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Verisk Industry Trends for August 2020

Xactware's Pricing Data

LEHI, Utah — Saturday, August 1, 2020 —
The August 2020 price list updates for more than 460 regions in the United States and Canada are now available for download.

Pricing research for the August 2020 publication shows that average costs for labor and materials used in claims and remodeling increased in most key pricing components. In our research, we found that lumber material has been increasing rapidly over the past few months. The Common Lumber Material report showed an increase of 10.51 percent in the United States and 4.05 percent in Canada since the July 2020 publication, and since August 2019, the Common Lumber Material report showed an increase of 12.14 percent in the United States and 3.5 percent in Canada. Many factors may have contributed to this drastic increase on lumber costs including earlier pandemic restrictions, an increase in building activity including DIY builders, as well as tariffs on lumber coming from Canadian imports. For articles with additional information on lumber cost increases click herehere and here.

Pricing News — 2020 - August

01 2020 Aug Month Percent Change Of Major Categories

02 2020 Aug Year Percent Change Of Major Categories

All reported percent changes are based on the averages that have been reported either since the July 2020 price list publication or from August 2019 to August 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.

Personal Protective Equipment


Due to the current impacts of COVID-19, Xactware is closely monitoring the cost of personal protective equipment (PPE). Since March 2020, the average national cost of PPE items increased 46 percent in the United States and 44 percent in Canada. 

We will continue to monitor this situation and report changes as they arise. 

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 July 2020 publication, gasoline prices increased 0.05 percent in the United States and increased 1.23 percent in Canada. When compared to August 2019, gasoline prices dropped 19.89 percent in the United States and 14.57 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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Gasoline National Average





* Canada prices are per liter

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.




General Quote Items


Master Item List Items


Retired Items






General Quote Items


Master Item List Items


Retired Items



Changes to the August price list

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

  • CAB (Cabinetry) - Items added for prefinished filler/scribe board and resetting lower units with shoring.
  • ELS (Electrical - Special Systems) - Items added for conference room camera and mounting equipment.
  • FCW (Floor Covering - Wood) - Items added for high grade moldings and reducer strips for wood flooring.
  • MTL (Metal Structures & Components) - Items added for additional grades of 26 gauge corrugated and ribbed wall/roof panels.
  • RFG (Roofing) - Items added for additional grades of 26 gauge corrugated and ribbed metal roofing.
  • WTR (Water Extraction & Remediation) - Items added for detaching lower cabinets with shoring.

Customers can view price list modifications on the eService Center. XactAnalysis customers can see this 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.

More information

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.

For information on how to quickly find similar and related estimate items, watch our Xpert Tip.