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Verisk Industry Trends for April 2020

Xactware's Pricing Data

LEHI, Utah — Wednesday, April 1, 2020 — 

The April 2020 price list updates for more than 460 regions in the United States and Canada are now available for download.

Pricing research for the April 2020 publication shows that average costs for labor and materials used in claims and remodeling increased in almost every key pricing component. Retail Labor Rate increased 1.03 percent in the United States and 0.97 percent in Canada since the March 2020 publication. The Retail Labor Rate had  an annual change in both countries with a 5.62 percent annual increase in the U.S. and a 4.98 percent annual increase in Canada. 

Pricing News — 2020 - April

2020 Apr Month Percent Change Of Major Categories

2020 Apr Year Percent Change Of Major Categories

All reported percent changes are based on the averages that have been reported either since the March 2020 price list publication or from April 2019 to April 2020. The information reported here is based on a national average, and it is important to note that actual changes will vary within each pricing market. It is also important to remember that Xactware’s published pricing information is based on recently completed surveys and estimate transactions.

For more information about these trends over a longer period of time, read the Quarterly Pricing Trends or the Annual Property Report.

Local market conditions

Xactware makes every effort to ensure pricing information contained in this update represents market costs at the time of publication. Since actual market prices can vary and change rapidly, and since many factors can affect the cost of a project (including—but not limited to—labor, equipment, and material costs as well as the rates and application of sales tax), we strongly recommend customers monitor their local markets for any such changes and adjust their estimate pricing as deemed appropriate.

Gasoline prices in the U.S. and Canada

Since the March 2020 publication, gasoline prices decreased 17.25 percent in the United States and 32.66 percent in Canada. When compared to April 2019, gasoline prices dropped 25.49 percent in the United States and 39.98 percent in Canada. 


Because gasoline prices can change rapidly, Xactware recommends users monitor their local costs to determine whether repair or construction costs are affected. For further details, see the U.S. Department of Energy website.





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XactContents pricing update

Since the last price list update, the XactContents pricing team continued to improve the master item list in both the United States and Canada. They added general quote items for sink grids or mats, drying mats, makeup brushes, boat oars, dry bags, boat anchors, kayak paddles, bicycle frames, archery accessories, golf gloves, hunting calls, tree stands, swim fin and masks, and surfboards. They also added ten new vendors: Joe Fresh (Canada), Buckman’s Ski and Snowboard Shops, Arteza, Caldwell Shooting, Glasses Gallery, LA Police Gear, RE Factor Tactical, and Smith & Wesson Accessories.

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General Quote Items


Master Item List Items


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General Quote Items


Master Item List Items


Retired Items


Changes to the April price list

Due to the current world situation and people’s interest in personal protection equipment (PPE), we added several new price list items for personal protective masks and disposable face shields to the April price lists. We are closely monitoring the cost of PPE and will continue to report back as needed.

We added new items to the April price lists under the following categories:

  • CGN (Cont: Clean - General Items) - Items added for cleaning a kayak or canoe.
  • CNC (Concrete & Asphalt) - Items added to paint parking lot stripes.
  • HMR (Hazardous Material Remediation) - Items added for personal protective masks, disposable face shields, and dry ice and soda blasting of exposed framing.
  • LIT (Light Fixtures) - Items added for fluorescent light ballasts.
  • PLM (Plumbing) - Bid item added for tunneling under a slab.
  • SPE (Specialty Items) - Items added for bird spikes.
  • TCR (Trauma/Crime Scene Remediation) - Items added for personal protective masks and disposable face shields.WTR (Water Extraction & Remediation) - Items added for personal protective masks, disposable face shields, and dry ice and soda blasting of exposed framing.

Customers can view price list modifications on the eService Center. XactAnalysis customers can see the same report by selecting the Price List Changes report in the Industry Trend Reports.

Pricing feedback

Pricing feedback is one of the ways Xactware ensures that the reported cost information reflects actual market prices. Users writing estimates outside program work can return feedback by regularly running the feedback utility within Xactimate, XactRemodel, or XactPRM. Visit our web page for more information about submitting pricing feedback or check out our Xpert Tip on how to submit feedback in Xactimate.

Downloading a price list

Xactware’s pricing database is the foundation for many of our products. You can download a price list in Xactimate and XactRemodel, or assign a price list in XactPRM.

For more information about managing price lists, click Help in any Xactware product.