Tradie price check
The Australian Services Buyers Guide 2012 has been produced by ServiceSeeking.com.au, which circulates job requests to tradies – who pay a membership fee for the opportunity to quote.
In general, prices have risen about $5-10 an hour compared with the previous year.
General Manager, RentCover, Sharon Fox-Slater warned it was important to check the credentials and insurance status of anyone offering trade services.
According to the guide:
Painting is a relative bargain – with quotes averaging $40 an hour, including paint, and the highest quotes at $56 an hour.
Roofers quote an average of $55 an hour.
Plumbers at an average of $70 per hour, topping sparkies at $65 and carpenters at $50.Photographers have a particularly wide range of rates, from $50 to $250 an hour – with an average of $110.
Pest control at an average fee of $150 an hour and maximum of $350.
Paving, at an average of $30 per square metre is less expensive than tiling at $35 a square metre – both excluding materials.
Gardeners charge more than cleaners – with average rates of $45 an hour against $31.
Fencing averaged at $58 a metre.
- Quotes to install air conditioners averaged $75 an hour.