I first came to Cortona as a student in 1981 and fell in love with the town, the people and the Italian way of life. In 1982 I began a career as a journalist in London, but after a number of years decided that neither journalism or city life was for me.
When I first moved to Cortona in 1987, I taught English working for private language schools and local high schools. Following this, I taught English literature and current affairs in an American school in Arezzo. When the school closed in the mid-90’s I was introduced to the real estate business and discovered my niche.
I acquired experience and training with one of the first estate agencies in the world to market properties on-line, learning as much about computers as I did about property and restorations.
I set up HelpWorksItalia (HWI) in 2006 in order to fill the desperate demand from Cortona’s international community for a property management company. My intention for HWI was to help, not hinder which is why I offer straightforward services at realistic, affordable prices.
I provide practical and inexpensive caretaking solutions on the basis of an annual retainer fee. This includes the use of a client dedicated account for paying bills and bi-annual taxes In your absence I ensure that:
Should problems arise, they are dealt with.
Having been married for 20 years to Mario, a hands-on-builder, who speaks English fluently, I have acquired by default an exceptional team of people to work with (builders, carpenters, electricians, plumbers, decorators etc…).
With the professional expertise of my longstanding and efficient geometra (surveyor), I can organise permissions for small or large building jobs and see works through to their completion.
I also provide regular updates and photographs and can organise payment to the various contractors via the HWI client account.
Most importantly perhaps, this team of professionals I work with are always available to me for small jobs and especially emergencies.
This is an essential service which as a property manager enables me to provide assistance quickly and with little or no frustration!