Posted 10 April 2010 - 12:33 AM
maids, house cleaners
Any info would be very helpful!
Posted 10 April 2010 - 07:05 AM
We are relatively new to Cozumel, but I am sure the folks on this forum will give you some great recommendations. Not sure if you've seen it - but an article by Carey, Building on Cozumel, has outstanding info and advice. Here is the link:
Posted 10 April 2010 - 08:35 AM
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Posted 11 April 2010 - 08:20 AM
Both Paula (Island Girl) and I highly recommend Mario Puc Pol for electrical and plumbing needs. He is a Mayan who speaks excellent English. He charges very fairly. And he uses US electrical and plumbing code standards. If you have not lived here long you have no idea how uncommon it is to find an electrician in particular who builds to US code. Most don't even bother to color code their wiring. I have seen more electrical disasters on this island than I care to name. If you don't believe me, take a look at the hair-brained exterior jim-cracky wiring you can see on pretty much any given block in San Migue. It's ludicrous at best a fire hazard and extreme waste of power at the worst.
Go with Mario for that and for the plumbing. he can be reached on his cellphone at: 044 987 112 4353. I would never use anyone else.
Carpenters -- best I know of on the island is Jeff Ferguson, an American from Seattle. He ain't cheap but he builds really nice stuff and its custom. The hand rubbed finishes he does on pine to make it look like other wood would cost a fortune in the states and saves a pretty penny. He can be reached at: 044 987 871-9132
Now, I should say both of these guys are, in my opinion, THE BEST. However, plan to have some flexibility in your schedule. They take emergencies first and as they arrive and they also like to take their time and chat with clients as they move through their busy days. This tends to throw their schedules off. In short, don't expect either of these guys to necessarily show up exactly when they say they're going to. You may have to call once or twice and remind them -- especially if they have something urgent arise. Squeaking wheel gets oiled with these gentlemen. But at least when they do come, you can rest assured you are in very good hands.
Painters -- I have a union painter I love but he doesn't have a cellphone. With painters, be very careful. Most do not know the meaning of a drop cloth. If you thinking I'm kidding, I'm not. Hire someone off the street or not personally rec'd as being very tidy and you better plan to stand over them the whole time they're working or the mess will end up being more trouble than painting it yourself. (Do I sound like I speak from hard experience? Ja Ja). Also buy your own drop cloths, cubiertos and have plenty available -- and see that they're used and used properly.
Maids/Housekeepers -- you're up the tree without a ladder on that one. Very difficult to find good or reliable house-cleaning help. I've always thought someone could do well running a maid service here but when you consider all the problems that might entail, I can see why, to my knowledge, no one has done this to date or for long at any rate. Maybe someone will come on here with a rec but I wouldn't hold my breath. The good ones are a dying breed and much prized.
Posted 21 April 2010 - 06:45 PM
Posted 21 April 2010 - 09:05 PM
I found it.... it's the "Cleaning Lady" thread in this (Local Talk) forum. Just scroll down.
Living the Dream in Cozumel
Posted 22 April 2010 - 06:18 AM
tom----I OWN A HOUSE HERE IN COZUMEL
First of all, please don't use all caps, it sounds like you are shouting. Secondly, it would be helpful if you would add two pieces of information that would be useful to people in assessing your recommendations. Because in this neck of the woods, first-hand experience is everything. In fact, that's a good idea for anyone posting advice about living on Cozumel. Give your 'credentials' if you will. I mention often than I've lived here for 10 years and built two houses, for example.
Things people like to know about others who are giving advice on important matters like builders, property managers, tradesmen, etc. include:
#1. How long have you owned your home here?
#2. How often to you come down per year?
#3. If you live here full-time, how long have you lived here?
Also the fact that a property manager is really cheap makes me want to run like the tradewinds in the other direction. You really do get what you pay for down here. If they're charging too little, they're quite likely either doing a lazy, crummy job or they're stealing people blind who don't know what to look for.
CozyKelly would be an excellent manager if you can get her. And there's a lovely couple that manage some local places and look to be doing a very reputable job as far as I can tell. Can anyone remember who I'm thinking of? One of their properties is Olivia's Casa Olivia.
Posted 23 April 2010 - 11:05 AM
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Posted 12 November 2010 - 08:25 AM
Painters [/b]-- I have a union painter I love but he doesn't have a cellphone. With painters, be very careful. Most do not know the meaning of a drop cloth. If you thinking I'm kidding, I'm not. Hire someone off the street or not personally rec'd as being very tidy and you better plan to stand over them the whole time they're working or the mess will end up being more trouble than painting it yourself. (Do I sound like I speak from hard experience? Ja Ja). Also buy your own drop cloths, cubiertos and have plenty available -- and see that they're used and used properly.
Carey, we looking for a painter. Any suggestions how to contact the painter you mentioned?
Posted 12 November 2010 - 08:33 AM
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Posted 16 November 2010 - 12:58 PM
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Posted 19 November 2010 - 07:25 AM
It took several days to finish and when I came in one day they were all gone. The paint brushes and rollers were in the buckets sitting in the sun. Nothing had been washed up. These guys were using my materials so they didn't bother to clean it up when they finished. Luckily I was able to clean up most of the stuff. Lesson learned.
Posted 21 November 2010 - 05:36 AM
We have two ladies that come in once a week and clean our house. They do very good work and the price is reasonable. I will be glad to send you their contact information if you drop me a note.
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