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

You can get good household help, although you pay a bit more for someone who speaks good English. I had a difficult time finding someone who both cooked and cleaned. - Jun 2020

Many people have housekeepers, and a few have drivers because driving is a bit crazy in Georgia. Generally fairly cheap. - Jan 2019

Widely available. We pay 50 lari for a cleaning lady once a week (approximately $20 for 7 hours of work). She's fantastic. - Apr 2017

House help can be very cheap - $4 to $5 an hour. - Feb 2017

Cost is low, many seem to be available. - May 2016

The cost of domestic help was quite low. - Jul 2014

Not particularly inexpensive, but available. Domestic help needs to be told explicitly what you would like done and how; initiative is severely lacking, so be sure to be clear on your expectations. - Oct 2011

Not cheap, but available. - Sep 2011

Readily available and very cheap. - Apr 2011

Available and very affordable. - Jun 2010

Fairly available and not TOO pricey, but not as cheap as some other places. Hired help generally lacks training, though, and you will need to be VERY explicit about what you want. Expecting domestic help to see and take care of a problem with their own ambition will probably lead to disappointment. - Oct 2009

About US$15/day. Another poster suggested getting someone new rather than an "expat retread."I disagree. It all depends. There is something to be said for getting someone who has already been trained in U.S. ways of doing things, knows expectations, etc. If they are lazy, then fire them. We did. - Jan 2009

New book from Talesmag! Honest and courageous stories of life abroad with special needs.

Read More