“Payment and performance bonds required.” Those words can signal a giant dead end for some contractors who would like to bid on public work or large private projects but haven’t yet waded into the bonding world. However, the bonding process doesn’t have to be mysterious or sweat-inducing as long as companies are equipped with the right information.
The most common types of construction bonds are performance and payment bonds, which are kinds of surety bonds. A payment bond guarantees the owner that the contractor will pay all the supplier and subcontractor bills associated with the project, and the performance bond is the owner’s assurance the project will be completed in a timely manner and with high quality.
Those who have bumped into bonding requirements on past jobs might have seen a “bid bond” requirement. This is a bond that guarantees the owner that the contractor will be able to meet the requirements of the contract for the amount of the submitted bid. But if a company has bonding capability for performance and payment bonds, these aren’t usually a problem to secure.
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