Reconstruction costs continue steady pattern of increases

By Scott Amussen January 15, 2016

Overall reconstruction costs tracked for the 360Value® Overview of Property Reconstruction Cost Changes showed moderate increases in both the United States and Canada across all states and provinces, and continue an ongoing pattern of slow, but steadily rising growth in costs.

During the fourth quarter of 2015, overall reconstruction costs in the U.S. were up 0.1 percent; they were up just under 1 per cent in Canada. For the year-long period spanning January 2015 to January 2016, overall costs rose 2.3 percent in the U.S. and 2.3 per cent in Canada as well.

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In the U.S. third quarter, 34 states plus Washington, D.C., experienced increases of less than 4 percent. This past quarter, Nevada rose above the 4 percent mark. Hawaii experienced the lowest increase, of only 0.7 percent

In Canada, all ten provinces experienced reconstruction costs increases during the last 12 months. Alberta had the period’s largest increase, at 3.5 percent.

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Scott Amussen

Scott Amussen is vice president of property products for Verisk Insurance Solutions – Underwriting. He was an assistant vice president with Xactware’s 360Value®. He has a computer science degree from Brigham Young University and an M.B.A. from the University of Utah.