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Associate Tax Lawyer

Irish Tax Institute

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Shortage of Builders fuelling rising refurb costs

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Shortage of Builders fuelling rising refurb costs

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 

Shortage of Builders fuelling rising refurb costs

Rising property prices, Central Bank lending rules and soaring rental costs are stymieing would-be housebuyers looking to acquire their first home or even trade up.

The only affordable hope for some is to either buy a wreck and embark on a refurbishment, or to stay put and adapt and extend.

Increasing Building Costs

Builders’ costs now appear to have taken off. The example is given of a renovation in Dublin 6 - The builder’s quote for an extension and refurb to a period redbrick almost identical to one it is currently carrying out a few doors up, came in 20 per cent higher than the one currently under way, reflecting a 20 per cent increase in the cost of a refurb in just 12 months. It was the same or higher with four other tenders sought for the same job.

Another builder advises that you secure a builder now if you’re planning a domestic build, as it is going to get more difficult to find one.

Kevin Hollingsworth, a building surveyor and member of the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI), anticipates a “mini bubble” in tender prices. “Prices are rising and quite drastically. It’s evidence of the mass skills exodus we saw when the downturn hit. Now as people seek to do normal domestic upgrades and extensions there aren’t enough builders to meet demand. In the same way there aren’t enough houses to meet normal market requirements.”

Education and Apprenticeship Programmes for School Leavers

The only way the shortage will be tackled is through the reintroduction of formal education and apprenticeship programmes for school leavers. It could also be an opportune time for some of our economic exiles to plan a return – if the hard landing of the crash hasn’t deterred them indefinitely from returning to these shores, that is.


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Source: Irish Times via Construction Industry Federation Newsletter ~ News Brick (CIF)

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