On 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.