someone who takes initiative and has a very enthusiastic, engaging, motivating personality. Luxury travel will be involved (private aircraft) and may even be away for several months at a time since the child will be attending school remotely.  Full-time hours will be guaranteed, however, the family will need complete flexibility, especially on evenings, weekends and for the ability to travel. Generous salary and perks commensurate with experience! Non-smokers only need apply.  The family is seeking local candidates or those with ties to the area able to relocate quickly.

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We are seeking a great housekeeper or couple able to handle full scale housekeeping along with some exterior maintenance (i.e. power washing, clean deck, garage, etc.). Work two full days/week or a couple work two half days/week simultaneously. Excellent wages. Ideal start date may be January 2021.

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Prominent suburban Detroit area family seeks talented Chef with an extremely friendly and flexible attitude who will offer invisible service. Will handle grocery shopping, food preparation, menu planning and serving meals for a family with various food preferences including organic. The family enjoys healthy, fresh, creative meals. This is a full-time opportunity, typical schedule will be Tuesday through Saturday, preparing lunches and dinners and keeping a well-stocked inventory of foods. Will report to an Estate Manager. Culinary degree preferred along with previous experience as a Private Chef. $85K-$125K plus benefits. Our client prefers candidates already in Michigan or with ties to the area.

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Family seeks motivated, self-directed Housekeeper to work Monday and Thursday, 9am-2pm.

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Newly created opportunity for a private service professional with the ability to wear many hats. The individual we are seeking has experience handling wardrobe, valet, serving meals, packing for travel, driving etc..

The selected candidate will be a team player with a very service oriented demeanor. This is a full-time position intended for someone interested in a long term career and able to travel as needed. $55,000-$60,000 plus 401K and other great benefits!

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Plymouth family is seeking an experienced Housekeeper to handle all cleaning and laundry on a long term basis. Will work Mondays and Thursdays (may be flexible), 8 hours each day. Requires experience working in a large, luxury home with accompanying references. 

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Lovely, mature couple seeks personable and flexible Chef to prepare their meals while they are in Florida for the winter season (late December-April). The principals consider themselves simple eaters however they often require separate meals based on their limitations/preferences. Position requires a Chef who is familiar with various dietary restrictions including low sodium, vegetarian, dairy and gluten free. Organic, free range, antibiotic free foods are preferred. Due to COVID, guests will be limited to a small group. The Chef will plan, shop and prepare meals and also clean up afterwards. Some advance food preparation for days off is desired. 5 day week will include one weekend day, ~40 hrs./week. Virtual interviews will be conducted immediately; tasting and position will begin in mid-December. Excellent wages!

Non-smokers only please. Local candidates preferred.

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Luxury estate requires the expertise of a highly skilled, professional trained Executive Housekeeper. This is a live-out, full-time, year round position, although the principals typically only reside in the residence on and off from December through April. Hours will fluctuate with greater expectations when the family is in residence and a lighter schedule when they are out of town.

The Executive Housekeeper will be held accountable for:

  • All facets of housekeeping in this formal, 8000 sq. ft. residence.
  • Laundry and ironing clothing and linens
  • Overall organization including, but not limited to, pantries, cabinets, closets, etc..
  • Polishing fine surfaces (i.e. china, brass, silver, crystal, marble..)
  • Household inventories and purchasing of food and supplies
  • Light cooking (breakfast, salads, fruit and veggie plates, etc.)
  • Table settings and serving at dinner parties
  • Running errands
  • Other household tasks as needed or requested
  • Extending hospitality to guests
  • Coordinating vendors
  • Receiving calls, mail, packages and visitors
10+ years of estate housekeeping experience, along with accompanying references when requested, are required for consideration. We are seeking a hands-on professional with great organizational and time management skills who understands confidentiality and discretion.  Must have strong grasp of the English language and has US work authorization.

Outstanding salary and benefits will be offered to the selected Housekeeper.  Local candidates preferred for this immediate opportunity.

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Exciting newly created opportunity!

Active family is seeking a talented and flexible Chef who can work in a live-out position in Palm Beach and move to the Hamptons for a live-in situation during the summer season. Accommodations for one individual will be provided in the Hamptons. The Chef will primarily cook dinners and prepare meals in advance for lunches and snacks. Will also plan meals and shop for groceries and other supplies, etc. We are looking for an extremely adaptable Chef who welcomes the idea of handling other responsibilities such as driving to airport, running errands, etc.. Typical schedule will be 3-4 days/week (~32 hrs./week), hours may vary. Culinary degree preferred along with recent experience as a Private Chef working for a family/executive on a long-term basis. Current or previous employment as a Private Chef in Palm Beach is advantageous. Non smokers only need apply. References and background check will be required.

$90,000-$100,000 plus full benefit package.

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Mature couple is seeking an experienced Housekeeper/Cook who is able to work in Florida during the winter season (~six months/year) and reside in Michigan (suburban Detroit area) the other six months of the year. Accommodations will be provided in both areas. Must have housekeeping and cooking experience in an upscale home and enjoy assisting when the couple entertains. We are seeking candidates already living in the metro Detroit or South, Florida regions. Non-smokers only please. Requires good English communication skills.

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Lovely, young family in the Miami area is seeking an experienced live-in Housekeeper.   In addition to maintaining the home, the position will also involve cooking and a few hours/week of childcare (infant and toddler).  We are seeking local candidates.  Accommodations available for one non-smoking individual, no children or pets.  Must be able to communicate in English and be legal to work in U.S. $50,000-$55,000.  

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Other positions may be available; many of our clients prefer to keep their vacancies confidential. If you have experience in a large private residence and accompanying references and you are targeting a move to Michigan, please send your resume and let us know when/where you plan to relocate.

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    • Harper Associates Executive Residence positions include:

    • Estate Managers

    • Estate Housekeepers

    • Butlers

    • Private Chefs/Personal Chefs

    • Nannies

    • Laundresses

    • Chauffeurs

    • Maintenance Coordinators

    • Executive/Personal Assistants

    • Domestic Couples

Harper Associates

31000 Northwestern Hwy,

Suite 240,

Farmington Hills, MI 48334

Phone. 248-932-1170

Fax. 888-737-8525





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