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ow to Obtain Surety Bonds Federal state and local governments require surety bonds in order to manage risk on construction projects and protect taxpayer dollars

However surety bonds are not limited to public construction Many private project owners stipulate bonding requirements on their projects and prime contractors may require subcontractors to obtain bonds In todays competitive construction environment

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ow to Obtain Surety Bonds Federal state and local governments require surety bonds in order to manage risk on construction projects and protect taxpayer dollars

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Surety Bonds taxpayer dollars. However, surety bonds are not limited toIn todays competitive construction environment, a contractors ability to obtain surety bonds has a significanteffect on that contractors ability to acquire work. perform a contract in accordance with the departments. However, traditional insurance isSince the bond is underwritten with little a fee for prequalification services. to contact a professional agent or broker, alsoknown as a surety bond producer, whoin contract surety. A professional surety bond pro-tionship with a surety company, and assistsinmanaging the contractors surety capacity.such as contract document review. The produceran understanding of the firms business andneeds, the producer tailors the contractors sub-surety company. The producer then submits thethe contractors profile and needs. It is importantin emerging contractors. If necessary, the pro-pany. The producer is an essential link between Three Basic Types of Contract performance and payment bonds.performance bondcontractor fail to perform the contract in To find a producer who specializes in contract3700 or www.nasbp.org. NASBP membersnecessary information, he or she submits it to asurety company underwriter. The underwritertakes an in-depth look at the contractors entireThe underwriter may request a meeting withunderwriter may want more information on theprojects, bonded or not, in the contractors project, the underwriter will want to knowAlthough it may seem as if surety underwritersfocus on the contractors finances and financialments of the contractors business. The contrac-tors organization, track record, and approach totioned with frequency if the contractors results integrity in the construction industry;contractors success;relationships with surety underwriters;construction industry; industry associations. years and may require a financial statementaudited by a certified public accountant (CPA).Accountants opinion pageaccording to audit, review, or compilationcial condition of the company.business performed. The surety analyzes eachperformance of each contract and provideExplanatory footnotesconveys the CPAs find-ings, observations, and recommendationsabout the contractors business. Not all CPAsAccountants (AICPA) recommends the percentage-of-preferred by most sureties. The percentage-of-completion method best represents a contractorsresults of work performed during the accountingperiod. The percentage of contract values recog-cost percentage-of-completion method.an interim financial statement every three or perform its contractual obligations under thestruction companys owners through personaland/or corporate indemnity.contractors failure to fulfill its bonded obligationcial resources to resolve any difficulties that mayarise in the performance of the bonded work.responsible to fulfill the contracts obligationsand the suretys obligations are secondary to thecontractors. Surety bond premiums are servicefees for the suretys expertise, underwriting services, and financial backing. uously evaluates the overall performance andfinancial position of the contractor. Adverseresults may serve as the basis for an increase insurety capacity. Surety bond premiums vary from one suretyto another, but can range from one-half of onepercent to two percent of the contract amount,project and the contractor. Typically, there is noperformance bonds incorporate payment bondsdocuments, it is the contractors responsibility change in contract price. Payment and perform- The surety industry is an integral part of thea contractors greatest assets. The producerand underwriter are professionals who possessor have access to a wide variety of resources tostruction industry and can assist the contractorexperience on issues facing a contractor.This service becomesvery important if a contractor is involved in pri-source of funding on private projects. Thesurety will insist on knowing the source andMany sureties performcontractors family, estate, partners, creditors, 2007 Surety Information Office