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What is a Performance Bond?

A performance bond defines as a contract bonds generally issued by an insurance company or a bank to one party of a contact in order to give guarantee against the non-fulfillment of specified obligations of a contract by other party. A performance bond is issued to ensure the successful completion of a project by other party of contract called contractor.

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Understanding Performance Bond

A performance bond refers to the guarantee which is provided to one party for the successful completion of a project by other party. A performance bond works as surety backed with collateral property or investment for the requirement of the surety provider. The miller act set the requirements of placing the contract bonds, the act include all the public contracts of $100,000 and more. The performance bonds required for public and private sectors, the bonds are used for the general contractors for a company’s operations. The performance bond is very common in real estate and construction sector. In real estate development, an investor wants surety for the completion of the project and ask for a performance bond from the contractor, which gives the guarantee to the investor that the work’s value will not be lost in any unforeseen event. The performance bonds provide the protection to the investors and owners of real property for the obligations of a contract such as quality of work, quantity that may not completed by a contractor due to unforeseen events like a contractor’s insolvency.

The performance bonds are also used in other sectors. Sometimes a buyer may also ask for a performance bond from the seller in order to protect himself/herself from the risk of commodity such as damage in a commodity, undelivered commodity etc. With the performance bond, a buyer will receive a compensation for non-completion of the transaction.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How performance bond works?

Performance bonds are required in the private and public sector to protect an investor’s investment. Performance bonds for government project include roads, buildings, and bridges. In case of unsatisfied obligations of a contract, performance bond in government sector ensures to compensate in two ways: a surety that company will pay for the project completion, or hire a new contractor to complete the project.

The performance bonds protect the investment of the investors and owners against the unforeseen losses due to various reasons. If a contractor is not able to perform or deliver the project as per the specified obligations and provision of a contract, the investor and buyer will compensate under performance bond. In case of solvency and bankruptcy of the contractor, surety is liable to compensate the investor for its investment losses depending on the specified amount in the performance bond. Only the investor and the owner of the property, project or commodity can claim for the payment of the performance bond. In order to make a performance bond effective, a contract must be clear and specific about the terms and work.

What are the pros and cons of performance bonds?

There are various pros and cons of performance bonds:


  • One of the biggest benefits of the performance bonds is providing the guarantee of the completion of a contract, project to the owner or investor.
  • The investor or owner is free from incurring any additional costs.


  • Sometimes the surety will try that the investor does not follow technical conditions of a performance bond in order to escape from paying the compensation.
  • Sometimes the surety tried to settle the investor of owner for the least compensation for the losses of its investment.
  • The investor or the owner has to find out or measure the losses that may suffered by the investor due to the failure of the performance of the contractor.
  • Sometimes the investor or owner is not able to estimates the losses and the future cost incurred in the process of completing a project that may cause in recovering the payment of losses from the surety.

What is the significance of performance bonds?

Performance bonds are important to provide protection to the owners and the investors. A performance bond protects the parties from the various concerns including losses due damages of a commodities, unfulfillment of the specified obligations of a contract, insolvency of a contractor before the completion of the project etc. The performance bond provides the compensation for such concerning losses and financial difficulties.

A performance bond protects the parties from the monetary losses due to unforeseen events. A performance bond is also used in commodity contracts, where the buyer asked for the performance bond from the seller against the risk of undelivered, damage commodity, and undelivered specified terms of the contract. The performance bond protects the buyer from the financial losses due to failed transaction.

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