There are three basic type of bonds used within the construction industry. They are the bid bond, the performance bond and the payment bond. These three basic types of bonds are used to guarantee that contractor will perform the work contracted, at the price contracted within the period of time contracted. If this doesn’t occur the bond company will pay the owner to prevent financial loss and the bond company will collect payment from the contractor. Below is exactly how bid, performance and payment bonds work.
- Bid Bonds: This type of bond is obtained to guarantee that the bid that is submitted is in good faith. It states that the contractor enters into the contract at the price that is bid and will perform the required performance and payment bonds.
- Performance Bonds: This type of bond is obtained to protect the owner of a project from any financial loss if the contractor fails to perform the contractor as stated in the terms and conditions.
- Payment Bonds: This type of bond assurers that a contractor will pay the price specified to subcontractors, laborers and material suppliers as guaranteed within the contract.
In order to prequalify contractor needs to prove to a sureties company that they are an acceptable risk. It is up to sureties to accept the risk of contractor’s failure based on a thorough analysis that pre-qualifies the contractor. This ensures that the contractors business is a risk worth taking. It is an in-depth analysis that ensures the contractor’s business operations are legit.
The surety company must be completely content that the contractor meets certain criteria before issuing a bond. The criterion looks something like the following:
- High-quality references with integrity and solid business reputations.
- A strong ability to meet all of their current and future obligations in respect to both financial and employee abilities.
- Industry experience that matches the requirements that are stated within the contract.
- Equipment that is necessary to perform the work that needs to be done or the ability to obtain it when it is needed.
- The strength financially to support the desired load of work that is contracted within the contract period.
- A credit history that is established and a relationship with a bank that extends a line of credit if needed.
As a surety company it is important that they are satisfied that the contractors that they have extended surety bonds to will satisfy their requirements. The contractor should run a well managed, profitable company that fulfills their word fairly and performs all of their obligations within a timely manner.
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