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Matthew Hoy of Pelican Properties – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Villa in a resort in Ambergris Caye, Belize – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe cost to get a housekeeper or a maid in Ambergris Caye depends on how frequently you would like to have the service.  If you are looking to have someone work for you weekly, a fairly average price is about US $25 for three hours’ worth of work.
 
Three hours is the average amount of time spent for cleaning but it could also depend on the size of the home and the amount of work that you will delegate to the housekeeper. If you are getting the housekeeper to work for you more frequently, you can negotiate an even more cost effective way of having your house taken care of on a weekly or a monthly basis. Generally, if you would like your house taken care of more frequently, you could pay around $12.50 on a per cleaning basis and the housekeeper will come to you house at the days when you want them to come and do the cleaning. You could even arrange for two people to do the cleaning for you for the same amount.
 
Generally speaking if someone has a villa, the owners build a caretaker cottage and hire a housekeeper who will live on the property full time or they will have someone check in on the property on a very frequent basis. There are also a certain number of companies that handle those types of services for homeowners. Typically, the housekeeper lives in the villa for free and that is a tradeoff. So the housekeepers will not make a lot of money but they do get a free place to live. They do house cleaning, grounds cleaning, security, etc. Their compensation depends on the arrangement that they agree with the homeowner but generally, they live in the villa for free and if the owner wants to give them something in addition to that, it can happen but otherwise, it is not expected.  
 
(Villa in a resort in Ambergris Caye, Belize, pictured.)
Josh Buettner of Ambergris Seaside Real Estate – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Beach front home in Ambergris Caye, Belize – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe cost to get a housekeeper in Ambergris Caye varies a little bit depending on what kind of employment you are providing.
 
If you are looking for a simple service a couple of times a week, the cost will vary from around US $12.50 to $25 per day. The cost will depend on the housekeeper’s level of experience in general and the level of “island experience,” which means if the cleaning person works for a certain number of expats, they will have experience dealing with expats, and so they are generally a little bit more expensive. 
 
A lot of the housekeepers here in Ambergris Caye also have cooking experience and can handle driving and shopping as well. Whether or not you use them for these tasks just depends on the level of trust that you put in them.
 
The higher-paid maids generally work for a lot of different people and have free access to your home. You will give them a key and they come in and go on their own.
 
(Beachfront home in Ambergris Caye, Belize, pictured.)
Bob Hamilton of Century 21 Coral Beach Realty – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Ambergris Caye, Belize house – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingYou can have a maid here in Ambergris Caye that would come to your house twice a week, for example. She would clean your house, do your laundry, etc. and you would pay around $100 BZ (US $50) per week.
 
So that is US $200 per month to have a housekeeper come to your house twice a week. She would even cook your food for you if you want her to. The housekeepers here in Belize do their jobs well. They cook well and they clean well.  
 
(House with the lagoon on two sides, Ambergris Caye, Belize, pictured.)
David Drummond of Georgetown Trust – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
You can have a housekeeper come over in Ambergris Caye depending on your lifestyle. For my 1,000 square foot home, I pay our housekeeper $20 a day. We have her once every 2 weeks, but some people have a cleaning lady every week and some people have a cleaning lady every few days. The price I pay includes cleaning the windows, mopping, etc., and it takes her about 4 hours. She does a really fantastic job.
 
You have to train the housekeepers to do what you want them to do. Once they understand what it is that you want cleaned and how you want things done, you do not have to tell them again. For example, you have to tell them to look up, because they tend to look down. There is always a ton of sand that comes into the houses here in Ambergris Caye, so you have to sweep the floors quite a bit. Generally, you begin to have a relationship with the person cleaning your house for you and then they begin to understand what it is that you want cleaned.

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