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15 MAR 2018

Resource cost increases for painting and decorating and small works

Resource cost increases for painters and decorators have pushed up rates for this work between 1% and 2% in the past year, while costs for contractors working on domestic extensions and the like have seen rates generally rise by between 2% and 5%.

All recent changes to wage rates, plant and materials prices, and revisions to adjustment factors can be found in the updated 2018 BCIS resource datasets:

  • BCIS Painting and Decorating 2018 (available online and in hard copy) provides the most reliable prices to the painting and decorating sector. The general trend has seen painting and decorating trade prices rise around 2%. The pricing information is current as at December 2017.
  • BCIS Guide to Estimating for Small Works 2018 (available in hard copy) is a unique dataset which shows the true power of resource based estimating. The general trend in this sector has seen, on average, prices rise around 5.1%, however the picture is not the same across all trades. For example, the costs of glass, lead and copper, have increased by an average of 10% over the last 12 months. The pricing information is current as at December 2017.

The online version of the painting and decorating dataset (schedule of rates online) is accessible vis computer, netbook or tablet. It allows subscribers to create, save and reuse abstracts for bills of quantities, or estimates and have the option of adjusting rates for location and base date as well as providing rate breakdowns.

The BCIS Painting and Decorating 2018 (hard copy) and the BCIS Guide to Estimating for Small Works 2018 are available from RICS books.