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Karen Herrtwich of S&S Auto – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
House and garden in Chapla, Lake Chapala, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe cost of getting a housekeeper or a maid is typically a little higher in Chapala and Ajijic compared to most areas in Mexico because of the influx of Americans and Canadians. Housekeepers in this area will generally charge 40-50 pesos (US $2 – US $2.50) an hour. Although it is very economical, I find this price range on the high side, because if you go to small or rural towns in Mexico, the housekeepers will most likely charge less. Some housekeepers in the Ajijic area will even ask for more, like 60 pesos (US $3) an hour. 
 
If you have a housekeeper who works full time, then you will be able to get a better hourly rate, similar to having a gardener whom you pay $60 pesos or more  (US $3.00 or more) an hour.  If you have this gardener working full time or 40 hours a week, you’ll pay less. 
 
We have a big yard in Chapala. My gardener comes in Mondays through Saturdays and works from 9 AM – 3 PM, 36 hours a week. Typically, like many gardener & maids, he can still go to other people's homes to some work in the afternoon and improve his income.  
 
(House and garden in Chapala, Lake Chapala, Mexico, pictured.)
Flip Nicholson of Fenix Real estate – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Home with pool by the guest quarters, Ajijic, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingIn two weeks, for 6 days a week, my gardener makes 750 pesos (US $35). The maid works for 4 - 5 hours every day, 5 days a week, and makes 700 pesos ($33) a week. 
 
When I first moved to the Lake Chapala area, I remember it took me several minutes to get used to someone else mowing the lawn. I could sit on the terraza or terrace, watch my gardener Memo go back and forth with the lawnmower, and even point out a spot he missed. 
 
If I were to cut corners, it wouldn’t be the gardener and the housekeeper, because 1) we need to employ them; and, 2.) they’re very devoted. We’ve had our gardener with us for over 18 years, and we’ve had our maid for 15 years. Why would you want to get rid of that? I love having them.  
 
People in the US will say, “I don’t want to have a pool, it requires too much maintenance.” I haven’t done anything to the our pool, and it’s perfect every day. My gardener takes care of the garden and of the pool, and all I have to do is jump in the pool, and I enjoy it all.
 
Our Golden Retriever uses our pool more than anyone else. I taught her as a pup how to climb out using the ladder, which is hilarious to watch. She’ll jump in to do a few laps, get back up climbing up the ladder, and shake off.  
 
(Home with pool by the guest quarters, Lake Chapala, Mexico, pictured.)
Magy Carmona of MAKEITCA$H – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Garden in Ajijic, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingTo get a housekeeper in Chapala and Ajijic, it costs 250 pesos (US $12), which a reasonable payment for a housekeeper to clean your place for 4-6 hours. That’s standard. They usually charge Americans 50 pesos (US $2.41) an hour. 
 
The rates for a gardener in Chapala and Ajijic depend on the time of the day, because they work in different houses, so sometimes they don’t have a very tight schedule. Gardeners get paid weekly depending on the size of the garden. Their rates go from 500 pesos to 1,000 pesos (US $24 – $48).
 
I have a gardener, and for the 4,000 meters that I have (about an acre total), I pay him 1,500 pesos (US $72) per week. For that he comes every day and takes care of a lot of things. In the street where I live, I own two houses, and each house has 2,000 square meters, and he takes care of both houses. He’s like a handyman in the houses, and he also comes to the bazaar to help.  
 
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Andrew McFarlane of Muebles NOMAD (Nomad Furniture) – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Art available at Andrew McFarlane's furniture store,Lake Chapala,  Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingYou can find a good housekeeper in Chapala and Ajijic and pay a normal rate from 200 up to 350 pesos (US $11 to $19) a week which would give you a day or two of help. Getting referrals from a person living locally is often considered the best way to do this.  
 
There are many well-experienced housekeepers in the lake area who are very capable of taking great care of you house and also your pets when you are on vacation or out of town. There are also a few home management companies.  If you are going to be gone for 6 months it is possible that your housekeeper can pay accounts, arrange minor repairs to be done, live in or visit daily to take care of pets or put lights on and off. 
 
