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Verisk Industry Trends for January 2021

Verisk Publishes January 2021 Price List

The January 2021 price list updates for more than 460 regions in the United States and Canada are now available for download.

LEHI, Utah — Friday, January 1, 2021 — 

Pricing research for the January 2021 publication shows that average costs for labor and materials used in claims and remodeling increased in most key pricing components. Since our December 2020 publication, the Common Labor and Material report showed an increase of 0.38 percent in the United States and 0.93 percent in Canada. Since January 2020, the Common Lumber Material report shows the largest increase at 53.97 percent in the United States and 42.71 percent in Canada.

Pricing News — 2021 - January

2021 Jan Month Percent Change Of Major Categories

2021 Jan Year Percent Change Of Major Categories

All reported percent changes are based on the averages that have been reported either since the December 2020 price list publication or from January 2020 to January 2021. 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.

Lumber Increases


2021 Jan Us Sheathing Trend

2021 Jan Ca Sheathing Trend

Since January 2020, lumber prices have dramatically increased 53.97 percent in the United States and 42.71 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 66.22 percent in the United States and 54.66 percent in Canada from July 2020 to January 2021. For articles with additional information on lumber cost increases click 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 42 percent in the United States and 42 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 December 2020 publication, gasoline prices increased 5.8 percent in the United States and 1.6 percent in Canada. When compared to January 2020, gasoline prices have dropped 12.76 percent in the United States and 9.18 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 January price list

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

  • CGN (Cont: Clean - General Items) - Items added for cleaning helmets and tool boxes.
  • FEN (Fencing) - Items added for chain link wind or privacy screens.
  • FNC (Finish Carpentry/Trimwork) - Items added for baseboard corner blocks.
  • GLS (Glass, Glazing, & Storefronts) - Items added for a modular glass wall system.
  • MAS (Masonry) - Items added for travertine pavers.

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 Verisk 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

Verisk’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 Verisk product.