The hard road ahead – Managing the costs and risks of long-term contracts
Abstract: Long-term contracts (those exceeding a 12-month period) can be tempting for contractors, as they’re typically associated with lower levels of competition and higher revenue. But because these arrangements transfer the risks from owners to contractors, many sureties hesitate to bond them. Even if bonding is obtainable, escalating costs and unforeseen glitches are a special concern in these types of jobs. But there are steps that contractors can take to become more bondable. A sidebar discusses tax and accounting considerations of long-term projects.