On average, we spend about 25-30% of our total annual income on housing. Housing expenses include rent, utilities, and maintenance. A sufficient housing budget ensures that we have a place of comfort to enjoy. However, we have other priorities too. Because of this, we have to be smarter with the housing budget. So, here are the most expensive home maintenance and repair services and how you can avoid them:

Rank Service Average Cost Low End Cost High End Cost
1 Foundation Repairs AED 16,500 AED 900 AED 146,000
2 Mold Remediation AED 8,000 AED 1,800 AED 36,000
3 Electrical Repairs AED 4,700 AED 220 AED 73,000
4 HVAC Repairs AED 3,600 AED 180 AED 29,000
5 Roof Repairs AED 3,100 AED 900 AED 88,000
6 Water Damage Repairs AED 8,000 N/A N/A

These figures were taken from the sources linked at the bottom of this page. It does not represent Big Elephant’s official pricing. All pricing for services is subject to inspection before a final quotation is given.

  1. Foundation Repairs

A damaged foundation is one of the most critical repairs any building would have to face. It is non-negotiable because foundation cracks and problems can cause the structure to shatter. It is a repair we cannot delay. The cost for foundation repairs ranges from AED 900 to AED 145,000. The range is pretty wide-ranging because the amount needed to fix it will depend on the damage at hand.

  1. Mold Remediation

Mold remediation is the process of removing, cleaning, and decontaminating areas of your home that have been affected by mold. Molds may grow in homes due to leaks or moisture. Mold contamination does not happen overnight, but it is a serious threat to health. Depending on the size of the infected area, mold remediation can cost AED 1,800 at the very least.

  1. Electrical Repairs

There are many types of electrical services, and so the price range is also wide. Electrical repair may be due to bad wiring, broken panel, broken outlet, or broken fixtures. Depending on the type of service and the amount of damage at hand, the cost of an electrical repair may range from AED 220 to AED 73,000. There are many things we can try to DIY, but electrical repair is not one of them. Electricals are tricky and dangerous to work with. So, calling in a professional who is highly skilled and experienced is the way to go.

  1. HVAC Repairs or Replacement

We are not only talking about the regular HVAC maintenance here. We are also talking about broken HVAC that has become rusty, has cracks, and has become less or nonfunctional. While an average HVAC maintenance can cost about AED 900 or less, HVAC repair or replacement can cost so much more.

  1. Roof Repairs

Roof repairs are tricky because it usually takes a leak inside before realizing that something has broken outside. That’s why it often takes a leak before we call for help. While some leaks are minor (thankfully and hopefully), some roofing problems can be painful enough to cost about AED 3,000 on average.

  1. Water Damage Repairs

While a few leaks are manageable, water damage can be painful. Leaks that are not managed in proper time may cause rotting of wood, growth of molds, and rusting of metals. Depending on the degree of damage, flooring and fixtures replacement, repainting, or a complete home revamp may be needed. The damage happens slowly, and when it does, it is found guilty to be one of the causes of an expensive home repair.

Solution

All these repairs can be costly, but they have a similar solution: preventive maintenance.

There is a saying, “stitch in time saves nine”. That is the approach of preventive maintenance. Preventive maintenance is scheduling regular building checkups so that experts may inspect your home for any existing problems or potential threats before they blow up. Preventive maintenance fends off any costly hassle to homeowners and property occupants from unexpected breaking.

It is easier to patch up a small leak on the roof than to fix a roof with wrecked insulation and busted ceilings. It is easier to clean HVAC systems than to replace them. It is easier to address leaks than to refurbish ruined homes due to consistent water flooding.

If you want to know more about preventive maintenance or have any property repair concerns, don’t be shy to reach out! We’d love to hear from you. Besides sending us a chat through the widget on the side we have on this website, here are other ways you can reach us:

E-mail: hello@bigelephant.me

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WhatsApp: +971 55 558 6824

Calls: 04 370 5242

Sources:

https://ipropertymanagement.com/research/most-expensive-home-repairs

https://www.millionacres.com/real-estate-investing/articles/7-expensive-home-repairs-you-need-be-aware/

https://www.webuyuglyhouses.com/blog/11-home-repairs-break-bank/

https://www.thezebra.com/resources/home/most-expensive-home-repairs-prevention/