Our family housekeeper has worked with us for years.  She sometimes enjoys a beer at the end of the day if I am home having lunch we sometimes sit together and have some time to chat.  She is a great lady and her help makes a big difference to me.  You should have a legal contract for your housekeeper so she can make use of the government benefits. A local lawyer can easily and inexpensively make a contract for you. Many people at the lake do however have house staff and do not have contracts. They pay every week in cash. Social Security is normally 30% on top of the salary you pay, which includes IMSS (health), Infonavit, etc.
 
(Art available at Andrew McFarlane's furniture store, Lake Chapala, Mexico, pictured.)
Mirna Segura of Ajijic Rentals – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Rental that allows dogs, Ajijic, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingHousekeepers in Chapala and Ajijic charge between 45 to 55 pesos an hour ($2.50 to $3 an hour). How long they stay in your house depends on you but in general, housekeepers spend about 4 hours to clean a medium-sized house, and they do a good job. 
 
There are times when the homeowners need to go on vacation, for example, and they want the housekeeper to stay in their house while they are gone. Usually if you want a housekeeper to look after your house, people pay around 200 pesos or 300 pesos per day ($11 to $17 per day) if the housekeeper needs to feed the dog or the cat. For staying in the house while they are gone, some people would pay more or on top of what they pay their housekeepers for cleaning and some wouldn’t.
 
(Rental that allows dogs, Ajijic, Mexico, pictured.)
Rosa Elia Cepeda of Charter Club Tours – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Casa Sofisticado, Ajijic, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingWe used to stay in a house that was owned by a foreigner who had a housekeeper come to the house to clean, and this foreigner set the price  that was paid. We paid her US $20 per day for 4 hours of work, which is the amount usually paid by gringos here in Chapala and Ajijic for their housekeepers.
 
Mexicans won’t pay that much for a housekeeper. I personally do not have a maid because our house is small so we do everything. However, the average going rate paid by Mexicans for housekeepers is 50 to 60 pesos ($2.50 to $3) per hour. There is a wide range of prices as it depends on the size of your house and what you want the housekeeper to do but the highest that I know anyone to pay was that $20 per day, which was the amount that we were paying at the gringo house we used to stay in. 
 
People usually recommend their housekeepers to their friends and they have arranged prices. Sometimes the maid is almost considered a part of the family because they help the family for many years. Because of the amount that the tourists pay their maids, in some cases it has become too expensive for the average Mexicans to be able to afford a maid. In the past, we were able to afford maids at a lower cost, before there were a lot of tourists in Chapala and Ajijic. The same is true in other parts of Mexico where there are not as many tourists.
 
(Casa Sofisticado, Ajijic, Mexico, pictured.)
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Luzma Grande of Ajijic Concierge Services – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Living room witha brick  boveda, a vaulted ceiling, Lake Chapala, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingFor a maid, you would usually pay 50 pesos per hour (about US $3) and they work for 4 hours a day. They could come and work for 4 hours in the morning and 4 hours in the afternoon if that is what you prefer. They could also come once or twice a week or whenever you need them. This is a special price for Ajijic. The gringo community has created special prices here that are usually higher than in other places in Mexico. My mother would pay 1,000 pesos per week (US $55) for a girl who stays with her the whole day and works for 6 days.  
 
(Living room with a brick  boveda, a vaulted ceiling, Ajijic, Mexico, pictured.)
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Flowers covering a window in Guadalajara, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingUsually, you can get a housekeeper for US $10 per day in Chapala and Ajijic for an 8-hours day, but I pay a little bit more.
 
I have a housekeeper who cleans my two and a half bedroom apartment in Guadalajara who I pay US $11.25 for 4 hours of work. I pay as much as I do because she travels a long distance. It takes her an hour to get to my residence by bus and an hour to get back. When you find somebody who is honest thus far and you want to keep them moral and honest, you pay them a little bit more.
 
The local pay rate in Guadalajara is around $2.25 for 8 hours of work; it’s probably even less in the Chapala area.
 
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