Securing a Bid Bond

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How can I get a bid bond? 

A bid bond is issued by a contractor bidding on a project to the owner of the project (general government) for an amount greater than or equal to the bid price. The contractor is basically pledging that if he wins the bid, he will enter into a contract with the owner and perform at his best ability.

When submitting your bids, you’ll want to contact your local bank in order to apply for one. Bid bonds are generally about $10,000 minimum but that can vary depending on the size of the job you’re bidding. You may also need other types of surety bonds such as labor and material payment bonds when working on large construction projects. 

These bonds help secure payments to subcontractors who provided labor/materials for the project. Be mindful of the fact that you will have to pay for these bonds yourself so be sure you can afford them if you go ahead with your bid submission.

What are the things needed when getting a bid bond? 

One of the most important documents that are needed when getting a bid bond is an owner’s package. The owner’s package includes many different things that the contractor needs to know in order to ensure that they are bidding on the right job. 

The second thing that would be helpful for contractors to have is blueprint plans or specifications for each specific project they are bidding on. These blueprints will show all of the important information such as how many pavers must go into a certain space and where electrical outlets need to be placed.

Thirdly, contractors have to have a copy of their general liability insurance policy for each location they are working on. This is an important document because if someone claims injury or damage to their property while it’s being worked on then this document provides proof that your business is covered with liability insurance and you will not be found at fault for the incident.

Finally, contractors need to know what percentage they bid on construction projects. This is important so that you do not underbid the project just in case something unforeseen happens during the process.

How much does a bid bond cost? 

A bid bond is an amount an individual agrees to pay if they do not provide enough money to cover their project.  A surety company will charge the bidder for this coverage, and it typically costs between 2.5%-5% of the total value of the project.  This type of contract ensures that companies will be awarded contracts after bidding whether they win or lose.  The ability to obtain a bid bond varies greatly depending on credit history and financial strength among other factors. 

The cost of bid bonds can vary depending on the company you use to secure them, as well as your financial history and credit score; however, it should generally not be more than 5% of the total value of the project. This type of bond is an insurance policy should you win the contract but fail to deliver on payment or meet contractual obligations outlined in your proposal (i.e., time deadlines) after signing the agreement with a client. 

Another way to determine how much they cost is by talking with different providers and getting a quote for the amount of coverage you will need.

Where can I get a bid bond? 

You can get a bid bond from a surety agency that is bonded and licensed to do business in Kansas. Bid bonds must be handled by an official agent, representative, or solicitor of the surety company. The contractor must also be able to provide proof of valid workers’ compensation insurance before releasing payment for services on any project.

Is a bid bond expensive?

How much a bid bond costs is determined by the type of project in which you are bidding and how much money is being put up for your bid. The total amount that must be put up for a bid bond may range from 10 to 100 percent of the value of the successful bid. 

The cost also depends on ease or difficulty in arranging a surety bond, but this should not affect the final price much because there are many companies that specialize in writing surety bonds for contractors, architects, engineers, and other construction professionals.

Before a project is put up for bid, the owner will ask for estimates from several contractors. These estimates will show the expected cost of labor and materials as well as an estimated amount of money that must be set aside to cover a contractor’s fee. The owner may then decide on a particular company to award the contract to, but this is not always done. 

In some cases, there may be three or more bidders who all meet the proposed conditions and it might be decided by lottery which one is awarded the contract. In these cases, those who lose out on being awarded the contract will have their bids returned along with a list of what they would have had to pay if they were successful in getting awarded the. This total amount can include the value of the bid bond.

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