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Warren Jorgenson – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
I am wondering how many of you have changed the way you are treating your house cleaner (maid) now that the new labor law has reclassified them as EMPLOYEES?  Did you create a labor contract with them?  Are you now paying their Social Security and IMSS and the rest of the required items?
Cathie Smith LoCicero of Cathie Smith Insurance – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Condos next to the lighthouse in Cabos , Mexico  – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingI live in a condominium complex in Cabo San Lucas. I pay my housekeeper 400 pesos (US $22) a day and I have her come three days a week for at least four hours per day. My condominium is about 2,000 square feet. 
 
Generally, in Mexico, we don't pay by the hour. We pay by the job so if my housekeeper is finished early, she can leave earlier. If she needs to stay later, she stays later and finishes everything.
 
The rates for maids in Cabo San Lucas are the highest in the state of Baja California Sur, most likely even higher than what they would be paying just next door in San Jose del Cabo. The reason that it's higher is not that the maids have asked to be increased at the start of their work contract, but because the lady employers pay them more, and so the maids just expect to get what the girl next door is getting. It has gone up over the years.
 
I used to pay 200 pesos ($11) per day in 2010. Now I pay 400 pesos ($22) a day. It's just the standard that is set not by the maids, but by the ladies in the community paying that much.
 
(Condos next to the lighthouse in Cabos San Lucas , Mexico, pictured.) 
Ana Maria Carranza of Diamante Associates – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Kitchen in home, La Ventana, Baja California Sur, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingI live in La Ventana (a small fishing village 40 minutes south of La Paz), and in this area, you can get a housekeeper to clean for you for about 70 pesos (around US $4) an hour.
 
Not very many people here have a housekeeper from Monday through Friday. They usually just get one for a day to come in for 3 or 4 hours and clean. What a lot of people will do here is they’ll have them clean the house before they arrive, which, after the whole summer season will require a deep cleaning. This deep cleaning will run you probably 1,000 to 1,500 pesos ($55 to $80) for a standard three-bedroom, two-bathroom house. They will wash all the towels, sheets, etc., since the house has been empty for several months.
 
La Paz has a higher rate so getting a housekeeper there would cost you from 100 to 120 pesos ($5.50 to $6.50) per hour. Just like everything, there are some housekeepers who aren’t going to do a good job and there are some that will.
 
(Kitchen in home, La Ventana, Baja California Sur, Mexico, pictured.)
Victoria Moate of Close It Fast – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Loreto. Baja California, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingMarina in Cabo San Lucas, Baja California, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingOn an average, you can have a housekeeper to come in once a week for about US $10. We just moved to a new place and we had somebody come over and clean the place from top to bottom and she charged us $25 for the day plus we gave her a tip. She was probably at our place for a good 5 hours. She did everything from washing windows to cleaning floors. She did everything because we wanted it more than just broom cleaned when we moved out. Generally, $10 would handle maintenance cleaning. The $25 that we paid our maid was a big power clean. She did a wonderful job.
 
Some people have a misconception that Mexico is dirty, but it’s not. I have been so impressed with Cabo San Lucas and the way that the stores and streets are maintained. People keep their houses nice and clean. The children are always beautifully dressed in their school uniforms to go off to school. It is not like the old concept of Mexico. Mexicans really take pride in how they live and that is one of the things that I can say about this area overall. When you go to La Paz, you will find that it is a beautiful, clean city. The malecon, which is the equivalent of our boardwalk, is all tiled and it’s beautiful as it goes along the bay.
 
Mexicans clean so thoroughly that I can’t even clean as well as they do. Every single day, you will see Mexicans come out to scrub the sidewalks in front of their stores. They literally wash them down every single morning. You will see them out there with buckets, scrubbing the front of their stores. But just like anywhere else in the world, there are places in Mexico where you will see no one taking care of the area as much.
 
In the Mexican neighborhood where I used to live, people didn’t really use trashcans, so they just put their bags out and so when the dogs and cats get into the trash, it is up to the garbage collector to scoop all that mess up. But for the houses that had trashcans, it wasn’t a problem. That is just more of a cultural thing – that it the garbage collector’s job to pick up the trash. However the neighborhood where I used to live is not where a typical expat would live. There are places here that are 24-hour guarded gate communities and they have to adhere to the HOA rules anyway and everything is provided.
 
Not everything is provided by the city like how it is in the US.  For example, in the US, if you have a garbage service, whether you pay for it directly or whether it is paid for by the city you live in, they usually provide garbage containers. They don’t do that here. It is up to you to provide your own. In the condominiums they usually have a place where there is a dumpster or a pickup comes and you have your trashcan outside.
 
(Marina in Cabos San Lucas, Baja California, Mexico, pictured.)

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