Painting can either be very straightforward or complex, depending on different factors. Because of this, you could also receive big differences in quotations. Factors affecting the price of painting jobs include:
This is the biggest impact on price. You may be painting an entire three-bedroom apartment, one room or even a single wall. Prices will be different for larger villas or apartments, as there will be more bathrooms, common areas and a maid's room.
Homes are often painted before moving in. Having no furniture inside the property brings down the price, as it reduces the work and material load as well. When there is furniture inside the apartment, it all needs to be covered with plastic and/or moved around.
The current wall colour matters, because it determines how many coats of paint are needed. When the existing wall paint is a bold or dark colour, it becomes difficult to paint a light colour over the top without the original colour showing through. This means that you may need to paint multiple coats.
Sometimes damage to walls occurs due to cracks or water leakage. This means before any painting work is done, the areas need to be replastered and prepared to ensure a long-lasting finish.
Oftentimes, people forget to include the ceiling or trim when looking for home painting. Both of these impact the price as ceiling painting requires time due to having to move a ladder repeatedly and cover all surfaces. Trim on the other hand, although low in surface area, requires a lot of detail and attention.
There are three main types of paint used for interior residential painting, each most suitable for a specific situation as needed.
1. Oil Based Paint - Oil-based paint is more durable, but it takes longer to dry, and cleanup requires turpentine or paint thinner. Oil-based paints are made with either alkyd (synthetic) or linseed (natural) oils. Alkyd paint is more common because it is less expensive and tougher. Oil based paints also are easier to apply and take longer to dry making them easier to work with.
They do have disadvantages however, being it is more likely to crack and break. They are also difficult to dispose of as they will end up clogging your drains.
2. Latex Based Paint - Latex paint is easier to work with and dries more quickly, but it isn't quite as durable as oil-based paint. Latex is good for general painting projects such as walls and ceilings. Cleaning a latex spill or mistake can be done with soap and water. Latex paints however cause wood to swell and change, meaning you have to sand between coats and the process of applying the paint is more tedious. In general, latex based paints are much easier to use and are more available, especially for their environmentally friendly features when compared to oil based paints.
There are many brands of paint used for interior decorating purposes, however there are several main ones that dominate the market. Below is a short summary of the options available.
1. Jotun Paints: Jotun Paint is a Norwegian brand founded more than 90 years ago. It is the most common and highest quality of the commercial brands, or main brands found in the market. Aiooto works with Jotun for their great value, and reputation for quality at affordable prices.
2. National Paint - National Paints is a local manufacturer of paints, that is very economical, but does not compare to the quality or durability of Jotun.
2. Other - There are many brands that can be found in the market such as Berger or Benjamin, that are more specialized, and of course come at a higher price. They have very high quality, and a wide of selection of colors that is more unique than that found at Jotun for example. These types of paints are commonly specified by interior designers for special custom projects.
Handyman services are often done on a per-hour basis. Activities like hanging and mounting, or furniture assembly are usually difficult to estimate using exact time, as these items vary in complexity.
A common rate for handyman services is around 150 AED - 200 AED per hour. Usually a minimum one-hour charge applies. You should then factor in the full time it takes a team to complete the work including transportation time to and from the job.
Furniture assembly is almost always a time-driven job and therefore hourly rates are given.
Hanging and mounting, a common service for TVs, is dependent on the size of the TV. Sometimes it is not possible to mount a TV without first doing preparation work, to make sure a gypsum wall for example is able to take the weight.
Curtains and blinds can usually be installed on the spot if they have already been purchased. However in certain situations, further inspection and special parts are needed.
Plumbing work is also charged per-hour for small jobs. However, some jobs are given a fixed price. The common hourly rate for plumbers is around 150 AED - 200 AED. Usually a minimum one-hour charge applies. You should then factor in the full time it takes a team to complete the work including transportation time to and from the job.
Unless it is a very specific situation, drainage unblocking is a per-hour job. As with other hourly jobs, the service provider may charge a minimum one-hour rate to account for the call-out time.
Leakage work usually requires an inspection to determine the root cause. Plumbers will usually have the tools and materials to fix minor leakages on the spot if it is possible to do so. When the issue is more complicated, they will provide a more comprehensive quotation.
Fixture installation is usually straightforward, assuming the right installation framework is already in place. Plumbers may often need to uncover the pipes behind the wall, which may make the job more complicated.
