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John Acott of RE/MAX Belize Property Center – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Home at Better in Belize Eco Village – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingI think Mark is a very generous person and I may come looking for a job soon.
 
I'm more in line with Shannon and I pay my cleaner US $20 a day and she cleans my house and does all of my ironing, etc.
 
I'm a single, tidy guy and she only comes once a week.
 
(Pictured: Home at Better in Belize Eco Village.)
Jestine Dawson of AQ Belize Car Rental – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Villa with a pool in Ambergris Caye, Belize – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingTypically, if you have a two-bedroom house, a housekeeper would charge you around US $25 a day. The housekeeper won’t necessarily stay in your house for 8 hours but she will stay until all the chores for the day are done.
 
The housekeeper will do all the cleaning, the laundry, tidy things up, and other things that you may want to delegate. If you find somebody who moves fast, she could be done with all the chores in just 5 hours. 
 
If you want to get somebody to do the housekeeping on a long term basis, where she would come in every day and spend 8 hours a day to clean your house, it costs around $74 to $100 per week. How good they do their job would depend on the skill level of the person.
 
(Villa with a pool in Ambergris Caye, Belize, pictured.)
Karen Wilkinson of Corozal Belize Properties – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Sunset in Corozol, Belize – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingTo the best of my knowledge, where I live in the Corozal District in the northernmost district of Belize, the average rate for a housekeeper is $40 Belize or US $20 for about 6 hours. This would typically be for working from 8 AM to 2 PM. Most houses can be completely cleaned in that time.
 
For a gardener, the going rate is about $50 Belize or US $25 a day and those guys you can just turn them loose; most of them are geniuses.
 
(To the right is a picture of the sunset in Belize, which you can enjoy instead of cleaning your house.)  
Phil Hahn of Carmelita Gardens – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
kitchen cottage – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingTypically, if you pay a housekeeper or a maid in Belize US $15 for a day, that is about average. We have a housekeeper who comes in once a week. We have a 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom house and she does all of the cleaning in the house, all the laundry, and she will do additional things that you need done such as pressing clothes or washing dishes in the kitchen, or whatever needs to be done. We pay here really well at $25 for the day. That is considered generous. We are very pleased with her and we just think that is fair.
 
We live in San Ignacio, out in Western Belize in what’s called the Cayo District, but the cost to get a housekeeper is pretty much the same in most in Belize. When you get out to the more touristy areas and on the islands or on the coast, you might see that rate go up a little bit and if you are out in some of the more remote areas, the rate will go down. If you used $15 as a baseline, that is a pretty good number.
 
(Multi-use room in cottage at Carmelita Gardens along the Belize River, Belize, pictured.)
Jaseth Bassaragh of The Alpha & Omega Group – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize chicken drop game – Best Places In The World To Retire – International Living
Typically, people in Belize do a day’s work for about US $27.50 per day, depending on your location, of course. If you are in San Pedro or Placencia, it could cost you about $37.50. But for Belize City, Belmopan and in the rural areas, it’s about $27.50 a day.
 
If that all you need is for the gardener to come to your house only once, that is the rate. If you wanted to hire the help for a couple days or a week, the more days you take them, the lower the rate will be.
 
I wouldn’t say they spend a total of 8 hours because I think that is totally unreasonable to have somebody in your house for 8 hours, but you could be looking at anywhere from 4 to 6 hours.
 
(Local women watching the "chicken drop" game in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize, pictured.) 
Mark Leonard of Paradise Found Belize Real Estate and Development – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
fry jack and Belize breakfast – Best Places In The World To Retire – International Living

A housekeeper in Belize costs about US $70 or $140 Belize a week. Based on your schedule, they can arrive as early as 6:30 in the morning and will prepare breakfast for the kids before going off to school. They will also prepare lunch and depending of you needs may get things ready for dinner. That might cost $30 more only as that will be a 12 or 14-hour day.  

Housekeepers traditionally work 6 days a week with one day off. They should get overtime but most people in Belize don’t pay their workers overtime. You should. 

It is possible to have housekeepers live with you. We had that situation recently and we provided their meals as well as accommodations. We took off $50 Belize (US $25) a week. So it works out to $90 Belize (US $45) a week, with a place to stay and their meals.  

If you want to hire a housekeeper on a daily basis, usually a daily rate is about $40 Belize. 

 
(Traditional  Belizean breakfast with eggs, refried beans, star fruit and fry jack, a type of  fried bread, pictured.)
Shannon Davies of El Rey Hotel / Belize Travel Services – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
If you were looking for a full time housekeeper or maid in Belize, it would cost about $18 a day on the mainland.
 
If people want the housekeeper to come in just once a week and do a lot of work crammed into one day, then they pay a little more – around $25- $30.
 
On Ambergris Caye it would be around $25 a day for full time housekeepers.
Jim Hardesty of TropicChoice Properties & Investments, Ltd. – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
One of the greatest things about living in Belize is being able to have affordable domestic help!
 
A housekeeper will typically cost US $20-25 for a full day of work.  You might pay a little more in tourist areas or offer a little more if she’s an especially good cook!
 
Your housekeeper will clean your house, wash windows, do laundry, shine your shoes, cook meals, and even go shopping or do errands. 
 
Depending upon your lifestyle or and the size of your house, you may not need a housekeeper to come more than once or twice per week.  So, consider that for as little as $80-100/month, you might never need to do housecleaning again!
 
If you opt for a full time housekeeper, you will essentially get a maid, cook, housesitter, babysitter, secretary and companion for just US $500-600/month.
 
You will also be involving yourself in the local community and will probably be invited to participate in important events in your housekeeper’s family life, like weddings, birthdays and quinceaneras.
Macarena Rose of Rainforerst Realty – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
San Ignacio, Belize house by bridge – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingHaving a housekeeper in Belize is different than what many people are used to. To get a housekeeper, it is going to cost you around US $15 to $25 per day.  The housekeeper comes in the morning and leaves at around 4 or 5 PM. They will clean the windows, clean the house, iron clothes, cook meals, go shopping with you, run your errands, and do everything that you could possibly ask someone that was really, truly coming to help you.
 
If you are on the island and you are looking for a housekeeper, you might pay $5 to $10 more to get someone who will be there all day long.
 
(San Ignacio, Belize house by bridge pictured.)
Apolo Caliz of Boris Mannsfeld & Associates – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
The cost for a housekeeper or a maid in Belize is between US $100 – $150 weekly.
 
Our minimum wage in Belize is about BZ $2.65 (US $1.33).  Our workweeks are 45 hours long. If a housekeeper or a maid was paid minimum wage for a week, that would come to about US $60. However, in Placencia one would not be able to survive at that wage, because rent alone is about US $50 / week. 

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