A contractor's bond is a financial assurance that a contractor will complete a job to a client's satisfaction. If a contractor fails to complete a job as expected, the agency that issued the bond will provide a pay out to compensate. In many regions of the world, contractors must be bonded in order to obtain a license, and consumers should always take care to use the services of a bonded and licensed contractor to ensure that work will be completed to their satisfaction.
Bonds provide financial protection in the event that a particular job is not performed as desired. If a contractor walks off a job or fails to complete it, the bond would cover this. It also covers things like unpaid suppliers or subcontractors, damage to the property caused by the construction, and lost or stolen materials from the site.
Contractors can purchase a bond from a surety company. He or she will be required to pay premiums to keep the bond current, with the amount of the premiums varying, depending on the contractor's history and the amount of the bond. If someone wants to make a claim on a bond, he or she would contact the surety company and provide evidence to back up the claim, such as proof that a contractor had walked off a job or ordered and used materials without paying for them.
For contractors, a bond is a valuable tool, because it assures clients that they will be protected financially in the event that there is a problem with the job. Clients prefer to work with contractors who hold bonds as a form of financial assurance, and subcontractors and suppliers may like to see proof of one before agreeing to work on a job. Construction can get very costly, especially if things go wrong, making a contractor's bond a critical tool to have. Contractors may also be asked to take out bonds for particular big projects, such as government works projects.
People can find out whether or not a contractor is bonded by asking to see the bond number and certification proving that he or she has one. In regions where contractors must be bonded to get a license, evidence that the bond and license are both current should be requested to confirm that the contractor is in good standing. This information will also be useful to have in the event that a claim needs to be made.