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Air conditioning (AC) services are usually split into two major categories. The first is standard maintenance, and the second is repair.
Standard AC maintenance is needed every 3-4 months in order to ensure the quality of your AC units. Poor maintenance can affect efficiency, air quality, health and temperature control.
Standard AC maintenance is usually given as a fixed price. But beware of hiring a professional based on price alone. While many companies offer exceptionally cheap rates, they may also provide an exceptionally cheap filter wipe-down service. Proper AC maintenance means removing the filter for proper cleaning, cleaning the drain pans, removing any dust or material inside the AC, a refrigerant gas check and refill as required.
AC repair is more complicated and usually requires an inspection, as the cause will not be immediately apparent.
If you are unsure of how many AC Units are in your residence, simply count the number of thermostats you have. Usually each thermostat accounts for one unit.
Pest control can be general (preventative), or to treat a specific infestation. Prices are usually fixed for each type of service, depending on the size of the area that needs to be treated. Note that it is common to have to leave your apartment or room for some time during and after the pest control treatment. All pest control service providers must be licensed to perform the work in each Emirate, as well as use municipality-approved spray materials.
General, or preventative, pest control is usually performed before moving in to a new residence, or at annual/monthly intervals. This treatment removes common pests such as ants, flies, etc. to ensure your home is pest free.
Infestations vary, depending on whether it is insects or rodents. For insects such as cockroaches, specific treatments are required. In the case of bed bugs, you may not be able to sleep in the treated room for several days.
Rodent and snake infestations require setting up traps until the pest is removed from the area.
Electrical work is also charged per hour for small jobs. However, some jobs are given a fixed price if a site inspection takes place. The common hourly rate for an electrician is around 150 AED - 200 AED. Usually a minimum one-hour charge applies. This takes into consideration the full time it takes a team to complete the work including transportation time to and from the job.
When looking to change light bulbs, the two most important pieces of information are of course size, and type of light bulb. It is very important to mention the type of light bulb (eg. spot light, florescent light, light bulb) and if possible the specific brand and model number. Without this information, it is very difficult for service providers to submit an exact quote as the scope of work is unclear. When possible, always include a picture of the light bulb to be replaced they can be in difficult to reach places.
It is also important to clarify who will be supplying the light bulbs. Electricians can supply the light bulbs if they are given the exact model number, however you should be aware that they will usually charge a small fee for this. If you as a customer can provide the light bulbs yourself, you can usually save a small amount of money.
Light fixture installation is another common electrical service that is required. Light fixtures such as pendant lamps (hanging lamps) or wall fixtures do not always include installation when purchased. This type of work requires an electrician as connections need to be made from the wires in the ceiling or wall to the light fixture itself. Apartments and villas usually include all the necessary work required to connect the light fixture. (These are the wires sticking out of your ceiling).
It is always very important to include a picture, or at least a description of the light fixture that needs to be installed. In very few cases, these light fixtures are large, heavy, or difficult to handle and therefore require special tools as they cannot be lifted and installed by one electrician. Including a picture or description will avoid receiving hourly rates.
Electrical wiring and socket repair will always require an inspection. It is very difficult to determine the cause of a socket or switch failure without opening it up to look at the inside. The failure could be caused by a poor or failed connection between the switch itself and the wires, or due to the wires being worn out.
It is very important to have failed sockets and switches inspected as soon as possible to ensure that the issue is not caused by faulty wires which could cause electrocution accidents or fires. It is not possible to determine the cause of the issue without an inspection.
Water heaters are like any other home appliance you have such as a TV, washing machine, or fridge. They can fail due to various reasons, and some are repairable while others need to be changed completely. An inspection is required in order to determine the problem, and therefore the recommendation of repair or replacement.
If the water heater needs to be replaced, the following information must be provided in order for the service provider to be able to provide you with a quotation:
1. What is the model, and capacity of the currently installed water heater.
2. Is the water heater concealed (hidden in the ceiling) or located in a separate closet.
3. If the water heater is concealed, is the ceiling made from gypsum board (one piece) or multiple tiles that are easily removable.
This information will allow the service provider to submit an accurate and useful quote.
If you cannot find what you are looking for, our Custom Service section allows you to describe the problem to us and we figure out how we can help you. It may be an odd job, or the installation of a sound-proof wall. While we cannot always guarantee that we can find someone to do the work, we will do our utmost to help. We can arrange for surveys, find price estimates, or anything else that you may need.