Ultimate Guide to Home Repairs and Handyman Services in Singapore 2021

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Whether you’re a new or experienced homeowner, home maintenance and repairs can be confusing. How do you tell if something needs repairing? What do you do when something breaks down without warning? What tasks do handymen perform?

In this guide, we focus on the two most common home repair services—plumbing and electrical works. Read on for tips on engaging home repair services, and our recommendations for trusted and experienced professionals!

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Signs that your home requires maintenance

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Unsure of what to do when you notice something’s amiss around the house? Don’t fret! Here are telltale signs of the most common home issues, and what you can do to fix them:

1. Buzzing power outlets

Power outlets and switches should always operate silently. If a power outlet is making buzzing or crackling noises, do not use the power outlet and consult a licensed electrician immediately!

Safety Mark

While not all electrical appliances purchased are from reputable, established brands, using counterfeit electronics and appliances with no safety mark is a cause for concern. Not only is it dangerous, it may potentially damage your home’s electrical systems too. If you are sensitive about the cost of new electronics and appliances, try purchasing them secondhand!

Don’t leave that buzzing noise unchecked: reach out to our recommended electrician today!

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2. Unfamiliar or strange odours coming from power outlets

New appliances may produce unfamiliar odours upon initial installation, but if you detect an odd smell coming from the power outlet itself, it’s a warning sign that the power outlet is going bad. Unplug any appliances connected to the power outlet immediately, and do not use it again until a qualified electrician checks it out. 

3. Wrong water pressure 

If you’re suddenly experiencing low water pressure from a particular faucet, or hearing bubbling noises from the drain outlets in your house, it could be a sign of clogged pipes. 

First thing: check with your neighbours on whether they are facing the same problem! If they are, this is likely an issue that is not within your control and will need to be brought up to HDB or PUB

If the problem persists only in your home, check your pipes and water supply valve. Old pipes may have gotten clogged by deposits amongst other issues. If you are unable to identify or fix the issue, consider engaging a plumber for help.

Even if these issues do not affect your day-to-day living, it is always better to fix them before they worsen. Don’t wait till the day you’re left unable to turn on the lights or flush the toilet!

It’s no fun solving plumbing issues on your own. Leave it to our recommended plumber!

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Hiring a licensed home repair service

Valid licences are a telltale sign if handymen qualified for the job. Do note that there isn’t an all-encompassing licence for handymen, but take note of these three:

1. For water service and sanitary works: PUB Plumbing Licence

Based on the PUB guidelines, only PUB-licensed plumbers are allowed to carry out advanced plumbing works or to install, fix and maintain plumbing systems for water service and sanitary works. It is an offence for anyone to engage a plumber who is not licensed by the PUB to carry out regulated water service and sanitary works.

However, handymen without a licence can carry out simple plumbing works such as Water Service Works (Potable Water) and simple Sanitary Works (Used Water). We recommend visiting the PUB website to view the full list of exceptions before engaging a plumber or a handyman!

2. For electrical installations: EMA Electrical Worker Licence

Based on the EMA guidelines, all electrical work must be undertaken or carried out by a licensed electrical worker. This includes new wiring, rewiring and extensions, which have to be tested before the supply is turned on. Moreover, if you are living in a HDB flat, you may be required to apply for a permit for some electrical works.

3. For gas service works: EMA Gas Service Worker Licence

Likewise for gas service works, EMA issues licences for workers who are qualified to work on gas installations to ensure that all gas installations are safe. Depending on their licence, some gas service workers are allowed to install, maintain, repair and test gas appliances, and to install or remove gas meters, while others can carry out more advanced jobs like constructing and repairing gas pipes and fittings.

You are also advised to engage window contractors approved by the Building Construction Authority (BCA) for all window works. For the installation and retrofitting of windows, it is mandatory to engage an approved builder or window contractor that is registered with the BCA Contractors Registry.

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What other services do handymen provide?

Apart from plumbing and electrical works, handyman services may also include, but not limited to:

  • Electrical drilling;
  • Furniture assembly and carpentry;
  • House painting;
  • Fan installation.

While many of these jobs can be DIY-ed, calling a handyman lets you get the job done in half the time!

Best home repair services on Carousell

These recommended service providers have each received at least 50 4.9-star reviews. Read past reviews by clicking on the names of each service provider and request for quotations with the Carousell’s Chat function!

Top 4 reliable service providers

Reliable SG Plumbing
Carousell username reliablesgplumbing
Specialises in…
  • Replacement of flushing cisterns, taps and sewage pipes
  • Clearing of chokes (toilet bowl, floor trap)
  • Repair of various types of plumbing issues
Price “Chat” to enquire on rates
Notable services provided 24/7 emergency repair


Electrician Kevin Wong
Carousell username wongkevinyan
Specialises in…
  • Rewiring and wiring installation
  • Installation of electrical sockets and various cable points
  • Electrical panel servicing
  • Maintenance of fuses, circuit breakers
  • Installation of water heaters and ceiling fans
  • Installation of CCTV camera system
Price “Chat” to enquire on rates


Lock Bear
Carousell username eazea_ubi
Specialises in…
  • Installation of digital smart locks for residential gate and door
  • Various types of digital smart locks including access by fingerprint, passcode, RFID card and key
Price Starting from $299
Notable services provided Authorised retailer for Samsung and Philips digital locks


Ultimate Handyman
Carousell username ultimate_handyman
Specialises in…
  • Installation of electrical wiring 
  • Plumbing works such as clearing of chokes
  • Drilling or assembly of furniture
Price Starting from $50


Highly recommended service providers

Service provider Services No. of reviews Rating
minorsolutions Plumbing

Electrical work

684 4.98
vincentlocksmith Locksmith 652 5.00
uncle_hang Plumbing

Electrical work

Handyman services

413 4.96
swiffix_professional Plumbing

Handyman services

357 4.96
tzhsupermonk Plumbing services 315 4.97
wanderingsharpedo Locksmith 257 4.99
bestplumbersg Plumbing 214 4.99
handymanservices Handyman services 177 4.99
mr.appliance Appliance repair 59 4.90

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Final pointers when engaging a home repair service

Always speak to a few service providers before deciding on one. Be sure to ask for:

  • Their diagnosis and resolution for the problem;
  • If there is any guarantee if things go awry;
  • Proof of license;
  • A quotation for the job.

While you’re at it, save time by trying out our new Multiple Chat feature to ask the same questions to various providers (only on mobile app)!

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We hope that this guide has been helpful in starting you off in engaging home repair services. Wishing you all the best with your project!

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