First Quarter Prices Released, New Labor Rates

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New material costs have been posted. They are ready to download to your estimating software.

Also, new recommended Hourly Labor Rates (HLRs) have been posted.

Materials Costs Stay Relatively Level During 4th Quarter

  • Plywood costs stay level going down 5% in a few areas.
  • Stud costs rise by 3% or less across the board.
  • Dimensional lumber costs stay flat decreasing by less than 5% in a few areas.
  • Drywall costs unchanged.
  • Roofing costs decrease 5% except in the Northeast where prices stay high.
  • Insulation costs stay level.

Clear Estimates powered by RemodelMAX is the new tool trusted by Remodeling Magazine!

Our product was selected to provide cost estimates for Remodeling Magazine’s 2013 Cost vs Value survey

Each year Remodeling Magazine publishes a detailed survey showing 35 different remodeling projects with costs for over 80 different areas. This year Clear Estimates powered by RemodelMAX has been selected to prepare those estimates!

We have prepared a detailed construction estimate for each project, then adjusted these baseline cost for each city to account for regional pricing variations. Construction cost figures include labor, material, and subtrade expenses, plus industry-standard overhead and profit.

Resale value data for each project is aggregated from estimates provided by members of the National Association of REALTORS®. In cooperation with REALTOR® magazine, e-mail surveys containing project descriptions and three-dimensional illustrations, plus construction costs and median home price data for each city, are sent to some 150,000 appraisers, sales agents, and brokers.

The survey is primarily intended to show homeowners their return on investment for an assortment of remodeling projects.

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