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Ron Morgan of Ron Morgan Properties – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Open terrace, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe maximum cost for a housekeeper or a maid in Puerto Vallarta who comes every day would be approximately US $150 for a six-day week and that includes their lunches. On occasion, expats hire live-in maids for about the same rate, except you'll be furnishing them with living quarters and food.
 
The Mexican government has a set-up where the employer and government pay monthly shares into an insurance-type arrangement for employees called INFONAVIT where the employee has medical and retirement benefits as options. The amount paid by the employer is determined by the amount of money the maids are paid on a weekly or monthly basis depending on how their pay scale is set up.
 
Employees can use their INFONAVIT benefits to purchase a new, very nice, but simple government-subsidized house or property. The Mexican government has built very large complexes and the houses there are available almost as a shell for locals to buy. This is an option the locals can exercise; some do and some don't. 
 
Some expats will just hire on a cash basis and have the maids come in once or twice a week. Mexico is still very much a cash country. A maid who comes for six hours once a week would cost around $15 or $20 per visit. 
 
We still use a lot of dollar transactions because there are so many Americans and expats living in Puerto Vallarta. If you go to a village or a smaller town in Mexico,you would probably pay in pesos. 
 
The greater Puerto Vallarta area would include Neuvo Vallarta, Punta Mita, and in the south would go all the way down to Mismaloya. You've got a higher average income in Puerto Vallarta because of the tourist trade and the inflow of both Canadian and US dollars. All the locals are dependent on the tourist business, which is a large percentage of Mexico's economy.
 
(Open terrace, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, pictured.)
Paul Mayer of Vallarta Food Tours – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Paul Meyer with his baby on his Puerto Vallarta Food Tour, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingA housekeeper in the Puerto Vallarta area who works for about 6 hours a day usually charges around 250 pesos (US $14) per day. We have two housekeepers at home who both come four times a week in total, which means each of them comes in for two days and works for six to eight hours. We pay them around 40 – 50 pesos ($2 – $2.50) an hour, which is overpaying them a little bit since they’ve been with us for a long time.
 
We have two housekeepers because the first person we wanted to hire was already booked, and since we have two infants, we needed more help. We’ve had our housekeepers for seven years, so they’re part of the family. Our housekeepers are welcome to anything, like if I’m cooking and they’re still there at dinnertime, I cook for them. Just like in the States, I give them a Christmas bonus of 2,000 pesos (about US $100) each. Our housekeepers do a great job.   The kids love them, and they love the kids just as much.  
 
(Paul Meyer with his baby on his Puerto Vallarta Food Tour, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, pictured.)
Sheryl Novak of SOLutions Mexico Furniture Store – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Home in Puerto Vallarta – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe cost for a maid or cleaning service in Puerto Vallarta is generally 300 to 400 pesos (US$15- $20) a day. This includes doing the laundry, ironing, sweeping the floors, and general light housekeeping. For this amount, the housekeepers work for 6-8 hours per day. 
 
There are two options for hiring housekeepers in Puerto Vallarta: you can either hire somebody directly, or you can hire through an agency, in which case you will be paying more at about 400-500 pesos ($20 - $25). The good thing about hiring through an agency is that you won’t have to worry about any issues with the local employees, as there are certain requirements by law that you must follow if you hire somebody directly, regardless if they’re working full time, part time, or just occasionally.
 
(Pictured: home in Puerto Vallarta.)
Antonio Trejo of Guardian Insurance Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Kitchen in condo, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingI have housekeeper here in Puerto Vallarta and I pay her 300 pesos ($16) a day. She cooks and prepares food for two or three days.
 
My house is not that big, just an average or medium-sized house.  My housekeeper spends about 3 or 4 hours in my house but that includes the time she spends cooking, which could take a lot of time.
 
A housekeeper who works for expats, who usually live in a bigger place, would cost around US $15 to $20 a day. That’s what one of my friends who lives near Marina Vallarta (a nice, expat area), pays every time his housekeeper cleans his entire house. His house has three floors, which is big enough for a family of five. It has a backyard, front yard, and sometimes the housekeeper prepares food, too. The housekeeper spends about 3 or 4 hours a day at my friend’s house.  
 
(Kitchen in condo, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, pictured.)
Armando Contreras of Galvan Real Estate and Services – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Tile featured in a kitchen in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingA housekeeper’s salary in Puerto Vallarta could differ depending on the size of the house that she will tend to because of the length of time that it will take for her to clean it. The going rate is from US $9 to $18 per day. Housekeepers usually work 8 hours per day.  If you have a smaller house then you can negotiate for a lower amount for the daily wage. The same rate applies for the whole of Puerto Vallarta.
 
Housekeepers here do an excellent job as most of them have already worked in hotels. You don’t have to worry about hiring somebody who could have been fired from her previous job because most of them have decided to quit their jobs in the hotel since they couldn’t commit to a full-time 8-hour job because of their families. Many of these housekeepers have newer families and so they prefer to have a part-time job.
 
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