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Cost Plus Billing
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What is Cost Plus Billing?

Cost Plus Billing in the construction industry refers to a method where the customer agrees to cover the actual costs, expenses and other direct costs of the construction project plus an additional sum for contractor’s overhead and profit. These typically include costs of materials, labor, and subcontractor charges. The agreement clearly establishes and defines what is constituted as cost, the overhead percentage, and the profit percentage, reducing the risk of any surprise costs. Essentially, the 'Cost' represents the direct costs of the construction, while the 'Plus' is the contractor's fee and is usually agreed upon as a fixed percentage of the total costs or as a target price with a shared savings clause.