Punch list: No one is immune to the storm that kicks up just when you’re headed out the door to the next job. And no one feels the pressure to stay on top of punch lists more than a residential builder.
But there’s a way to get you out the door faster and hang onto your sanity.
I just have a few questions for you first.
After your walkthrough, you might file your scrubbed checklist away in a box in your truck. Then you have to repeat the process with another punch list from the owner and designer (all while juggling multiple projects elsewhere).
First question: Do you need a checklist to punch a project?
Like a daily report filed away in a banker’s box, a punch list checklist is static and not collaborative. Anything that happens on the jobsite – be it an important conversation while you’re on the road, an update on jobsite conditions, deliveries, news about a subcontractor…that piece of paper can’t tell the full tale. And you’re probably getting those updates at least 5 different ways.
Then it’s on you to update your stakeholders 5 different ways.
Second question: Can you stop doing that?
Despite your best efforts, wrapping up a construction project of any size through one-off phone calls and emails will inevitably lead to misunderstandings and mistakes, because information is all over the place. Using collaborative punch list software gets everyone, including subcontractors and architects, on the same page, looking at updates on the project the second they come up. Also, messages, photos and other documents can easily be added to a mobile punch list so all the supporting materials are in one place.
With simplified organization for you, and fewer mistakes on your jobsites, you can:
A.) Not feel the need to babysit your subcontractors
B.) Keep the owner satisfied
C.) Finish the job faster
That brings us to one last question: You’re not waiting for punch list to start a punch list, are you?
With subs and suppliers scattered over new projects, getting them back on-site can take as much work as actually fixing the issues, so managing a healthy pre-punch list will save you time in the long run.
Managing construction projects with software (especially software that’s built for the field) helps builders monitor progress on multiple projects while on the road, and it saves them significant time updating owners and other stakeholders.
Closing out jobs with less on your punch list, and stakeholders who are looped in, is the easiest way to stay on track and get paid.