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Repair and maintenance cost increases

Published: 09/03/2022

The maintenance and repair of buildings is an important contributor to the UK economy – according to a recent BCIS report1, maintenance expenditure in the UK accounts for just under 3% of the country’s GDP.

The BCIS Building Maintenance Prices dataset2 represents current prices for maintenance and repair work and as such, provides a realistic and useful source of vital maintenance cost information for estimating and pricing.

The latest edition of the BCIS Building Maintenance dataset 2022 indicates prices in the building maintenance and repair sector have risen on average by 3.9% between January 2021 and January 2022. There is a significant variation between trades and items. The individual rates in woodwork section, for example, increased between 3.5% and 29.8%. This highlights the importance of using the most up-to-date datasets to ensure accurate cost estimates.

The four examples below show the ranges of price changes for selected trades from January 2021 to January 2022.


Building maintenance and repair works (% change in rates from Jan 2021 – Jan 2022):

The 2022 dataset includes rates for new items including:

  • Repair and renewal of solar roof panel
  • Forming new rooflight opening
  • Expanded items on door replacement
  • Extended rates on lightings under Electrical section

Covid-19 and Brexit continue to create significant challenges and disruptions for many industries. Building maintenance sector have been experiencing supply chain disruptions leading to substantial annual price rises for certain materials and labour shortages due to restrictions.

1 The full Economic significance of maintenance report 2022 is published in the Briefing section, as part of the BCIS OpX.

2 The Building Maintenance Prices dataset is also available as part of the BCIS OpX.


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