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Material Overhead
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What is Material Overhead?

Material Overhead in the construction industry refers to the indirect costs associated with handling and storing materials used for construction projects. This can encompass a wide range of expenses, such as the cost of storage facilities or warehouses, transportation and delivery costs, insurance, equipment maintenance and repair, and any costs associated with waste disposal or recycling. From a more managerial financial standpoint, material overhead can also include costs related to procurement processes, such as the salaries and benefits of the staff involved in purchasing and inventory management. Accurately calculating and managing material overhead costs is critical in the construction industry, as these costs can greatly affect a project's overall budget and profitability.