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Get your Bid, Performance, and Payment Bonds for Construction Season

Secure Bid, Performance & Payment Bonds for Public Construction Projects

Nearly all public construction work in the United States is completed through private sector firms. Generally awarded to the lowest responsive bidder through a competitive bid system, surety bonds are essential in this process. Corporate surety bonds enable government sectors (states, cities, townships, schools, and school districts) to use private contractors for public construction projects, such as parks, freeways, and schools. With secured bonds in place, all parties involved are protected without affecting taxpayers.

Bid Bonds
Bid bond is a prequalification indicating that the contractor is bondable for the performance and payment bond should they be read low or chosen by an Owner/GC/CM that they will enter into the contract and provide a Performance and Payment Bond.

Performance Bonds

Performance Bonds offer assurance that the bonded contractor will perform according to all contract documents.
 
Payment Bonds
Payment bonds offers an assurance that the bonded contractor pays for all materials and labor associated with the documents related to the contract.

These bonds each require their own specific criteria to be attained. The process can be extensive; however, Construction Bonding Specialists, LLC knows just what is needed to expedite your application. With years of experience, we know the most effective approach to gain a surety you can count on. Our team of experts specializes in helping contractors retain bonds…large or small. We’ve done it all! Call or visit our website today to learn more.

For more information about our bonds visit our website or call 248-349-6227

At Construction Bonding Specialists, we work with new and experienced contractors to find the most satisfactory bond solutions. As a distinct surety-bond-only agency with decades of bonding experience, we work to discover bond solutions for all types of bond cases ranging from ordinary to challenging. Call us at 248-348-6762 or visit us at www.bondingspecialist.com today.

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The Construction Season Is Upon Us

Get Your Bid, Performance, or Payment Bond Now!

Bid Bonds

Bid Bond is a prequalification indicating that the contractor is bondable for the performance and payment bond should they be read low or chosen by an Owner/GC/CM that they will enter into the contract and provide a Performance and Payment Bond.  

Performance Bonds

Performance Bonds offer assurance that the bonded contractor will perform according to all contract documents.

Payment Bonds

Payment Bonds offers an assurance that the bonded contractor pays for all materials and labor associated with the documents related to the contract.

While each of these bonds have specific criteria that has to be met to secure them, Construction Bonding Specialists, LLC knows what is needed up front to help expedite the process.  With our years of experience we know the best way to approach a surety to present a solid opportunity.  This is because we specialize in assisting contractors when any of these types of bonds are needed.  We can handle everything from simple/small bonds to more complex/larger bonds.  We’ve virtually seen it all.

The specialists at Construction Bonding Specialists, LLC can assist you with your application(s) today. Call or visit our website to learn more information.

BONDS ARE ALL WE DO!

For more information about our bonds visit our website or call 248-349-6227

Construction Bonding Specialists, LLC works with new and experienced contractors to find and solidify the most appropriate bond needed. We are a distinct surety-bond-only agency with decades of bonding experience. We’ll work with you to discover all the bonding solutions for any case, ranging from ordinary to challenging.

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Your Bond Department is Open

License & Permit Bonds • • Contract Bonds
Motor Vehicle Dealer • • Release of Lien
Appeal Bonds • • Mortgage Broker
Wage & Fringe Benefit • • Standard Markets
Right-of-way Bonds • • Bid, Performance, and Payment Bonds
Visit our website bondingspecialist.com for more information, or call (248) 349-6227
BONDS ARE ALL WE DO!
With over 20 years of experience in the bonding industry, we can handle virtually all of your
construction and miscellaneous bonding needs:

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STOP Hunting for Surety Bond Support

END OF YEAR PLANNING  WHY IS IT IMPORTANT FOR CONTRACTORS?

This is the perfect time of year, BEFORE Tax Season, to discuss or review bonding lines and possibilities.  It’s also where Construction Bonding Specialists, LLC can help.

  • If a contractor is looking to grow and will be doing more bonded work a strategic meeting NOW can significantly help them in the future.
  • Taxes will be coming due and the way that a contractor approaches their End of Year can directly affect how a Surety will look at them.
  • Now is the time to talk about bonding even with a contractor that doesn’t do a lot of bonded work.  Demystifying the process now will help them be more effective later.

DON’T HESITATE LET’S DISCUSS HOW BONDS CAN  HELP YOU GROW

MISCELLANEOUS BONDS

Listed below are just a few of the Miscellaneous Bonds that we can process for you: 

  • ICC Broker Bonds
  • Non-Vessel Operator Common Carrier (NVOCC) Bonds
  • Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) Bonds
  • DMEPOS Bonds (there is a new requirement for Dentists)
  • Release of Lien Bonds
  • Customs Bonds

BONDS ARE ALL WE DO!

