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Jeremy Schaedler

About Jeremy Schaedler

Shortly after graduating from the University of California, Los Angeles with a bachelors degree in economics, Jeremy founded Surety First Insurance Services (formerly Schaedler Insurance), a Northern California based insurance agency specializing in surety bonds for California construction professionals. Jeremy is happily married and the proud father of two young boys. In his free time, he enjoys camping, fishing and shooting the breeze with friends and family.

California Contractors License Application & Exam Study Guide

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Prospective California contractors looking to become licensed for the first time, or existing contractors looking to add a new classification are often overwhelmed by a complicated process that can include lengthy applications and processing times, state administered examinations and background checks just to name a […]

By |August 24th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on California Contractors License Application & Exam Study Guide

What Is The Difference Between Being Bonded And Insured?

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California contractors often confuse contractors bonding with liability insurance as they are both highly common in the California construction industry with more than 95% of contractors utilizing bonding according to some estimates, while liability insurance is perhaps the most common form of insurance purchased.  Many […]

By |January 14th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on What Is The Difference Between Being Bonded And Insured?

California Bid Opportunities: List of Available CA Construction Bids

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How To Find & Bid on Construction Jobs in California
The following free California construction bid opportunities resource has been put together by Surety First, Inc. to help contractors find and bid on construction projects in their local CA area/region. Our list provides bid opportunities available in all major […]

By |October 15th, 2015|Blog|Comments Off on California Bid Opportunities: List of Available CA Construction Bids

California Increasing Contractors License Bond Requirement To $15,000

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On October 8th, 2015, California governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 467 into law that increases the license bond requirement from $12,500 to $15,000 for California contractors, among other new provisions. The law will take effect January 1st, 2016, though more information regarding implementation details […]

By |October 11th, 2015|Blog|Comments Off on California Increasing Contractors License Bond Requirement To $15,000

California Construction Bid Opportunity’s List – 6/3/2015 Edition

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Wednesday, June 3rd edition of the California Construction Bid Opportunity’s List, a weekly compilation of construction project opportunity’s throughout the state for contractors to bid on.

Should any of the projects listed require a contract bond such as a bid bond, performance bond or a payment […]

By |June 3rd, 2015|Blog|Comments Off on California Construction Bid Opportunity’s List – 6/3/2015 Edition

Are Cheaper Contractor Bonds Always Better?

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One of the more common requests we get is from contractors contacting our office looking for “cheap contractor bonds” or “cheap bond companies.” It’s a request we can relate to because when it comes to making any purchase in life whether large or small, price […]

By |March 2nd, 2015|Blog|Comments Off on Are Cheaper Contractor Bonds Always Better?