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So what is a bid bond?  And why do you need one?

The simple reason is that you need one in order to get the work.  But the bigger question is why are more owners/developers requiring a bid bond?  The simple answer is risk.  Given the uncertainty of the marketplace, which includes long-time contractors closing their doors, to municipalities filing bankruptcy (or just slow paying), has led to the owners being afraid that their contractors will be unable to complete the job.  So, they require a bid bond.

Bid Bond

A bid bond is issued as part of a bid by a surety bond company to the project owner.  The owner is then assures that the winning bidder will undertake the contract under the terms at which they bid.

Most bid bonds contain a cash deposit, which is subject to full or partial forfeiture if the winning contractor fails to either execute the contract (or come up with a payment bond or performance bond - depending on how the bid process is structured). The bid bond assures that, should the bidder be successful, they will sign the deal and provide the required surety bond.

The Bid Bond prequalifies the principal and provides the necessary security to the owner or general contractor, or “obligee,” guaranteeing that the principal will enter into the contract, if it is awarded.

It's a Guarantee

A Bid Bond guarantees that the “obligee” will be paid the difference between the principal's tender price and the next closest tender price. This action is only triggered should the principal be awarded the contract but fails to enter into the contract, as agreed, with the obligee. The bid bond penalty is generally ten percent of the bidder's tender price. Contractors prefer the use of Bid Bonds because they are a less expensive option and they do not tie up cash or bank credit lines during the bidding process. Owners and general contractors also use Bid Bonds because they establish and confirm that the bidding contractor or supplier has the support of a Surety Company and is qualified to undertake the project.

See here for our California Bid Bonds, and more on Texas bid bonds or a Florida Bid Bond


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