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, Verisk conducts hundreds of thousands of industry surveys, and reviews more than 100 million 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 Verisk to provide a comprehensive report of important industry trends.
Fuel cost increases were included in the Retail Labor Rates for the April 2022 publication based on the national average increase of fuel between February 28, 2022 and March 28, 2022. Retail Labor Rates for the USA were increased a minimum of $0.60 per hour and in Canada a minimum of $0.68 per hour. More detailed information can be found in the following news release: Gasoline Price Increases for USA and Canada and their impact on Verisk Pricing Data.
Material costs are highly variable and are sometimes impacted by factors such as fuel costs, changes to industry practices, or natural disasters. Verisk closely monitors a wide variety of material costs across the country to ensure its price lists reflect any recent changes to pricing.
In the first quarter of 2022, Verisk observed increases in six key material categories. Lumber Material had the largest quarterly increase of 41.75 percent, and Interior Trim Material had the largest annual increase of 29.40 percent since April 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 an 11.65 percent cost increase in the first quarter of 2022 and 16.49 percent cost increase since April 2021.
Verisk’s Pricing Data Services team also surveys thousands of contractors across the country each month to determine what they charge for labor. The labor cost of a Siding Installer had the largest quarterly percent change with a 3.62 percent increase, as well as the highest annual percent change with a 22.86 percent increase.
The Retail Labor Index report tracks a combination of several common trades, including floor covering, painting, and roofing. In the first quarter of 2022 the index showed a 2.90 percent cost increase, and since April 2021 the index showed a 10.40 percent cost increase.
The individual trades that contribute to the Retail Labor Index varied in their percent change over the quarter. The most significant quarterly change occurred in the labor cost of a Cleaning Technician which increased 5.03 percent since January 2022.
The Combined Labor and Materials report is based on monthly building cost data published by Verisk. It comprises a set of commonly used items and may be used as an indicator of trends within the marketplace. The combination of labor and materials makes up the majority of Verisk price list items. Tracking the percent change for the cost of these items provides a valuable gauge of the general market.
The Combined Labor and Materials report showed a cost increase 6.91 percent in the first quarter of 2022 and a 12.90 percent increase since April 2021.
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 costs increased 29.00 percent during the first quarter of 2022 and have increased by 48.00 percent since April 2021. Verisk’s Pricing Data Services carefully tracks fuel costs to ensure accurate pricing.
Since April 2021, lumber prices have increased by 28.65 percent. During the first quarter of 2022 lumber prices have continued to increase, showing an upward trend of 41.80 percent. Sheathing materials have also increased 57.90 percent from January 2022 to April 2022.
The Basket of Goods reports are also a good indicator of the impact that lumber costs have had on market pricing. Since April 2021, the Basket of Goods Labor & Material report has shown an increase of 12.90 percent. When framing components are removed from this basket of goods, the report shows an increase of 12.09 percent.
Since April 2022, the Basket of Goods Material report has shown an increase of 16.50 percent. When framing components are removed from this basket of goods, the report shows an increase of 13.80 percent.
Verisk is continually monitoring lumber materials and making warranted adjustments from focused surveys with suppliers for each monthly price list publication.
Annual Property Report
Verisk publishes annual property reports that focus on key trends during the previous calendar year. To order a copy of Verisk’s Property Report for the United States or Canada, please visit the Verisk Online Store.
Industry Trend Reports
Using Industry Trend Reports, Verisk customers can examine pricing trends on national, state or province, and local levels for key material and labor pricing changes in multiple trades. Trends can be viewed by the month or over extended periods of time. For more information about Verisk’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 Verisk’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 the United States and will vary from local prices.
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