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Construction glossary

What is Markup?

Markup in the construction industry refers to the percentage increase added to the actual costs of construction projects to determine the selling price. The markup covers overhead expenses, such as administrative costs, and ensures the contractor makes a profit from the project. The percentage can vary greatly based on factors like the complexity of the project, competition in the local market, and the contractor's reputation and experience. Careful consideration is needed when deciding the markup as too high can make a contractor's bid uncompetitive, while too low may not cover all expenses or allow for a reasonable profit margin. A good understanding of the project, accurate cost estimations, and market research are crucial for determining an appropriate markup.