How Much do Tradesmen Cost 


Part of your success as a renovator is dependent on the reliability and the work of all different sorts of trades people.

If you want to renovate for profit, you need good, reliable tradies and you need to know what to pay them  - what is realistic?

This guide provides you with information on the basic costing of each trade.

Bricklayers


Bricklayers can charge on an hourly rate $37-$53 per hour or a per brick basis $1 to $2 per brick depending on the size of the job. The current laying rate in Sydney is around $1.50 per brick but can be as high as $1.90.  The current rate is due to a shortage of bricklayers which has been driven by a sharp rise in construction activity. 
source: becomeabricklayer.com.au


A concreter will generally charge you around $50-$65 per hour.  You can get cheaper by using places like airtasker for smaller jobs.
source:www.realestate.com.au

Plasterers


Plasterers usually charge on a per square meter basis.
As an indicative price plasters in Melbourne can cost:
Dry Wall: $20-37 per sq meter
Hard-wall: $30-70 per sq meter
source: www.payscale.com

Electrician


Expect to pay north of $85 per hour for the work they undertake.
source: au.indeed.com

Joiner/Cabinet maker/Kitchen installer


Getting a good joiner to come out for a house call will cost you at least $55 per hour.  Try picking up a retired builder or handyman  - they cost a lot less but some have great skills
Source: www.realestate.com.au

Landscaper


Landscapers will charge a minimum of $55 per hour.
source: hipages.com.au

Painter

Painters traditionally charge on a per square meter basis, based on what needs to be painted and where. They usually charge upwards of $45 per hour.
source: www.canstar.com.au

Plumber


Plumbers’ rates are typically $80+ an hour.
source: www.serviceseeking.com.au

Tiler


Generally a good tiler will cost you between $25-$80 per hour, (Huge range right but huge range in jobs and quality too) Ask the tiler to quote for the entire job rather than on an hourly basis and your local tile shop is a great place for a recommendation  or in our insider property chat group
source: www.servicecentral.com.au

Carpenters


Carpenters traditionally charge between $32 and $55 per hour.   Be careful – you get what you pay for…..source: www.payscale.com

Fencers







Fencers normally charge on a per lineal meter basis. The cost of fencing can be estimated as $60-$120 per linear meter, depending on height and type of wood.
source:hipages.com.au

You may have a very specific budget that you’ll need to stick to, so finding the right price for any type of trade or service is essential.

By working together with the tradesmen who are interested in your job and communicating exactly what you need, you will be able to negotiate the best price possible and compare it with the others you’ve received.

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