Monday, July 16, 2012

Bonding: Another Way to Protect and Grow Your Company

The risk factors in the Construction Industry are unique. Builders not only have risk exposure during the job but also after it has been completed. This risk is increased by the fact that a number of c0-workers are contractors.


Bonding is another way of protecting your company. It is also a passport to opportunities for growth. Many jobs require that you be bonded. If you get bonding, then you will be in competition for work that might not have been eligible for.

What You Need to Know About Your Bonding Agent

  • Does the agency do business in the state, where you plan to do work?
  • How many surety companies is the bonding agency licensed to work with?
  • Does the bonding company have A.M. Best Rated and US Treasury Listed Surety Bonds?

Types of Bonds

There are many different types of bonds. These are a list of some generally used by contractors:
  • Contract Bonds-The bond assures that you will meet the terms of the contract.
  • Subdivision Bonds-A local government authority requires this for public work, roads or street lights.
  • Bid Bond-As the name implies, supports your bid.
  • Performance and Payment-Refers to the standards set for the work and covers the eventuality if you fail to meet those standards.

What Data do You Need to Present to Get Bonded

There are certain data that a bonding agent will need, depending on the type of bond you desire.

Contract Bond

  • You need to bring company end-of the year financials
  • Cash Verification for both your business and personal monies. This you can do by presenting the first page of your bank statements.
  • Bank Lines of Credit verification
  • Resumes for key people
  • Reference Letters
  • Accounts Receivable info
  • Contractor’s Application (supplied by bonding agent)
  • Personal Financial Statements for each of the owners and stockholders
  • Contract Status Report- work you have on hand.

Subdivision Bond

  • Request Form for Site Improvement
  • Personal Financial Statement
  • Corporate Financial Statement
  • Letter from the County or City stating the bond requirements, indicating improvements and dollar amounts.
  • Resume or Company Bio, to show experience in development/subdivisions
  • First Page of Bank Statements to show corporate and personal cash
  • Letter from your Bank to prove funding is in place for the project
Sometimes you’re asked to fill out a Request Form for Bid Bonds and Performance and Payment Bonds.

Bid Bond Request

  • Contact Info for your company and the party that you are submitting the bid to.
  • Bid Date
  • Bid Estimate
  • Liquidated Damages per day
  • Bid Bond %
  • Completion Time
  • Warrantee Period

Performance and Payment

  • Contact info for you and the contractee.
  • Contract Description
  • Contract Price
  • Liquidated Damages per day
  • Completion Time
  • Warrantee Period
Getting bonded takes time and effort. However, it is one effective way to grow and protect your company.

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  1. Construction industry having so much risk factor and i think the Contractors Insurance will a great policy to protect from these risks.

  2. Hi,

    I have a quick question about your blog, do you think you could e-mail me?


  3. The risk is very high for contractors when number of coworkers are working like as: Injuries, property damages and so on. To protect from these kind of risks contractors should definitively take the Contractors Insurance.