What are Fixed Costs?
Fixed costs, in the context of the construction industry, are the expenses that a contractor has to pay regardless of the level or volume of building activity. These costs, also known as overhead costs, remain constant and do not change with the fluctuations in work demand or project size. They typically include items such as rent or mortgages for office space, salaries for permanent staff, insurances, property tax, machinery depreciation, among other expenditures. The ability to manage fixed costs effectively is vital for a construction company's profitability and viability, as they represent a substantial portion of the total expenses.