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Time-and-Material billing
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What is Time-and-Material Billing?

Time-and-material billing is a method used in the construction industry where a client is charged based on the actual cost of labor and materials for a project, along with an added markup for the contractor's profit. This approach promotes transparency as customers directly pay for the time spent on the project and materials used. The advantage of this method is the flexibility it provides - if a project scope is unclear or likely to change, it can be more efficient than a fixed-price model. However, it also contains a risk for the client, with a chance that costs could increase if the construction takes longer or requires more resources than estimated. It requires meticulous tracking of working hours, materials, and equipment used. The client also needs to keep an eye on the project to avoid unnecessary costs.