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Performance and Payment Bonds at Surety1

Surety1 has the expertise to place almost any size bond and is a valuable business partner for any company that wants to grow its surety capacity. Performance and payment bonds are not insurance, so why purchase them from an insurance agent? All we do are surety bonds. (More about Surety1 here.)

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 has access to the Small Business Association’s Surety Bond Guarantee Program. This gives you an extra guarantee from the SBA on your bid, performance, and payment bonds issued by surety companies.

Why Use Surety1?

  • Surety1 is a bond-only agency that specializes in surety bonds.
  • We have access to over 15 surety markets and can find you the best price for your needs.
  • We have a combined 50+ years experience writing bonds. You can trust as as your surety experts.

Performance Bond Basics

What is a performance bond?

A performance bond is a type of surety bond which guarantees to the obligee (the entity or person being protected by the bond) that the principal (the contractor applying for the bond) will successfully completed the project in accordance with the terms and conditions of the agreement.

If the contractor 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.  

“I had difficulty acquiring a performance/payment bond elsewhere but Surety1 stepped up and was able to get the bond for me.” Bao Kephart, TBK Electric

Performance and Payment Bonds How Much Does a Performance Bond Cost?

The cost 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 is 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.

What is a payment bond?

A payment bond is a bond issued by a surety company that 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. The payment bond is usually issued with a performance bond and is included in the price for performance and payment bonds.  

What is a bid bond?

Performance and Payment Bonds 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 Your Performance and Payment Bonds

1. Complete an online application. It's free and no-obligation. 2. One of our surety experts will contact you with a firm quote and an agreement to sign. 3. Provide payment and your signed agreement, and then you will receive your Performance and Payment Bonds!   If you have any questions, please call us at 877-654-2327.
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