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Cost of building garages and sheds: builder’s rates

Last updated: 13th Jun 2019

On average, building a garage or a shed costs around $50/hr in 2016. Prices can still go up depending on factors like the size of the structure or the kind of materials used, so you can expect the rates to go as high as $56/hr.

Where do these prices come from?

All prices stated in this article are based on FY 2016 pricing data compiled by The figures resulted from a comprehensive analysis of quotes submitted by Garage & Shed Installers on the site from July 2015 to July 2016.

Important building factors that could help shed unwanted costs

It is important to know the factors that could affect the cost of building a garage or shed. This way, you can budget properly for the project. Some of the things that should be considered when estimating costs are:


Naturally, a bigger garage or shed is more expensive to build compared to a smaller one. It also takes more time to finish — an important factor especially if you’ve hired your builder on a per-hour basis.

The cost of materials

High-quality materials cost more at the onset, but they will be more beneficial and cost-effective for you in the long run. Higher-quality materials are more durable and can withstand the elements longer than substandard ones.

Skills and experience of the builder

When you hire garage or shed builders, ensure that you hire only licensed businesses. They charge more for labour compared to unlicensed tradesmen, but they can assure you of high-quality workmanship.

Additional services

Services like automatic garage door installation, decorative concrete flooring, or garage painting are often not included in the initial quote that will be provided to you. If you’re looking to add these features to your garage, make sure to prepare a little extra to pay for them.

Photo from: Eastcoast Garages

Photo from: Eastcoast Garages

Cost of garages and sheds

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Shedding the facts on rate differences per state

Garage and shed builders in Queensland, Victoria, South Australia, and Western Australia charge the same average rate of approximately $50/hr. Meanwhile, prices are a little higher in New South Wales. Hiring a tradie to build your garage or shed in the state will cost you about $55/hr.

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Pricing information correct as at August 2016.

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