Last year’s Queensland hailstorms, continuing soggy weather, shortage of tradespeople and effects of COVID-19 have brought about shortages and cost spikes for roofing repair insurance works within the southeastern parts of the state.
According to the RACQ General Manager Claims Mr Andrew Johnson, the Halloween storm that hit Springfield and nearby areas was one of the largest hailstorm events ever recorded in Queensland.
The insurance company has already received 7300 claims. About 3,250 of these relate to home claims with the majority of the claimants having damaged roofs.
“This event has been particularly hampered by ongoing poor weather and trade shortages due to domestic and international border restrictions relating to COVID-19,” Mr Johnson informed stormassist.com.au
“Government home building incentives and increased demand for home renovations is also putting extra pressure on the supply chain.”
RACQ reports that it has on-boarded additional builders though individual trades were still on high demand, and is considered the main reason for hiked costs.
“Ongoing climate impacts and shortages of trades provides governments an opportunity to look to increase apprenticeships or increase short-term skilled visas across the building industry, whilst still tackling broader mitigation issues,” Mr Johnson explained.
The Insurance Council of Australia has expressed concerns and is looking into the matter.
“The ICA has been in discussions with insurers, the building industry and government to find a workable solution,” their spokeswoman said.
Master Builders Queensland notes that the level of delays and cost increases differ based on the contractor, their location and their suppliers, though this remains a “very real problem” across the sector.
“While these shortages seem to be exacerbated in Brisbane off the back of events including last year’s Halloween storm at Springfield Lakes, we’re now being told the problem is spreading to the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast regions, and while the issues are different, regional Queensland is also not immune,” Deputy CEO Paul Bidwell noted recently.
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