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September Newsletter

Fall is certainly knocking on our door and with that there is a push to wrap up jobs.  Once all of the current jobs are finished oftentimes Municipalities and Schools find “surplus” monies that need to be spent prior to the years end.   Let us help make sure you’re ready to capitalize on these situations.

Final Consents of Surety

Its September, school is back in session and jobs for the schools are wrapping up.  Oftentimes a Final Consent of Surety is required by the Obligee.  If you are in need of a Final Consent of Surety here is the process to secure one:

  1. Forward the name and contact information of the person that Is overseeing the job.
  2. A Status Report is sent to this individual to have it completed.
  3. Once this Status Report is completed and returned to us, it will be reviewed for approval to issue the Final Consent.
  4. If there have been change orders the surety will bill for the additional exposure!  Always be aware of this and be sure to include your bonding cost when quoting change orders.
  5. Once the Surety approves it the Final Consent it will be issued.

DON’T FORGET:  Keep an eye out for additional opportunities that may arise and require a Bid Bond or Performance and Payment Bond.

Submissions Email

Please help us process your requests quicker by utilizing the following email for them:

                  Submissions@bondingspecialist.com

This email will help assure that your request will receive the same, if not faster, attention that you have always received.  The email is monitored all day, every business day.  

Please make a note in your records and help us take great care of all of your bonding needs.

“Bonds Are All We Do!”

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Getting Bonds for Your Business

Construction is booming and with this increase, there has also been a increase in bonds as well. Keeping up with the growth means that it is vital to secured bonds quickly. With a little planning and having the right team in place to handle your bonding needs can make a huge difference.  What exactly is needed for a successful bonding team?  An agent and an accountant that fully understand the surety bonding marketplace; and your knowledge of the contract language on simple contracts (and possibly an attorney for the more complex contracts).  With the right people in place Bonds become a valuable piece of your business that help you secure the future growth you desire. 

What is a Surety Bond?

Just a quick brush up on what a surety bond is and why  Surety Bonds are more of a financial or credit tool that speaks to the financial strength of your company, as well as the experience in the industry and overall ability to complete a particular construction project. A bond is a third-party agreement, the bonding company is bound to the provisions in the contract making them, in essence, your silent partner. In order for them to become your partner, they will require you to sign an indemnity agreement, something an insurance policy doesn’t require.  This is the way a Surety company protects themselves should there be a loss.  The amount of information required for a surety bond depends greatly on the size of the job or program desired, the credit profile of the company and its owners. 

Why is the right agent important? 

Most Agents are very familiar with standard programs that are quick and easy. These programs have set rates and restrictions on how large the job can be.   However, having an agent that is well versed in the unique niche that is Surety Bonds can help you find a program more tailored to your needs.  As a company grows moving away from a quick program can provide larger single and aggregate limits, as well as rates that reflect the strength of your company.    For those contractors that have had a difficult time obtaining bonding in the past.  The right agent will be invaluable knowing where to get you started and know when to move you to another company as your company becomes more appealing to surety’s.  The right Agent understands what each surety’s appetite is, this is helpful as it saves time by approaching the right company first.  Additionally, they know when a business has developed and maybe even outgrown a surety and where to go next. To keep a good relationship with your bonding company so that bonds are easily accessible when needed there are things that a bonding agent will do.  They will meet with you prior to year-end and then again at the beginning of the new year. These meetings are key to keep your bonding line healthy and able to be utilized.  Maybe even to increase it if that is what you want to do. 

Keeping your best interest in mind, a bonding agent needs to be as responsive as you are on your job site.  Keep in mind the right agent in only as good as the information provided to them by you and your accountant.  If you are willing to provide information and listen to them, they can help you secure a bond program for your company for now and the future.

What role does an Accountant play in securing surety bonds?

Understanding how to structure a statement so that the Surety company sees your company’s assets in the best light is crucial.  Oftentimes this is the most painful part of the bonding process as surety companies need to see profits.  Profits to many accountants, and let’s face it all of us, mean more taxes.   A bond savy accountant understands and can work with the contractor to position you in the best light for the size of bonded jobs that you want to pursue.  Striking a balance between showing the profit a Surety Company needs to see and the amount of taxes you have to pay. 

The only other member of this team that we haven’t discussed is you the contractor.  Your knowledge and expertise of the projects you are looking at.  No one likes surprises in the middle of a job, including surety companies.

