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Verisk Industry Trends for December 2020

Xactware's Pricing Data

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

Pricing research for the December 2020 publication shows that average costs for labor and materials used in claims and remodeling increased in some key pricing components. Since our November 2020 publication, the Retail Labor Rates report showed an increase of 0.4 percent in the United States and 0.9 percent in Canada. Since December 2019, the Common Lumber Material report shows the largest increase at 54.17 percent in the United States and 42.93 percent in Canada.

Pricing News — 2020 - December

2020 Dec Year Percent Change Of Major Categories

2020 Dec Month Percent Change Of Major Categories

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

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2020 Dec Us Sheathing Trend

2020 Dec Ca Sheathing Trend

Since December 2019, lumber prices have dramatically increased 54.17 percent in the United States and 42.92 percent in Canada. During that time, several factors have contributed to a shortage in supply of common lumber materials, including Covid-19 and its associated restrictions, as well as an increase in building activity (including DIY builders) which didn’t slow down much since the beginning of the current pandemic.  With this shortage of supply, prices for certain common lumber materials have rapidly increased. For example, sheathing material prices have aggressively increased 66.81 percent in the United States and 54.22 percent in Canada from July to December of this year. For articles with additional information on lumber cost increases click here and here.

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 50 percent in the United States and 43 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 November 2020 publication, gasoline prices decreased 1.91 percent in the United States and 0.29 percent in Canada. When compared to December 2019, gasoline prices have dropped 18.5 percent in the United States and 11.44 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. They added general quote items for Xbox and PlayStation gaming systems.




General Quote Items


Master Item List Items


Retired Items





General Quote Items


Master Item List Items


Retired Items



Changes to the December price list

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

  • ELE (Electrical) - Items added for pole mounted distribution transformers.
  • FNC (Finish Carpentry/Trimwork) - Item added for a stain grade window stool and apron.

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 track pricing trends over time, watch our Xpert Tip.