How to protect yourself and avoid a Surety Bond Claim
If you operate a business within Canada, you will most likely need to familiarize yourself with surety bonds. These bonds are a necessity and you will be unable to offer your services to the public, until you’ve acquired the right bonds. Once you’ve done this and have entered into a bond contract, you’ll want to do your best to satisfy the client. If you do not, you may wind up on the receiving end of a bond claim. Below, you’ll learn all about surety bond claims and will find tips for avoiding them.
Repercussions Of Claims
If you speak with a Canadian company, which owns surety bonds, they’ll tell you that it is best to avoid claims. This is the case, because bond claims are not only unpredictable, but also they could be devastating to your business. Once the claim has been made, the situation will be out of your hands. The surety will take on the responsibility of overseeing the dispute and declaring a winner. Unfortunately, if you happen to lose, you’re going to be required to forfeit the entire bond amount. This could very well result in the bankruptcy of a small business.
The good news is that there are ways to diminish the potential for claims. Tips for doing so will be provided below.
Work With The Client
Now, you can see that your best course of action is to avoid the surety bond claim at all costs. In order to try and achieve this goal, it is essential to keep the client in the know and try to satisfy them every step of the way. Remember that the client will always have preferences, desires and expectations. Before beginning the work, you should learn about these things and make sure you try to fulfill them to the best of your ability. Never deviate from the client’s preferences you may wind up in trouble.
One thing to remember is that the client will want to get the project completed as quickly as possible. It is in your best interest to do so. Of course, you should never rush the process. Make sure you keep the client aware of the progress, by providing them with updates and work on hand documents. This will give them reassurance that progress is being made and that you’re right on schedule to get the job done on time.
Once a contract is initiated between the construction contractor and project owner, the project will begin, by a specified date written in the terms. A completion date is also specified in the terms of the contract, which means that the contractor and all other parties involved will need to work diligently to fulfill it. In the meantime, everything is going as planned, but all of a sudden, a malfunctioning crane becomes a major issue.
The contractor will need to oversee the repairs and make sure that it is completed as soon as possible. The longer it takes to get the crane repaired, the longer the project is delayed. Not only will this incident put you at risk of not meeting the deadline, it may end up costing you several thousand dollars. This may compromise the contract, if you did not plan ahead, by having some extra money put aside for emergencies.
If at any time, the principal begins to feel the brunt of the damage, caused by the malfunctioning crane it may be a good time to start communicating with the project owner. Keeping an open door of communication throughout the project will ensure a positive outcome.
Claims can be devastating and it is best to avoid them at all costs. With this in mind, you should take a proactive stance towards claims. Try to prevent them from escalating and always do your best to stop the surety from getting involved. This will decrease the potential for unexpected losses.