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Applied Overhead
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What is Applied Overhead?

Applied overhead, in the context of the construction industry, refers to the allocation of indirect costs incurred during the construction project. These costs can include utilities, rent, salaries of non-project staff, equipment depreciation, or insurance. These costs do not directly contribute to a specific project but rather the operation of the business as a whole. In construction, these costs are typically distributed to each job based on a formula that might involve labor costs, materials cost, or some other fair measure. Understanding applied overhead is integral to accurate job costing and ensuring a construction project's profitability. Managing and accurately tracking these expenses can mean the difference between a successful construction project and one that loses money. Hence, applied overhead is a crucial financial aspect of any construction project.