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What is Actual Cost?

Actual cost, in the construction industry, refers to the accurate amount reasonably spent on a project. This includes every expense incurred during the planning, development, and execution phases. The actual cost often encompasses material expenses, labor charges, equipment costs, and any additional overhead related to the project. For instance, the cost of bricks, cement, construction tools, and an hourly wage for workers constitutes the actual cost. It may differ from the estimated cost due to unforeseen circumstances or changes in the project scope. Monitoring the actual cost is vital for maintaining a project's budget and preventing financial oversights.