Performance and Payment Bonds From Surety1

Surety1 has the expertise to place almost any size bond and will be a valuable business partner if a company wants to grow its surety capacity. In addition to performance bonds for construction contracts, Surety1 has expertise in placing performance and payment surety bonds for service contracts like security contracts, janitorial, and even Information Technology projects. Surety1 represents over a dozen surety markets and has access to the SBA's Surety Bond Guarantee Program.


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How Much Does a Performance Bond Cost?

The cost of performance and payment bonds vary. There are many factors that influence rate. Most small, infrequent users of surety credit will pay 2.5% to 3%. Larger, established contractors can obtain bonds at rates starting at 1%. There are a plethora of variables for both large and small contractors that can impact the cost of a performance bond.

For more information, call Surety1 today at 877-654-2327 and ask for the contract department.


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What is a performance bond?

A bond issued by a surety company (surety) which guarantees the client (obligee) that if the contractor (Principal) fails to complete the project in accordance with the terms of the construction agreement, the surety company will either complete the contract itself, or arrange for a contractor to complete the contract. The surety company will pay the new contractor the amount required to finish the work, minus the unpaid amount under the original contract. However, the surety company is not obligated to pay more than the penal sum or limit of liability stated in the bond. If the surety suffers a loss, the surety will seek restitution from the contractor. A performance bond is not insurance.


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What is a payment bond?

A bond issued by a surety company (surety) which guarantees the client (obligee) that if the contractor (Principal) fails to pay its subcontractors and material suppliers on the bonded project, the surety will make the payments up to the penal sum of the payment bond. In essence, the payment bond guarantees a lien free project.


What is a bid bond?

When bidding a public works project, a bid bond is usually required as part of the bidding process. The bid bond is 20% of the bid amount on Federal projects and varies from as low as 5% to 20% on other public works bids. For instance, if the job bidding is $1,000,000 project, the amount of the bid bond on a Federal project would be 20% of the amount bid or $200,000.

Read more about bonding and other useful information on by reviewing the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) .

The bid bond, in its most simplistic terms, is a promise that the successful bidder will enter into a contract and provide the necessary performance and payment bonds. A bond claim would cover the difference between the cost of the low bid to the next bid. While the bid bond is only a small percentage of the bid amount, the surety will underwrite it based on the total contract price.


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How to Get a Performance & Payment Bond

1. Apply online now using our secure online application
2. One of our surety experts will call and email you with the firm quote and an agreement to sign.
3. Provide payment and your signed agreement, then we'll mail out your bond!

Questions? Call us at 877-654-2327 and ask for the Contract department.