January 2012 Price List Update Now Available

 — January 4, 2012 — 

The January 2012 price list updates for more than 460 regions in the United States and Canada are now available for download.

On Jan. 2, manufacturers announced increases for wholesale drywall prices. The January price list publication reflects information from surveys conducted with retail vendors in the last two weeks of December and does not take in to account price increases that occur after the time of this publication. We are continuing to monitor market prices and will report any changes in drywall material pricing as they occur at the retail level, possibly within an interim price list publication. In the meantime, we recommend that users verify and, if warranted, modify drywall material pricing within their estimates.

A summary of price changes reported in this update are as follows (national average changes, which have been reported since the December 2011 price list publication and over the last 12 months):

 Dec to JanLast Year
Common Labor and Material 0.04% 0.16% 1.39% 1.05%
Retail Labor Rates -0.09% -0.02% 1.15% 0.89%
Common Material Only 0.05% 0.17% 1.12% 0.87%
Common Lumber Material 0.21% 0.47% -0.32% -0.78%
30-yr. Laminated Shingle Labor and Material -0.71% -0.81% 7.79% -3.97%

Pricing research for the January 2012 publication compared to December 2011 shows the Labor and Material report, which measures common material and labor used in claims and remodeling, increased slightly in the United States and Canada. The Retail Labor Rates report decreased in both countries. The Common Material Only and Common Lumber Material reports rose across North America. The 30-Year Laminated Shingle Labor and Material report fell in the United States and Canada. The information reported here is based on a national average, and it is important to note that actual changes will vary within each individual pricing market.

It is also important to remember Xactware's published pricing information is based on recently completed surveys and estimate transactions.

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.

Pricing feedback

Please report any price changes to Xactware as soon as possible. We will then adjust any information that can be independently verified for inclusion in future price list publications. Pricing feedback can be submitted from Xactimate and online at https://www.xactanalysis.com/. You can also send emails directly to Xactware's Pricing Team at:

Gasoline prices decrease in the U.S. and Canada

Since the December 2011 publication, gasoline prices have decreased 1.48 percent in the United States and 0.17 percent in Canada. Over the last year, gasoline prices have increased 6.75 percent in the United States and 5.40 percent in Canada. Because gasoline prices can change rapidly, Xactware recommends users monitor their local costs to determine whether repair or construction costs have been affected.

For further details, see the U.S. Department of Energy website at: www.eia.doe.gov/oil_gas/petroleum/data_publications/wrgp/mogas_history.html.

Comparative prices (national averages) for the last month are as follows:

  Nov 28 Dec 26 Nov 29 Dec 27
Gasoline National Average $3.307 $3.258 $1.192 $1.190

* Canada prices are per liter

Changes to the January price list

Customers can view specific changes to the price lists by logging on to the eService Center. XactAnalysis customers can see specific changes by viewing the Price List Changes report in the Industry Trend Reports section. This same report can be found in the Featured Highlights section of the eService Center.

Downloading a price list in Xactimate

You must be a registered Xactimate user to access price lists this way:

  • Click Services in the menu bar of the Control Center tab. Select Request Price List from XactNet, and then click Xactware Price List.
  • From the Request Price List window, enter the country, state/province, and city for the price list you would like to download. If you would like to receive the ZIP/Postal code table that goes with the requested price list, then check this box as well.
  • After making your selections, click Download Now.
  • A window will appear advising you the price lists have been downloaded and are now available for use in Xactimate. Click OK.