How to Improve Punch Lists
Simple Ways to Improve Punch Lists
Every project must come to an end at some point. However, like with other construction processes, it is easier said than done actually getting to the end. When it comes to technology application, the construction industry has often demonstrated that it lags behind the rest of the globe. That could imply that your present punch list isn’t working. Or that you don’t utilize one at all, neither of which is ideal–especially when clients rely on you to deliver on time. Today on the blog, our Commercial Builders share how to improve punch lists.
What is a Punch List?
In today’s construction, a punch list is defined as a listing of items requiring immediate attention and a document typically attached to the certificate of substantial completion. Before getting payment, the Sacramento general contractor must rectify the punch list work.
Additionally, a punch list may also include specifications for other materials or things that were damaged during construction. As follows, these must now be repaired. Additionally, it could also involve improper installations that aren’t working as expected. However, punch lists often only include minor changes. Regardless of how modest the changes are, it is critical to carefully execute a construction punch list. This guarantees your project gets the final touches it needs to be declared complete.
Do Not Procrastinate Until the End
In most cases, the punch list is not prepared until the walkthrough is completed. However, this does not imply that punch lists should be generated at the end of a project. Instead, our general contractors explain it is preferable to begin creating a punch list earlier in the project. They recommend using this as a frequent check on building quality.
Laying out the various parts of the project also reveals whether there are any gaps in the project requirements. Additionally, it reveals if there is a contract that must be filled. Throughout the project, you should meet with the project owner or stakeholders on a regular basis. We recommend this to determine what needs to be done before the handoff. Additionally, it ensures that all of their specifications and project criteria are met.
Implement Regular Inspections
Regular inspections, or “punch walks,” will help you reach your objective of a zero-punch list faster. Inadequate construction quality is a major cause of project delays during the closeout stage. However, it is critical to remember that quality should be built-in. This is opposed to being added as an afterthought at the conclusion of a project. When you have standards and quality checks in place along the route, you avoid the need for costly rework and project delays at the end.
Even adopting a punch list structure for your inspections is an excellent approach. This helps keep your team focused on quality throughout the construction process. A punch list form is well suited to the purpose of quality control. Its checklist format is ideal for providing quick monitoring while also documenting exactly what needs to be fixed and whether or not it has been accomplished.
Create a Punch List Budget
One of the most important goals of every project is to stay within the budget. However, financial overruns are common when attempting to complete a project. Setting a budget for the punch list in advance might be a useful approach for keeping a project on budget. It also speeds up the progress of punch lists because there are fewer doubts about where the money will come from to complete them. Setting up this budget as part of the initial project allocation is, of course, the most effective method.
Ready to get your commercial project going? Contact Headwaters Construction today. We’d love to assist you in tilt-up construction, construction planning, and more. Head to our Facebook today to check out what people are saying about us!