Need help with a newly purchased house that needs A LOT of work - Please read fully - Zone 3 in London

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    Hello! We are a Canadian/American/British family living in Zone 4 (soon to be 3) in London. We've been here since January 2014 and are still getting our sea-legs but are loving it!

    We are in the process of buying a house in zone 3 that needs A LOT of work. We are hoping to have someone join our venture and just muck in where-ever needed. One day that might be ripping old carpet out, another day it might be taking the children to the playground and taking care of lunch for them, another day it might be clearing shrubs in the back garden, another day might be scrubbing years of neglect off a cupboard door prior to us moving in....

    We will be living in our current house for a bit and getting the new one ready for us to move into. Assistance with that process would be greatly appreciated (again with the above mentioned possible duties). The house we live in currently has a spare bedroom (right now housing some already-packed boxes in anticipation for the move) and a shared bathroom and the new house will have a spare bedroom and a bathroom mostly used by only you. The new house - is actually pretty old with outdated decor and an overgrown front and back garden. It does need a lot of work but we hope to do the most important stuff before we move in. It has a lot of potential to be the most amazing house ever, but it won't be that on day 1. :-)

    OUR CHILDREN:
    Eamonn is 5.5 and Maisie is 4.5. They are sweet natured, gentle little ones with an exuberance for life. We generally stay in our neighbourhood, visiting the parks and the libraries as well as the odd indoor play area now and then.

    We are hoping that you will want to spend some time observing how we interact with the children before stepping in and getting involved. We prefer a slow and gentle approach with the children. It's child-directed play and learning. I like to set up areas or situations for them to explore without scripting how they should play. Often this means that they play in ways that I would never have imagined. They figure out how to use an object in a way that I never would have thought. It's a joy to watch them learn all by themselves. We are hoping that you will be happy to take them to a playground and let them run wild, laugh, dance and be crazy, step in once in a while with suggestions and step back if they are happy with whatever they are doing. We'd love it if you would read, read, read and then read some more. We are hoping that you would be able to direct them to something when they seem bored or at odds with themselves and then stand back while they get engrossed with it. We LOVE being silly, jumping in mud puddles and changing the words to songs. And we sing - ALL. THE. TIME. :-) We are hoping that you are up for admiring the dress-up clothes and not laughing at their new attempts to dress themselves. We are hoping that you are willing to use positive language when showing them that they might need to change their shoes to the other foot instead of telling them that they are 'wrong'. (We say something along the lines of: You might find that your shoes are more comfortable if you try them on the other foot.) We are hoping that you will want to learn the language that we use with our children that is empowering and fosters pride in themselves.

    We're crazy like that. ;-)

    We LOVE music and dancing. Eamonn is figuring out the different sounds that he can make with different objects, including his own body (slapping his thighs, versus his chest or belly). Maisie loves to jump and often uses her newfound skill when dancing.

    Our current home is close to a large green space which offers quiet evening walks or simply kicking a ball around. We are 60-75 minutes (depending on the time of day) to the centre of London and everything that comes with that. We would encourage you to take advantage of it. We go as often as we can (with two little people that can be challenging at time). :-)

    Our new home is close to a couple of lovely green spaces and some basic shopping. It is 7 minutes to walk to a train that will get you to London Bridge station in 20 minutes, and another station that will get you to King's Cross/St. Pancras in 30 minutes.

    We speak both English (KC) and French (Alan) in the home. The children understand and can communicate in both languages. We are happy to help with learning English if that is what you wish.

    If there is anything else that you'd like to know about our family please ask!

    HOUSE GUIDELINES:

    You would be expected to participate in the preparation of the food (if you will be around to eat it) and the clean-up afterwards. This would NOT be considered part of your working hours - this is simply what it means to live in a home with others. If we go to a restaurant, you are welcome to join us but you will need to pay for your meal and drinks. Both Alan and I enjoy a glass of wine or beer in the evenings. We are happy to share but it would be nice if you were to bring a bottle to share, now and then, as well.

    We try to eat together and eat the same food - I DO NOT make special meals. We feel that children learn good eating habits by sitting with us and eating the same food that we do. The children are expected to try a small bite of new food and food that they don't necessarily like. The same is expected of everyone in the house.

    Picking up after yourself is obviously a requirement. In a house with two children, I can hardly manage to pick up after them and myself... I would rather not be picking up after you as well. :-)

    We do not wear shoes in the house. If you wish to have something on your feet, please bring slippers. Although, in the new house we will not really know the state of the flooring until we remove all of the carpeting, it may be that we where shoes in the new house. We shall see.

    We do not use profanity, for obvious reasons. Nor say stuff like "Oh my god!"

    We try as much as possible to conserve resources. We do not turn on the water and then walk away and simply let it run and run. :-/ When we are washing dishes, we will put HOT water in a tub rather than washing one at a time under running water. We then rinse the dishes under hot water to make sure that all grease and debris is gone. We turn the heat down at night and try to remember to turn off lights when we leave a room. Please answer this question when you send your application: Do you wash your dishes in hot or cold water?


    And now for the biggest one:

    We DO NOT LAUGH at the children's bad behaviour - EVER. If we find it funny (and often it really is) we smile inwardly to ourselves so that the children do not see it. Laughing at bad behaviour brings more bad behaviour - which we are obviously not interested in.

    Thank you for reading everything.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Babysitting / child care
    Cooking / shopping
    General Maintenance
    Help in the house
    Language practice
    Other

  • Help

    Help

    We are hoping for someone who is interested in doing some fun stuff with the kids, helping them with some 'messy play', crafts and fun stuff. We'd also love someone who is willing to pick up some of the cooking responsibilities every once in a while.
    We are in the process of buying a house that needs A LOT of work. We are hoping to have someone join our venture and just muck in where-ever needed. One day that might be ripping old carpet out, another day it might be taking the children to the playground and taking care of lunch for them, another day it might be clearing shrubs in the back garden, another day might be scrubbing years of neglect off a cupboard door prior to us moving in... Etc.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, French

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Our current home: We have a spare room just for you. :-) It is a large double room with a wardrobe. The main bath has a shower/bathtub and is shared with the family. The house is basic but comfortable.
    The new house: Will have a spare bedroom and a bathroom mostly used by only you. The house needs a lot of work but is functional. Some flexibility will be required.
    We have a bike for your use, provided you are not exceptionally tall. ;-)
    We are non-smokers and will only accept non-smokers. Thank you.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Our current home: There is a train station 1.5 miles away which goes directly into the heart of London and from there you can get to almost all of London's attractions, via the tube or even walking, if you are up to it. :-)
    The new home: Our new home is close to a couple of lovely green spaces and some basic shopping. It is 7 minutes to walk to a train that will get you to London Bridge station in 20 minutes, and another station that will get you to King's Cross/St. Pancras in 30 minutes.

    We have lived communally before and have loved it. We love the exchange of ideas and culture. We are travelers but aren't traveling right now so it's lovely to have the travelers come to us. It's also wonderful to experience London through other people's eyes.
    We've also been involved with Couchsurfing for a few years and have hosted close to 100 people for anywhere from 1 day to two weeks. We have been hosted ourselves in Canada, the US, Spain and more. We love the sharing community.
    We are the type of people to sit and have a drink in the evening while visiting but we do also enjoy quiet evenings engaged in our own activities, especially after a challenging day when needing a wind-down.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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