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What are Direct Costs?

Direct costs in the construction industry refer to the expenses directly related to the actual building process. These essential expenditures are easily traceable to a specific project and vary based on the size or scope of work. Examples include raw materials (like concrete, steel, wood), labor costs that involve wages for the construction crew, equipment hire, and subcontractor fees. If a cost can be directly allocated to a particular construction job and affects the final total bid price for the project, it is considered a direct cost. Management of direct costs is crucial for financial efficiency and profitability.