The Courier-Mail

Cheaper tradies could spark more work

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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.

 ??  ?? FAMILY SHOCK: Jennifer Hawkins with her mother Gail, who is battling cancer and will have an operation tomorrow to have one of her kidneys removed.
FAMILY SHOCK: Jennifer Hawkins with her mother Gail, who is battling cancer and will have an operation tomorrow to have one of her kidneys removed.

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