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Overhead Allocation
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What is Overhead Allocation?

Overhead Allocation in the construction industry refers to the process of distributing indirect costs or overheads related to a project, amongst the various direct cost items within the project. This process allows all associated project costs to be accurately reflected, providing a holistic understanding of a project's total expenses. Overhead costs could include equipment rents, electricity, insurance costs, etc. The allocation can be based on certain criteria like the rate of resource consumption. It's a fundamental aspect of financial management, allowing the accurate pricing of projects, assisting in budgeting, and providing key insights that can guide decision-making.