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Construction glossary

What is Underbilling?

Underbilling refers to a scenario in the construction industry where the actual costs incurred on a project surpass the billed amount for a specific time period. Often occurring unintentionally due to unexpected cost variations, it results in a deficit situation for the contractor. It is essentially an imbalance where the contractor has delivered more work or materials than they have billed the client for. Underbilling can strain cash flow and disrupt project schedules if not addressed promptly. While this might prove beneficial to the client in the short term, contractors need to ensure that they identify and rectify underbilling to maintain project profitability and financial stability.