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Live-in maid

Postby longhorn0915 » Tue, 14 Jun 2011 9:52 pm

My family and I are moving to the East coast in August. My husband will be leaving before the rest of the family to pick out an apartment and hire a domestic helper. Can I get some clarification on the monthly cost of a maid? I have read in the classifieds that the cost runs from about $460-550 for a good one with a little experience, but I have seen on posts that say it is more like $1000-1500 a month. We need someone to help with our two small children as well as light housekeeping. (most likely a live-in)

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Re: Live-in maid

Postby Strong Eagle » Tue, 14 Jun 2011 10:06 pm

longhorn0915 wrote:My family and I are moving to the East coast in August. My husband will be leaving before the rest of the family to pick out an apartment and hire a domestic helper. Can I get some clarification on the monthly cost of a maid? I have read in the classifieds that the cost runs from about $460-550 for a good one with a little experience, but I have seen on posts that say it is more like $1000-1500 a month. We need someone to help with our two small children as well as light housekeeping. (most likely a live-in)


My neighbor is releasing an excellent maid. Great cook. Completely honest. Very clean. Kids have all gone to university in the US.

Your costs: Minimum salary = $375, consider $450 or more. Add $350 per month in maid tax. Food, essentials, medical insurance, add $300 per month. Trip home once a year: $500, $60 per month.

You should expect to fork out $1100 to $1200 per month, minimum, to keep a maid.

And please, give her Sunday's off.

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Postby longhorn0915 » Tue, 14 Jun 2011 10:15 pm

If you hire through an agency do you pay through them? What about tax and insurance? Do they work all of that out for you once you pay? I also need a little clarification on the way the health insurance thing works, too.

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Postby intime0 » Thu, 16 Jun 2011 10:02 am

We hired through an agency and they took care of everything.

We do have to pay for some exam that is required every 6 months...but it's minimal. I think the insurance covers emergency care. At least that is how I understood it.

You pay MOM a fee, just a little under $300. And then you work out with your maid how much you pay her.

They also expect the maid to pay them something. We just gave the maid the money for it. I know others who have done that. It's usually around a month's wage and they tell you to just not pay her that month. GET REAL. she has family and bills just like anyone.

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Postby longhorn0915 » Thu, 16 Jun 2011 10:06 pm

Thanks fro the info!

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Postby QRM » Fri, 17 Jun 2011 9:12 am

Dont forget the medical insurance only covers emergency, with one helper her medical bill was higher than her salary! it also doesn't cover mental health medical cost so if your turns out to be a bit of a head job ( the best nutty ones are hard to spot) and ends up in the IMH ward for a few nights you have to cover the bills.

The helpers also has to pay all the agency and embassy fees etc. so for the first 6 months to a year they are pretty much taking home $20 a month, up to you but we always pay all this off for her anyway.


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