Cheaper tradies could spark more work
A NEW trades survey has named Queensland as the only state where the cost of renovation has dropped.
The latest Renovation Consumers Price Index put the average cost of a Queensland tradesman at $60.56 per hour last quarter, down 1 per cent.
Combined with low interest rates, it could see a surge in building activity.
The ServiceSeeking.com.au index found the drop was pro- pelled by two major trades dropping their rates last quarter. Plumbers were charging 2.1 per cent less at $76.49 an hour, while landscaping charges fell a whopping 15.8 per cent to $83.93 an hour.
ServiceSeeking. com. au chief executive Jeremy Levitt said Queensland’s average charges were now level with the national average.
“Two quarters ago, Queensland was the most expensive state to renovate in,” he said. “It’s a good time to renovate.”
The data came off 52,000 quotes provided by tradies on ServiceSeeking.com.au, with the Index tracking the 10 most popular renovation industries.
Figures showed some trades – such as plumbing, concreting, carpentry and flooring – were more expensive in Brisbane than the rest of the state.
Electricians, tilers and pavers were cheaper in the capital.