Running Your Home

In this section we give some guidance on how to run a home in the Cayman Islands. A lot of it is very straight forward and probably common sense but we do give insider information on the domestic helper/nanny scene (how much to pay them etc), we discuss how to maintain your property and garden and even suggest shade trees that are indigenous to Cayman.

In this section we give the most comprehensive advice on setting up a home in the Cayman Islands. Everything from setting up your utilities, maintaining a home in Cayman, how to service your A/C, organise cleaning and domestic help, who to call for painting services, or a locksmith, plumber or electrician. We also advice exactly how to get your electricity, water and telephone connected up, and how the Government-run waste disposal and recycling system works. Finally we discuss pest control and give an overview of home security in Cayman – what to think about and what to consider. And of course so much more!

This section will literally hold your hand as you set up a home in Cayman and will make the whole process much much easier than you thought it would be!

Maintaining Your Home

Cayman has an exceptional standard of living, first-world infrastructure and safe and close-knit communities. It is also warm, clean and richly blessed by having beautiful beaches, tidy, (mostly) architect designed homes and thoughtful landscaping. It is possibly one of the most desirable places to live in the world.

Predictably, paradise is not cheap; running your home can be expensive with the high cost of utilities, services and food. Of course, we think the quality of life is worth every penny! Luckily when it comes to maintaining a home, there are many ways to avoid a financial haemorrhage. First things first: get a well-insulated house (it can make the difference between having a CI$800 electricity bill a month and a CI$300 electricity bill), make sure there are no running toilets in your house, or dripping taps (water bills can be cripplingly high, especially if you had an unknown leak for a month) and then ask your friends for recommendations or shop around carefully before choosing a contractor or service provider. There are ways to keep your maintenance costs down.

Cayman Resident is a great place to begin your search and once you have found a reliable service provider or contractor, spread the word. Cayman is a small community, so promoting ethical businesses helps everyone!

Utilities

In this section we list everything you need to know about getting your water, electricity, gas/propane, television, telephone and internet service up. We also discuss petrol prices and what to expect at the gas pumps.

Air Conditioning

Air conditioning your home can have the biggest impact on your electricity bill. Keeping the temperature at the highest setting you feel comfortable with will help, as well as using an overhead fan, especially during the winter months when a fan may be all you need in the mornings and evenings.

Cleaning Services

There are many reputable cleaning companies in Grand Cayman that offer various residential and commercial services such as carpet and area rug cleaning, grout cleaning, housekeeping and maid service, natural stone and marble polishing, upholstery cleaning and window washing.

Domestic Help

Many families employ domestic help either on a full-time, live-in or part-time basis. Having a domestic helper or nanny is an affordable luxury in Cayman and makes entertaining a pleasure, allows parents to spend more time with their children, or have precious quiet hours away from them!

Electricians

In the Cayman Islands, electrical contractors employ electricians who specialise in construction work related to the design, installation and maintenance of electrical systems.

Home Security

Although Cayman enjoys a low crime rate in comparison to its Caribbean neighbours, burglaries do occur and are usually crimes of opportunity. The majority of burglaries occur at a residence where no one is at home, entry is concealed and easy to access.

Landscaping

The Cayman Islands is warm all year round with a rainy period in the summer months, which presents a wonderful opportunity for homeowners to have lush, green landscapes. In this section we give you helpful tips on where to hire a professional landscaper, how to maintain your lawn plus what shade trees to plant that will not only help keep your house cool but protect Cayman’s lovely environment.

Mould Removal & A/C Duct Cleaning

To ensure your home environment stays safe for you and your family, it is very important to have your A/C systems regularly inspected and thoroughly cleaned. Cayman’s hot and humid climate makes poorly ventilated areas ripe for mould (mold) growth if not properly managed.

Locksmiths

Most home centres and hardware stores offer a key cutting service. But there are dedicated locksmiths to help you change your locks or even open your door (if you’ve been locked out by accident). Check out this section for more.

Painting Contractors

Do you need to hire a painter? There are a number of painting companies and contractors offering services in the Cayman Islands. No matter the surface that requires paint— concrete, stucco, wood substrates, masonry block, service doors, wrought iron fences—you will find an experienced professional to assist you.

Residential Appliance Repair

There are a number of companies in Cayman that specialise in repairing large household appliances of major brands such as Whirlpool, KitchenAid and Frigidaire. Read this section if you need to have a home appliance repair done.

Pest Control & Exterminator Services

Since Cayman has a warm and humid climate, we do have to deal with uninvited guests which range from ants, cockroaches, termites and weevils, to centipedes and scorpions. Scorpions tend to be more prevalent after periods of heavy rain so make sure you shake out your shoes. Read on to learn about the ways you can mitigate pesky pests in Cayman from overrunning your home.

Plumbing Contractors

Need a plumber? Whether you are building a home, or need to have an existing plumbing system repaired at your home or place of business, finding a licensed plumber in the Cayman Islands should not be a challenge. In this section we have a list of plumbers you can call.

Bee Removal

Cayman has a thriving community of bees which ensure that fruit trees bear abundantly and our farmers continue to produce the bounty that they do. However, sometimes these bees can overtake a corner of your garden and may need to be safely removed and relocated. (Never attempt to remove the bees on your own!)

Two people can do this safely: Michiel Bush (Tel: (345) 326 5555) who is the other half of the amazing Britta Bush and their organic food company Saucha. There is also Otto Watler (Tel: (345) 947 1255) who lives in Lower Valley and produces Pure Cayman Honey from his happy family of bees.

They will both carefully remove the bees from your property and if there is honey left behind they will bottle it up for you. The cost is usually CI$150 but if the hive is very complex, then it may be more. Please do not attempt to kill the bees!

Pool Maintenance & Cleaning

Pool maintenance in the Cayman Islands is usually arranged and paid for by the strata, if you rent or buy in an apartment complex. But if you own a home expect to pay on average CI$200 per month for maintenance. In this section we have a list of companies that can help you maintain your pool environment and keep the water sparkling clean.

Septic Tank Cleaners

Residents of Grand Cayman that live along the main West Bay Road corridor and some of the connecting neighbourhoods are served by the Island’s only public sewage collection system, which is operated by the Water Authority. If you have a septic tank on your property, you will need to have it properly maintained to ensure it remains functional. Read this section for helpful tips on maintenance and what companies pump out septic tanks.

Waste Disposal & Recycling

There are currently no garbage collection fees for private residences. However, apartment complexes and businesses are charged an annual garbage fee which is based on the size, type and category of business/apartment complex. Most apartment complexes have skips for waste disposal. There are also recycling drop offs around the Island. Continue reading this section for more information on waste management in the Cayman Islands and how to recycle.