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How to Land a job that comes with a free house!

Updated on June 23, 2017
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Bill Russo is featured in the film & TV show, The Bridgewater Triangle & has written several books (both fiction & non) on Amazon Kindle.

If this is you...Don't Worry, you don't have to be an expert. You will Learn.

Thousands of Jobs Available in Building Maintenance

Looking for a new home?

Looking for a new job?

Here’s the recipe for getting both in one neat little package.

Yes you can have your cake and eat it too.

Discover the world of maintenance. You can find a job that will give you a salary and a free apartment. There are other maintenance jobs where you will be given a free-standing full size home as part of your pay.

There are still other positions that will afford you the opportunity of working full time at your regular job, and part time in maintaining an apartment building, where you will live free and get a small salary.

If this idea sounds good to you, read on. There are many thousands of apartment buildings and complexes that want on site maintenance people and are willing to pay for it.

This is one field that has not been taken over by big business and still offers big rewards for the average Joe or plain old Jane.

The Top 5 Questions.

1. What will I have to do?

You will be charged with keeping the units in the best possible shape. Your duties could include painting, unclogging toilets, unsticking stuck Garbage disposers. Vacuuming and cleaning common ways, and a million other jobs large and small.

2. What if I don’t know how to unclog a toilet?

Most small repairs can easily be learned. If you don’t have a friend or family member to advise you, use the internet. From Hubpages and How To sites there are unlimited online resources to get you through any task.

3. What about big jobs like roof repairs, or heating system repairs?

You will not be expected or even allowed to do any jobs that require a license or great quantities of expertise. You will be expected to communicate the issues to management and you will then be directed to bring in contractors or to arrange some other solution.

If you are a licensed electrician, plumber or other type of tradesperson, you will certainly be able to easily get a maintenance job, and you may get bonus pay for advanced repairs and upgrades.

4. How can I get one of these jobs?

Begin with the help wanted section of your local newspaper. It’s still the best source of information for your community. Go through the classified carefully. Look not only for help wanted, but also at Apartment Buildings for Sale. The owners of buildings for sale may be doing some pre transaction upgrades and might need an extra hand.

5. Can I get this job without experience?

Yes you can. Start off with a smaller building, one that has a dozen units or less. They often cannot afford a full time person, but will give a free apartment in exchange for services. Think of it. You get your apartment free every month. No heating bills. No utility bills. How much will that save you?

If you are a returning vet or a non veteran soldier, almost everyone will give you a shot. Just get out there on knock on some doors. If they don’t have work at one building, ask them if they know anyone that needs help. If you are persistent, you will quickly land a maintenance job.

Do it full time. Do it part time. Do it while you are in college or university. Make a career of it. Graduate into the highly paid field of property management. The opportunities abound and they are there for you.

Get out, get looking, and get back to me when you land your first job.

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    • Billrrrr profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Russo 

      6 years ago from Cape Cod

      Thanks Aunt Jimi. I really appreciate the comment.

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      Aunt Jimi 

      6 years ago from The reddest of the Red states!

      This looks like a great vocation for a man, but even though there's no reason a woman couldn't do these things -- and some women would probably like to do them -- it's just not my cup of tea. A very good idea for some people and a way to get a roof over one's head as you say. I think there are probably a lot of jobs like this open because more and more people are forgetting (or not learning in the first place) how to do these things.

      Excellent hub for these hard times with the unemployment rate so high -- yes I know they say it's coming down but that's because only people collecting unemployment benefits are counted. The real unemployment rate is still probably at 15% or more.

      Voted up and useful!

    • Billrrrr profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Russo 

      7 years ago from Cape Cod

      Thankyou John, I sincerely appreciate that you took the time to read it. You also offer great advice.

      Somebody once told me, "Get a job. Any job and stay in it. Other jobs will be offered to you, because you already have a job. You can then pick and choose and keep getting better jobs." I believe it to be true.

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      John D Wilson 

      7 years ago from Earth

      Good post Bill,

      There are always ways to make money.

      Most people though cop out with the "I don't want to do that" and collect unemployment and food stamps. (or it's below their standards, or their too highly educated for "menial work", or any of a gazillion other excuses)

      Wise is the young person that takes your advice if they are not working.

      Good post, voted up.


      John D. Wilson

    • Billrrrr profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Russo 

      7 years ago from Cape Cod

      It really is that simple Sean. Somebody wanting to get into Building Maintenance can just scope out all the apartment units near them and knock on the doors. Get a resume ready and leave a copy everywhere. In a decent sized area there are always a few openings.

      After a layoff in the 1970s I had a gig like this for a few years. I got a free standing ranch house and a salary and had use of the Clubhouse, indoor pool, pool table, and other clubhouse equipment.

      The downside of the job is that you need to be onsite most of the time in case of a problem. Thirty years ago BC (before cellphones) that was much more of a concern than it is today.

      Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans get a lot of help from Uncle Sam. There are counsel people, people who recruit vets from a job bank, and various other programs available.

      The problem is many of these services are being used in great numbers by our older vets...but not the ones just coming back. Many of the young guys and gals sometimes need a year or more to calm down and get back to normal. The 21st. Century wars put an incredible mental strain on our military people. Some of them actually have to be isolated & treated for a time before they can go back to the civilian world.

      Sorry for the long answer. My son is a Sgt. First Class with almost 20 years in, and tours in both Afghanistan and Iraq. When he's not over there, he works back here trying to ease vets transition back into society.

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      sean kinn 

      7 years ago from Key West and Budapest

      OK, if I wasn't stuck riding trains and hanging out on European beaches where the "bikinis" are highly questionable, I would love to have a job like this (I framed houses when I was younger). Buncha questions, though: This sort of falls in line with the sage wisdom in 2012 What Color is your Parachute, in that, you have to get off your duff to get a job these days (duh). But my question is this: Is is that simple? Vets should just get out there and hit the pavement in their local areas until they run across one of these jobs?


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