This bulletin gives a brief overview of recent pricing trends in the property insurance, construction, and restoration industries.
As a reporter of market-specific pricing information for repairing or rebuilding structures and replacing personal property, Xactware conducts hundreds of thousands of industry surveys, and reviews millions of data points per year submitted through field estimates written by contractors and adjusters as well as electronic data feeds provided by retail merchants. This extensive library of research enables Xactware to provide a comprehensive report of important industry trends.
Material costs are highly variable and are sometimes impacted by factors such as fuel costs, changes to industry practices, or natural disasters. Xactware closely monitors a wide variety of material costs across the country to ensure its price lists reflect any recent changes to pricing.
In the fourth quarter of 2021, Xactware observed changes in six key material categories. Lumber material had the largest quarterly change, showing a decrease of 9.41 per cent. However, lumber also had the largest annual increase of 18.72 per cent since January 2021.
The Material Composite Index report tracks a combination of several commonly used material components, including floor covering, paint, and roofing among others. The index showed a 1.85 per cent decrease in the fourth quarter of 2021 and a 7.17 per cent increase since January 2021.
Xactware’s Pricing Data Services team also surveys thousands of contractors across the country each month to determine what they charge for labour. The labour cost of a Concrete Mason had the largest quarterly per cent change with a 5.38 per cent increase, while the labour cost of Mason Brick/Stone had the largest annual change with an 11.50 per cent increase.
The Retail Labour Index tracks a combination of several common trades, including floor covering, painting, and roofing. In the fourth quarter of 2021, the index showed a 2.04 per cent cost increase, and since January 2021 the index showed a 4.34 per cent cost increase.
The Combined Labour and Materials report is based on monthly building cost data published by Xactware. It comprises a set of commonly used items and may be used as an indicator of trends within the marketplace. The combination of labour and materials makes up the majority of Xactware price list items. Tracking the per cent change for the cost of these items provides a valuable gauge of the general market.
The Combined Labour and Materials report showed a cost decrease of 0.13 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2021 and a 10.80 per cent increase over the year.
Fuel costs are extremely volatile and are a factor in item pricing. High oil prices can push up the price of some raw materials. Fuel prices have decreased 4.70 per cent over the fourth quarter of 2021 and have increased 32.40 per cent since December 2020. Xactware’s Pricing Data Services carefully tracks fuel costs to ensure accurate pricing.
Since January 2021, lumber prices have increased by 18.72 per cent. During the fourth quarter of 2021 lumber prices decreased 9.41 per cent. Sheathing materials have shown a similar trend and have decreased 23.80 per cent from October 2021 to January 2022.
The Basket of Goods reports are also a good indicator of the impact that lumber costs have had on market pricing. Since January 2021, the Basket of Goods Labour & Material report has shown an increase of 10.80 per cent. When framing components are removed from this basket of goods, the report shows an increase of 11.72 per cent.
Since January 2021, the Basket of Goods Material report has shown an increase of 7.17 per cent. When framing components are removed from this basket of goods, the report shows an increase of 8.86 per cent.
Xactware is continually monitoring lumber materials and making warranted adjustments from focused surveys with suppliers for each monthly price list publication.
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 50.35 per cent. Xactware will continue to monitor this situation and report changes as they arise.
Annual Property Report
Xactware publishes annual property reports that focus on key trends during the previous calendar year. To order a copy of Xactware’s Property Report for Canada or the United States, please visit the Xactware Online Store.
Industry Trend Reports
Using Industry Trend Reports, Xactware customers can examine pricing trends on national, state or province, and local levels for key material and labour pricing changes in multiple trades. Trends can be viewed by the month or over extended periods of time. For more information about Xactware’s Industry Trend Reports, or to receive access to them, please contact your sales representative or call 1-800-424-9228.
Pricing Methodology White Paper
For more information about Xactware’s methodology for researching and publishing pricing information, please see the Pricing Research Methodology white paper on the eService Center.
Unless otherwise stated, the values reported in this bulletin are national averages for Canada and will vary from local prices.