With the right team in place pursuing bonded work can become less intimidating.  It takes a little planning.  That is why, if you talk to your team working together now will help you be prepared for whatever bids may be coming up.  Get your team in place and grow your business.

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Major Points Of The Claim Process In Auto Dealer Surety Bonds

To avoid confusion we will discuss some of the major points of the claim process in auto dealer surety bonds.

Surety bonds are not the same as an insurance policy.

A surety bond protects the consumer not the business.  The surety bond is an agreement that outlines an obligation of one of the parties, in this case the car dealer, to another, their customer, which is watched carefully by a third party, the surety company.  If there is a claim against the car dealer the surety bond company may need to pay the client based on the claim and then seek reimbursement from the dealership.  A car dealership that is bonded is financially obligated to pay back the surety if a claim is paid on your behalf.  No matter how long the dealership has been in business or how long it has been out of business, if a claim is levied against the dealership and the surety is paid the surety company will seek to get reimbursement on the paid claim from the dealership.

Eight of the most common bond claims that arise from used car dealerships.

–          Failure to account for the sale and/or supply a valid title as stated under the contract

–          Writing a check that does not clear or to not make a payment on a vehicle

–          Tampering with the automobiles odometer

–          Providing inaccurate or false information in regards to the cars past and current condition during the sale

–          Fraudulent activity in regards to the financing of the car

–          Selling vehicles that have been stolen

–          Failing to pay for the warranty that was purchased by the consumer

–          The inability to honor the written car warranty

In our next installment we will finish discussing the major points of the claim process in auto dealer surety bonds.

Construction Bonding Specialists, LLC are dedicated Surety Bond Professionals that are aligned with several Treasury Listed and AMBest Rated Surety markets which allows them to assist with virtually all Bid, Performance and Payment, Financial Guarantee and Supply bond needs.  Find out more information at http://www.bondingspecialist.com.

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Construction Bonds Help Lower Default

Nearly all public construction work that is completed is done so through private sector construction firms.  Jobs are bid on by private sector contractors.  An open competitive sealed bid system is used to determine who is awarded the work.  Many times the work is given to the contractor with the lowest, most comprehensive bid.  With the use of surety bonds the system works well.

A Bid Bond is used to keep flippant bidders from the bidding process.  They do this by promising that the chosen bidder will enter into the outlined contract as well as obtaining the required performance and payment bonds.  If the bidder with the lowest bid cannot honor the contract, the owner is protected.  The bid bond ensures the owner will be covered for up to the amount of the bid bond which is most often the difference between the lowest bid and the next highest bid.

A Performance Bond is an agreement that protects the contractor’s promise, contract.  It is there to ensure that the contract is carried out in agreement with the terms and conditions that were agreed upon, at a certain price and within a certain amount of time.

A Payment Bond shields specific employees, suppliers of materials and subcontractors from nonpayment.  The protection payment bonds provide is to claimants that have not been paid for their goods and services that they have supplied to the contracted project.

It is required, by law, that in most public construction projects that bid, performance and payment bonds are utilized.  These laws have been in place for so long that little thought is given to why they were enacted in the first place.  Contractors that are unable to acquire the bonds required complain that the law is unjust and unfair.  Note that the law is only required on most public construction projects not all construction projects which still allows such contractors to obtain jobs.  However, it is important that we understand why such laws were necessary requiring contractors to post bonds when performing public construction projects.

Before the laws were enacted the failure rate on public construction projects among private construction companies was high.  What would happen is that private contractors became bankrupt before they were able to finish the contracted services.  This left the government with half completed projects which tax payers were left to cover.  The additional costs coming from the contractor’s default added to a substantial hit on taxpayers.

With government property unable to be subjected to a lien many laborers, material suppliers and subcontractors were left without compensation if the services they performed were not paid for.  The government tried to use individuals as sureties on public construction projects.  This however also failed as many times the sureties themselves were unable to honor their financial obligations.  This chain of events led to the Heard Act.  The Heard Act authorizes the use of corporate surety bonds to secure privately performed federal construction contracts.  In 1935 the Miller Act replaced the Heard Act which is the current law that requires performance and payment bonds on federal construction projects.

Construction Bonding Specialists, LLC are dedicated Surety Bond Professionals that are aligned with several Treasury Listed and AMBest Rated Surety markets which allows them to assist with virtually all Bid, Performance and Payment, Financial Guarantee and Supply bond needs.  Find out more information at http://www.bondingspecialist.com.

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