Fixed-price contract

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Fixed-price contract

A contract in which the work will be carried out for a fixed lump sum without rise and fall cost adjustments, usually used for newer and short-duration projects.
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fixed-price contract

A construction contract between an owner and a contractor in which the parties agree to carry out the terms of the contract for a specified price; does not customarily include the compensation paid to the architect and consultants, or the cost of the land.
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