The HomeBuilder construction boom has created a ‘ticking time bomb’ as surging costs of material and labour cuts profit margins in the building sector to the bone.
3 min readApril 22, 2021 - 9:49PM The Australian Business Network
The HomeBuilder construction boom has created a “ticking time bomb” as surging costs of material and labour cuts profit margins in the building sector to the bone.
Master Builders Queensland deputy chief executive Paul Bidwell says the surge in new home projects sparked by HomeBuilder grants could send more builders to the wall as the price of everything from timber and pipes to plumbers and roofing contractors increases.
He says the average cost of a $300,000 new home in south-east Queensland could increase by up to $30,000, which in many cases could not be passed onto customers by builders. Materials make up about 60 per cent of a building’s costs with labour making up the rest.