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MATERIAL AND LABOR PRICING DATA

Pricing Updates

Verisk's Pricing Data

LEHI, Utah — January 1, 2023 — The January 2023 price list updates for more than 460 regions in the United States and Canada are now available for download.

Pricing News — 2023 - January

January General Updates

Pricing research for the January 2023 publication shows that average costs for labor and materials in the United States in claims and remodeling increased in key pricing components.  Since January 2022, the Drywall Material report showed the largest increase of 13.59 percent in the United States, while the 30-yr. Laminated Shingle Labor and Material report increased 11.96 percent.  In Canada, the 30-yr. Laminated Shingle Labor and Material report showed the largest increase of 13.99 percent, while the Retail Labor Rates had the next largest increase at 9.35 percent and the Drywall Material increased 8.32 percent. 

Since our December 2022 publication, the Drywall Material report showed the largest increase of 1.74 percent in the United States.  The 30-yr. Laminated Shingle Labor and Material report increased 0.83 percent, and the Retail Labor Rates increased 0.82 percent in Canada. The Common Lumber Material continued to drop, decreasing 2.80 percent in the United States and 2.42 percent in Canada since December 2022.

2023 Jan Month Percent Change Of Major Categories

2023 Jan Year Percent Change Of Major Categories

All reported percent changes are based on the averages that have been reported since either the December 2022 price list publication or from January 2022 to January 2023.  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 Verisk’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 Trend

2023 Jan Overall Lumber Trend

2023 Jan Us Sheathing Trend

2023 Jan Ca Sheathing Trend

Since January 2022, lumber prices have decreased 5.13 percent in the United States and 4.69 percent in Canada.  Sheathing materials have followed a similar trend, showing a decrease of 8.52 percent in the United States and 8.50 percent in Canada since January 2022. 

Local Market Conditions

Verisk 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 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 United States and Canada

Since the December 2022 publication, gasoline prices decreased 12.54 percent in the United States and 8.60 percent in Canada.  When compared to January 2022, gasoline prices have decreased 5.60 percent in the United States and increased 0.50 percent in Canada.    

2023 Jan Fuel Changes

Because gasoline prices can change rapidly, Verisk recommends estimators monitor their local costs to determine whether repair or construction costs are affected.  For further details, see the United States Department of Energy website.   

United States

Canada*

 

Dec. 26, 2022

Nov. 28, 2022

Dec. 27, 2022

Nov. 29, 2022

Gasoline National Average<

3.091

    3.534

     1.434

     1.569

                                                                                                * Canada prices are per liter

Year over year fuel cost changes are now negative in the United States; this is the first time this has occurred since February 1st 2021. Year over year costs in Canada are now close to zero, a level not seen since January 26th 2021. From 2021 to 2023 gasoline peaked at an increase of 63 percent in the United States and 65 percent in Canada.

2023 Jan Us Fuel Trends

2023 Jan Ca Fuel Trends

Top 200 Items Trend

The Top 200 Items by Total Spend increased 0.35 percent in the United States and 0.16 percent in Canada since the December 2022 price list publication.  An increase of 11.28 percent was shown in the United States and 12.33 percent in Canada since the January 2022 price list publication.

The Top 200 Items by Total Use increased 0.43 percent in the United States and 0.46 percent in Canada since the December 2022 price list publication.  An increase of 9.86 percent was shown in the United States and 10.26 percent in Canada since the January 2022 price list publication.

The Top Items by Use represents the items that were the most used in claims coming through our system and the Top Items by Spend represents the items that had the highest total spend.

2023 Jan Us Top Items Trend

2023 Jan Ca Top Items Trend

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.  The contents team have added Overstock as a new vendor in Canada.

United States

Vendors

140

General Quote Items

6,336

Master Item List Items

28,748,389

Retired Items

416,083

 

Canada

Vendors

55

General Quote Items

6,313

Master Item List Items

7,472,014

Retired Items

332,210

Changes to the January Price List

  • EXC (Excavation) - Item added for snow/safety fence.
  • HMR (Hazardous Material Remediation) - Add-on item added for confined space blasting.
  • WTR (Water Extraction & Remediation) - Add on item added for confined space blasting.

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.  Estimators are encouraged to mark their estimates complete for program and non-program work to provide their pricing feedback information 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.

Verisk Industry Trends Bulletin Key Pricing Trends

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 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 Verisk to provide a comprehensive report of important industry trends.

Pricing News — 2023 - 1st Quarter

Materials

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 Fourth Quarter of 2022, Veriskobserved changes in six key material categories. Interior Trim Material had the largest quarterly increase, showing an increase of 4.02 percent.  Interior Trim Material also had the largest yearly change, showing an increase of 22.05 percent. Roofing Material also showed a large annual increase of 16.52 percent.  Lumber Material had the largest annual decrease of 5.13 percent since January 2022.

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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 1.24 percent cost decrease in the Fourth Quarter of 2022 but a 7.76 percent cost increase since January 2022.

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Labor

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 Concrete Mason had the largest quarterly percent change with a 3.67 percent increase while Flooring Installers had the largest annual change with an 11.04 percent increase.  The cost of Drywall Installers also had a large annual increase of 10.98 percent.

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The Retail Labor Composite Index report tracks a combination of several common trades, including floor covering, painting, and roofing. In the Fourth Quarter of 2022, the index showed a 2.20 percent cost increase, and since January 2022 the index showed a 9.38 percent cost increase.

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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 Stucco Installer which increased 5.12 percent since October 2022.

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Combined Trends

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. This 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 an increase of 0.50 percent in the Fourth Quarter of 2022 and an 8.22 percent increase since January 2022.

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Fuel Costs

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 decreased 14.78 percent over the Fourth Quarter of 2022 and have decreased by 1.77 percent since January 2022. Verisk’s Pricing Data Services carefully tracks fuel costs to ensure accurate pricing.

Year over year fuel cost changes are now negative in the United States; this is the first time this has occurred since February 1st 2021. From 2021 to 2023 gasoline peaked at an increase of 63 percent.

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Lumber

Since January 2022, lumber prices have decreased by 5.13 percent. During the Fourth Quarter of 2022 lumber prices have continued to decrease, showing a downward trend of 9.98 percent. Sheathing materials have also decreased 14.82 percent from October 2022 to January 2023.

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Vkus23023 Pe Q1 Itr Lumber Trend V1

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Lumber Material costs are now only 4.17% higher than they were two years ago after costs showing over a 75% increase from January 2021 to July 2021. Costs peaked again in April 2022 showing an increase of over 40% before declining 33% from April to January 2023.

Lumber is the only key material to show a decrease for the year decreasing 5.13%, while the other key material costs increased 13.56% on average. Although lumber has not seen a cost increase in the past nine months, it still remains 60.66% higher than where it was pre-pandemic. Interior trim is the only key material to show a similar increase, increasing 56.82% since March 2020.

Basket of Goods

The Basket of Goods reports are also a good indicator of the impact that lumber costs have had on market pricing. Since January 2022, the Basket of Goods Labor & Material report has shown an increase of 8.22 percent. When framing components are removed from this basket of goods, the report shows an increase of 9.57 percent.

Since January 2022, the Basket of Goods Material report has shown an increase of 7.76 percent. When framing components are removed from this basket of goods, the report shows an increase of 10.92 percent.

Verisk is continually monitoring lumber materials and making warranted adjustments from focused surveys with suppliers for each monthly price list publication.

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Where to Learn More

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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