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The Over and Under of Contractor Billings
Posted by Mike Sanders, AFSB Large overbillings or underbillings can be an indication of problems that could jeopardize the stability of a contractor’s bond program. Generally Accepted Accounting Principals (GAAP) state that to be accurate, the best way for a contractor to report earnings is most often on the Percentage of Completion (POC) method of accounting. This method ties together ...Read More »
How Work in Progress Reports Benefit Contractors, Accountants, and Everyone Else
Posted by Rich Sghiatti Cost overruns are a common occurrence in the construction industry. It’s far too easy at the mid-point of any project to misjudge billing against the actual status of the project. That’s where the Work in Progress (WIP) report comes in. The work in progress (WIP) report or WIP schedule is one of the most important reporting mechanisms in the ...Read More »
Are You Ready for a Hard Market?
Planning When You Don’t Need It Will Save You When You Do By: Kirk Rathjen, Regional Vice President, Contract Underwriting, Merchants Bonding Company Construction and surety have grown strongly over the past ten years with plenty of capacity, keeping the market soft, but it is always cyclical, so it’s just a matter of time before we start leaning toward a ...Read More »
My surety wants to use funds control to provide my bonds… why?
The added security on a construction project is a win-win for all parties involved, says expert Construction projects can be risk-filled propositions as contractors work to meet strict deadlines while trying to avoid poor workmanship and workplace injuries. However, a major risk facing these projects isn’t any of the above. According to National Escrow, a division of Allstar Financial Group; ...Read More »