Payment Bonds

Written by Michael O'Brien
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Payment bonds apply to the larger picture in a construction venture. When dealing with a project that requires so much time, money, resources, and man power, there is quite a bit that must be taken into account. There is also much at stake. All of those who contribute to such a project must be properly compensated.

Payment Bonds: Fair Business

When a construction company is awarded a contract based on a bid they have made, they are then required to live up to the financial obligations that have been stated. This not only includes the cost of their own efforts, but the cost of employing any other parties that may be involved in the project.

Payment bonds are a means of guaranteeing that all contributing parties in a construction project will be paid what they must to do their jobs. This applies to material suppliers, labor contractors, and any other kinds of subcontractors which may become involved.

Surety Process

Payment bonds are distributed by surety companies. Companies like this protect subcontractors and individuals, or obligees who are paying to have some kind of project done, from having to be held accountable for the failure of the principal party (in this case the construction company contracted to do a job) to live up to their financial obligations. In a nutshell, a contractor has to pay for the services and materials they have used. If they don't, the surety company issuing the bond is held responsible.

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