Frankfurt - Post Report Question and Answers

What is the availability and cost of household help, and what types of help are typically employed by expatriates?

We have a helper clean 1x week for 3 hours for 50 euro. This is less than the going rate in the consulate housing area but comparable with what a German family would pay for help. I don't think most families have help. - Aug 2023

We didn't employ any help. However, the cost for those that do is expensive. - Oct 2022

We didn't hire anyone, but I've been told it's expensive. - Feb 2022

Most people didn't seem to use a housecleaner, however we didn't have much trouble finding someone to come once a week for about $12/hr. - Oct 2021

Very expensive. Some people had weekly or biweekly cleaners; very, very few had nannies. - Sep 2020

There really are very limited options here, and very expensive. We had a "cleaning" lady come for four hours a week at 70 euros a pop, and she didn't clean at all. It's very difficult to find anyone. - Mar 2020

I hired a member of the char force at the Consulate to clean every other week. He charged me 15E an hour plus supplies and did a great job. - Feb 2020

Few people have domestic help. It's expensive and complex in Europe. - Sep 2019

We hired someone through word of mouth at the consulate to clean four hours each week for 60E. I would say most folks rely on day care rather than sitters/nannies and relatively few hire cleaners, etc. - Apr 2019

We had a cleaning person come in 4 hours per week for 50 euro per week. It was worth it. - Sep 2017

Almost impossible. Either they will charge you an arm and a leg (350 euros for one cleaning of your apartment) or are so flaky they rarely show up. We did find a cleaning lady for 40 euros per visit, but she flaked out at least half the time. Hiring an American on compound for babysitting/pet-sitting is a better bet but options are limited. - Jan 2017

No clue. I'd imagine it's not cheap. - Aug 2016

Expensive I have heard. - Feb 2016

Expensive - Dec 2015

Available but expensive. A lot of Croatian women work as domestics for approximately 12 Euro per hour. - Mar 2014

Domestic help available but very expensive. - Nov 2013

Yes, not too bad, but not cheap either. - Apr 2012

Expensive. - Mar 2012

Forget about it. - Oct 2011

Expensive. The dollar isn't doing too well aginst the euro. - Jul 2008

Domestic help is available but it's expensive - 10/12 Euros/hour. - Feb 2008

We haven't had any help but many people do. It's probably about the same as the D.C. area. - Jan 2008

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