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Posted by D on November 29, 2011, 4:09 pm, in reply to "Re: Going rate for daily maid in pesos"
Message modified by board administrator November 29, 2011, 4:57 pm

I think the part of your post I didn't like was where you said
"so I don't raise prices for all other homeowners" I would have felt
better if you said "so I can pay her fairly".

I don't think you have to worry about raising prices for everyone,
once prices get to a certain level someone will start a cleaning business
that undercuts the individual prices and takes care of the insurance, taxes
and any other hidden cost. The only thing customers will have to do is pay
the company. I think that La Manzanilla may be ready for such a business.

When asked properly your question is a fair one and deserves an answer.
I don't know how it is for everyone else but for me I usually pay a maid
by the hour and it usually takes 2-3 hours to do what I want them to.
From what I understand the cash price per hour (no other charges) is between
$30 and $50 pesos. When working with someone new I will start at
a price then increase it if they are good at what they are doing. The ones
who are really good can pick who they work for and get the highest price
because they are in demand. It is not unknown for one to steal a worker
from someone else. Some persons hire by the day and have work for that person
every day. I would imagine they pay less per hour but make up for it in
the consistency of the work.

Construction workers make somewhere around $300 to $500 pesos per day.
The guy's in charge make more of course. Their day usually starts
around 8 am with them leaving for breakfast at 9 and coming back around 10.
They leave again around 2 pm for lunch, come back around 4 and work till 6.
It is not very common but if you find someone who works straight through
say from 9 to 5 with only a short break and a 1/2 hour for lunch, then
you would pay them more. Once again it depends on how they work out for you,
as in any business the ones who are the best are busy and can ask
for and get the highest pay. Keep in mind that IMSS (social security) should
be paid and from what I understand can be up to 30% of the cost of
construction! If you hire a sub contractor ask for proof that it is
being paid, it is still your responsibility if it is not paid. Also when
you buy an home be sure to get the certificate that states IMSS was paid,
if not the cost could be passed onto the new buyer.

I hope that helps some.


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