Contractor Strategies to Maximize Your Bank Line of Credit

Author, Matt Gaynor, Director of Surety, Rancho Mesa Insurance Services, Inc.

 Calculator, a pen and financial documents on a table.

Some of my most successful bond clients opened their construction business with a good amount of working experience on their resume, but only a minimal amount of cash and capital. Unfortunately, bond companies like to see a strong amount of cash and capital. Therefore, my goal, as their bond agent, is to work with what they have at the present time to explain why they are a “good risk” now for bid, performance, and payment bonds - along with ideas on how to overcome the initial cash and capital constraints.

As a contractor grows and is looking at larger single and aggregate bond programs, I make it a point to work with the contractor on upgrading their financial presentation along with the goal to qualify for a Bank Line of Credit. It can sometimes be difficult to qualify for that “first” bank line of credit.

We want to help! On Friday, September, 28th, we will be inviting a local bank professional to cover "Contractor Strategies to Maximize their Bank Line of Credit." Our goal is to answer some of the following questions to prepare the contractor for a favorable submission process with the banker:

a)    What is the typical information needed from the Contractor to apply for a Bank Line?
b)    How do I determine what size Line of Credit I should ask for?
c)    What are the “key” underwriting areas you will concentrate on?
d)    How long after we provide you the information should we expect an answer?
e)    To qualify for a line of credit – do we need to move our checking account to your Bank?

The seminar will allow us to pull back the curtain with the banker to make this process as seamless and painless as possible. The seminar will provide the contractor an opportunity to ask the questions you might have avoided because you assumed you did not qualify

If interested, please register online or contact Rancho Mesa Insurance at (619) 937-0164.