Scaffold hire prices:

  • Cost to scaffold a one-storey house is typically between $2,000 – $4,000 ex GST
  • Cost to scaffold a two-storey house is typically between $2,000 – $4,000 ex GST
  • Average weekly scaffold hire cost is between $250 -$400 ex GST
  • Minimum weekly scaffold hire cost is between $140 ex GST

Cost to scaffold a house

Whether you’re building a new home or renovating, you’ll most likely need some degree of scaffolding to complete exterior work on the house safely. Usually, scaffolders are the first trade-in and the last out, so factoring them into the budget early on is essential to avoid building delays.

This article discusses the cost of hiring scaffolding for a 2 storey house and a 1 story house. It also discusses the factors affecting the cost of scaffolding hire and how we set our prices.

The cost to hire residential scaffolding depends on several factors:

  • The height of your building
  • The length of the scaffolding job
  • The scope of the building project
  • The job site environment

This article discusses the cost of hiring residential scaffolding and the factors affecting the price of your project. Keep in mind the prices outlined in this article are only a guide, and we recommend contacting us directly for an accurate quote.

Average cost of scaffolding hire

What is the average price for scaffolding? We set our scaffolding hire prices based on industry standards. Most scaffolders will consider these standards while also factoring in the required experience, skill, and other factors. In Australia, the average cost of scaffolding will depend on daily or weekly hire:

Average cost (weekly)

Hiring scaffolding weekly will generally work out cheaper than daily hire. When you’re looking to hire scaffolding for a week, expect a quote between $250 -$400 ex GST. The exact price will vary depending on the amount of scaffolding needed, access, and project location.

Minimum cost (weekly)

Again the minimum weekly cost will depend on the type of job, scaffolding height, and other factors. However, expect to pay $140 ex GST each week for a basic scaffolding job. This minimum charge helps to cover yard costs such as counting, packing, loading, unpacking and recounting the scaffolding before and after every job.

Maximum cost (weekly)

It’s almost impossible to quote the maximum weekly cost without knowing the project requirements. For a precise scaffolding quote, we recommend contacting us.

How do you calculate scaffolding cost?

To help us guide the costs of rates and taxes applied to scaffolding hire, we need to consider a range of factors, to provide an accurate quote. We assess the type of job (including length), property access, travel time, and labour costs. We also look at the type of solution required (eg. Aluminium Scaffold versus Steel Scaffold) We set our prices based on the work required and consider industry prices. When developing our prices, we also factor in safety protocols, permits, and quality assurance for scaffolding stability.

How long does it take to erect residential scaffolding?

The time it takes to put up the frame will depend on the size of the property, and the access to the site and difficulty of the job. The industry average recommends expecting anywhere from 4 -48 hours to assemble residential scaffolding.

How much does it cost to scaffold a one-storey house?

The average house in Australia has a ceiling height of 2.4m and generally requires scaffolding 2-3m high. In that case, the cost to scaffold an entire one-storey home will typically cost between $2,000 – $4,000 ex GST.

How much does it cost to scaffold a two-story house?

A standard two-storey home typically requires scaffolding 4-6m high. The cost to fully wrap an entire house, including labour, transport and 1 week of hire will typically be between $4,000 and $8,000 ex GST.

How much does it cost to scaffold large property?

When a house does exceed a height of 6m, the cost of the structure will increase. Expect to pay upwards of $8,000 – $14,000 ex GST for properties requiring scaffolding over 4m high.

How much does it cost to scaffold uneven terrain on a property?

As we mentioned at the start of this article, scaffolding on sloping, uneven and difficult blocks can be complex and may translate to extra costs. The exact cost will depend on the severity of the slop and the stability of the ground. We recommend contacting us for an accurate quote on your sloping block property.

Cost of scaffolding

Factors affecting the cost of scaffold

We’ve already discussed height as a significant factor affecting the cost of scaffolding. However, it’s also essential to consider the following cost of scaffold factors:

Labour hire

Labour costs factor in the staff required to erect and dismantle scaffolding onsite, as well as the labour required to count, pack, load, unload, recount and unpack before and after every job. Generally, larger jobs need a bigger team to assemble and disassemble the structure and deliver and pick up the equipment.


Building a new home may require an entire house wrap scaffolding around all sides, whereas a renovation may only need structures on one or two walls. The cost of scaffold hire will be cheaper for one wall than scaffolding all four walls of a house.

Transport costs

When estimating the cost of a scaffolding job, we have to consider the time it will take to reach the property, as well as the weight of the scaffolding it is carrying. The closer the project is to Newcastle, the lower the travel costs. We complete jobs across regional NSW; however, you should expect additional charges to cover travel and delivery costs.

Site access

Sufficient space and access to a property can significantly reduce the labour costs associated with a project. If a job requires scaffolding down narrow alleyways or on public land, labour costs may increase as building the structure will take additional time and risk.

Type of land

We can work on sloping blocks, uneven ground, and complex blocks, but the price will be higher. The scaffolding may require extensive customisation, which adds labour costs.

Scaffold Computing platform

ALTA utilises two main computing platform softwares to improve our day to day operations, and to assist with the scaffolding cost estimate.


iScaf is a 2D/3D design program that rapidly speeds up the design, inventory requirement and quotation process when quoting scaffold jobs – especially on a large scale. IScaf is an Australian (Melbourne) based company with a really good product backed onto the autoCAD engine – autoCAD is a very reputable 3D modelling program utilised by small and large scale construction design teams.


Scaflog is a day-to-day operations program. This program provides us a front to back solution in regards to operations – Quotations, CRM, HR, Scheduling, Timesheets, Compliance and Monitoring capabilities. Scaflog is a NZ based company. ALTA is using the Scaflog program as part of our operations, and we are excited for this to be the backbone of the full fledged solution to some of our back of house complications.

Where to hire residential scaffolding in Newcastle?

At Atla Scaffolding, we have a range of residential scaffolding solutions, including adjustable scaffolding and affordable mobile scaffolding towers. If you’re looking for a reliable scaffolding business in or around Newcastle, contact us for a free quote.


  • Joshua Knight

    Joshua Knight is the General Manager at ALTA Scaffolding, and has extensive experience with scaffolding hire for commercial, high-rise, residential and mining projects in the Newcastle, NSW area.

Joshua Knight

Joshua Knight is the General Manager at ALTA Scaffolding, and has extensive experience with scaffolding hire for commercial, high-rise, residential and mining projects in the Newcastle, NSW area.

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