[Construction, Budgeting]: Indicative Cost Components of a typical Home Construction



A typical dream home construction of one's choice would require certain budget to carry out and finish the construction works.

One would require to properly estimate and workout a budget, which not only helps him/her in arranging the requisite funds at respective time schedules, but also assist the home owner to check if he/she is exceeding his/her pocket.

To plan and foresee the estimated costs, one would require to have certain amount of knowledge so as to have a basic understanding of things as well as tools to monitor the expenses involved.

Indicative Cost Components of a typical Home Construction

India's premier cement manufacturing company, ACC 's website, furnishes a very nice graphical representation of the typical breakup and contributing percentage of each of the major cost-head that is involved in incurring expenses during the construction of a home.

The graphical representation provides a broad estimate of the cost of materials, labour and other items as a percentage of the total expenditure.

Typical cost components of a home construction

The illustration lists the cost heads and respective cost components as following:
  1. Design fees  -  3 to 5%
  2. Contractors' payments, etc.  -  up to 12%
  3. Earthworks (excavation, back filling, disposal of surplus soil, etc.)  - 2 to 6%
  4. Cement  -  10 to 14%
  5. Sand  -  3 to 5%
  6. Stone aggregates (stone metal chips)  -  2 to 4%
  7. Water  -  up to 2%
  8. Rebar / Reinforcement steel  -  up to 6%
  9. Masonry  -  8 to 10%
  10. Flooring  -  3 to 7%
  11. Shuttering (Form work)  -  2 to 4%
  12. Electrical works  -  4 to 6%
  13. Doors, Windows, Gates, Shutters, etc.  -  up to 10%
  14. External works (boundary, drainage, landscaping, etc.)  -  8 to 10%
  15. Plumbing and Sanitary works  -  up to 12%
  16. Painting and finishing  -  up to 12%
  17. Other (miscellaneous) expenses  -  up to 15%
Disclaimer: The above information is indicative based on a typical home construction primarily in reinforced cement concrete. The percentages and items will vary from case to case.

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