What Are the Most Popular Handyman Services in Dubai and What Do They Cost?

You are likely to need multiple handyman services in Dubai every year to maintain your home. In fact, a typical Dubai resident books home maintenance services 6 to 8 times on ServiceMarket annually. ServiceMarket has put together a list of the most popular handyman services in the region. This guide will also help you understand how much they cost.  

Factors that determine the cost of handyman services

  • Time to complete the job: If you hire a handyman by the hour, the more hours or days it takes to complete the job, the more it will cost. What’s more, booking handyman services for two or more hours costs less than doing so for just an hour. For example, if you need a handyman in Dubai for just one hour it will cost you AED 129, but if you book the service for four or more hours, the rate will be AED 109 per hour.    
  • Type of handyman service: Depending on the type of service, you may be charged on an hourly basis or a flat rate for the complete job. For example, maintenance companies in Dubai usually charge by the hour for plumbing and electrical tasks, but for jobs like TV mounting and AC servicing there’s a flat rate for each unit.  
  • Extra parts and materials: While small parts and accessories like nuts and bolts might be included in the handyman service, if a light bulb or major part of an appliance needs to be replaced, then you will be charged for it in addition to the cost of the handyman service. Painting services usually include certain brands and colors as part of the service, but if you have a special brand or color requirement, you may have to pay extra for it.  
  • Scope of the project: If you have a very large job or you like to compare rates before making a decision, then instead of going for an hourly rate, you may want to get quotes from multiple maintenance companies in Dubai. For example, you might request quotes if you’re planning to remodel your house. 
  • What to look for in a handyman service quote: The first thing you need to check is the number of estimated hours or days they’ve mentioned and whether it matches what you were expecting. You should also find out how many handymen will be sent to work on the project. Check if any parts or materials needed for the job have been included in the quote, or whether you will have to buy them separately. When reviewing handyman quotes, you should also keep in mind that just going with the most affordable quote that you come across might not be the best strategy. Consider the complexity of the job and then see if the handyman you’re hiring has enough experience and skills to do the job properly. 
  • Minimum service fee: Another thing you should keep in mind is that even if a handyman works less than an hour, there will be a minimum charge of AED 99 (excluding VAT).

General handyman services: You can book a professional handyman in Dubai for AED 129 per hour (excluding VAT). It goes without saying that the total cost of hiring a handyman would depend on how many hours they need to spend on the task:

  • One hour: AED 129 per hour
  • Two hours: AED 119 per hour
  • Three hours: AED 119 per hour
  • Four or more hours AED 109 per hour
  • Not sure: AED 129 per hour
  • Furniture assembly: Contrary to what you might think, it can be challenging as well as time consuming to assemble and disassemble furniture properly. A professional handyman can do so quickly. They can also help you assemble IKEA furniture. The same rates apply. 
  • Curtain hanging: Whether you’ve just moved or are refurbishing your home, you can save time and make the process easier by booking handyman services to hang curtains as well as install shutters and blinds. Bookings can be made at the same hourly rates.
  • Light bulbs and spotlights: A professional handyman can also be booked at these hourly rates to install ceiling lights, replace lightbulbs, and install spotlights.
  • Home appliance repair and installation: Need a handyman to install a new dishwasher or fix a fridge that’s not keeping your food cold? You can book a home appliance service in Dubai at an hourly rate of AED 129 per hour.  
  • TV mounting: You can book this service  for TV stand mounting, TV wall mounting, and TV cabling. The charges will depend on the size of your TV:
    • Below 55 inches: AED 99 + VAT
    • 55 to 65 inches: AED 149 + VAT
    • Above 65 inches: AED 199 + VAT

Electrician: You should always hire a professional to handle electrical work. An electrician can help you with a variety of tasks, including installing light fixtures, outlets and switches, and in-house cabling at the following hourly rates:

  • One hour: AED 129 per hour + VAT
  • Two hours: AED 119 per hour + VAT
  • Three hours: AED 119 per hour + VAT
  • Four or more hours AED 109 per hour + VAT
  • Not sure: AED 129 per hour + VAT

Plumber: Need to fix a leaky faucet? Facing a clogged drain or pipe? Renovating your bathroom? Professional plumbers in Dubai can install baths, tubs, and sinks as well as fix showers, toilets, and taps. They can also handle plumbing tasks related to water heaters and tanks. You can book a plumber for:

  • One hour: AED 129 per hour + VAT
  • Two hours: AED 119 per hour + VAT
  • Three hours: AED 119 per hour + VAT
  • Four or more hours AED 109 per hour + VAT
  • Not sure: AED 129 per hour + VAT

AC technician: You can hire an AC technician for AC cleaning, installation, or repair. The hourly rate for AC installation and repair services is AED 150 per hour (excluding VAT). The cost for AC cleaning depends on the number of units. The following costs are only for AC cleaning based on the number of units. There will be additional charges if you also require AC duct cleaning, for which you can request quotes.  

  • 1 unit: AED 179 + VAT
  • 2 units: AED 339 + VAT
  • 3 units: AED 499 + VAT
  • 4 units: AED 649 + VAT
  • 5 units: AED 799 + VAT
  • 6 units: AED 999 + VAT
  • 7 units: AED 1149 + VAT
  • 8 units: AED 1299 + VAT

Annual maintenance contracts: If you sign up for an annual maintenance package, then depending on its type, some of the services you can avail every year may include getting your AC serviced 2 to 4 times, availing plumbing, electrical, as well as handyman services a couple of times, and making emergency call outs for plumbing, electrical and AC issues. You may also get biannual pest control treatments. It costs between AED 1500 and AED 5000 and can help you save money.

Pest control: Keep in mind that some annual maintenance contracts also include biannual preventive pest control treatments. If you don’t have an annual maintenance contract that covers pest control, then it will cost you AED 199 for a studio apartment, AED 229 for a 1-bedroom apartment, and AED 249 for a 2-bedroom apartment (excluding VAT).

How often do you need handyman services in Dubai?

Typically, Dubai residents book handyman services six to eight times every year on ServiceMarket. As a rule of thumb, the older your home, the more often you will need home maintenance services. You will also need to hire handyman services to take care of some tasks periodically. For example, the AC units in your house need to be serviced at least three to four times annually. 

Whether you need to book a handyman in Dubai for plumbing work or to carry out a special task like mounting a TV, you can do so easily and without any hassles through ServiceMarket. We only partner with vetted home maintenance companies.

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