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Navigating Rising House Rebuilding Costs
Kelly Ohlmus

Navigating Rising House Rebuilding Costs

Tips on how trade pros can thrive in a market with increasing rebuilding costs, labour shortages, and high demand.

The recent news that the average cost of rebuilding a house has risen by 12% over the past year carries implications for tradespeople across the construction industry.

According to a report by the Society of Chartered Surveyors in Ireland (SCSI), this increase is driven by a variety of factors, including a shortage of construction labour and high demand for builders. While this news presents challenges, it also brings opportunities for those in the trades.

First and foremost, it's vital to acknowledge the current state of the construction market. The rising costs of rebuilding are a result of a perfect storm, with increased demand and labour shortages driving up prices.

Chartered Quantity Surveyor Kevin Brady rightly points out that it can be difficult to find labour or subcontractors, particularly in the electrical, plumbing, and heating sectors. This means that tradesmen are in high demand, and their expertise is needed more than ever.

For tradespeople, the challenge lies in navigating this rapidly changing landscape. Rising material prices for products like concrete, insulation, windows, and plumbing components can put pressure on budgets and timelines. It is essential for trade professionals to keep a close eye on these cost drivers, find ways to source materials efficiently, and perhaps explore alternative, cost-effective options.

Read: Building Material Costs and Price Trends

Dublin leads the way in terms of the highest rebuilding costs per square meter, while the north-west boasts the lowest costs. Tradesmen working in different regions should be aware of these variations and adapt their pricing strategies accordingly. It's crucial to offer competitive rates without compromising on the quality of work, as homeowners may be more price-sensitive in areas where rebuilding costs are high.

One key takeaway from the SCSI report is the importance of homeowners having sufficient insurance. As rebuild costs increase, homeowners must ensure that their policies cover the full cost of reconstruction in the event of a total or partial loss.

This is where tradespeople can play a significant role by providing accurate estimates for insurance purposes. By offering professional guidance and assessments, you can help homeowners make informed decisions and ensure they are adequately covered.



Tradespeople can also be proactive in educating homeowners about the difference between valuations and rebuilding costs. It's essential that clients understand that undervaluing their insurance could lead to out-of-pocket expenses in case of property damage. By taking the time to explain these nuances, you can build trust with clients and help them make more informed decisions.

In conclusion, the news of rising house rebuilding costs may pose challenges for tradesmen, but it also presents opportunities. The demand for skilled professionals is at an all-time high, and those who can navigate the evolving market dynamics and provide valuable services will thrive.

It's important to stay informed about material cost trends, adapt pricing strategies to regional variations, and help homeowners make informed insurance decisions. By doing so, tradesmen can turn challenges into opportunities and continue to be pillars of the construction industry in an ever-changing landscape.


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