Using A Punch List And Doing Multiple Walk Throughs

Your business is your baby; therefore, you must protect it by making sure each phase of your facilities build out is managed properly. Let’s face it, you invest a lot of time and money into building your business in order to be profitable.

One simple mistake can cost time and money. Having a proper system in place can prevent mistakes from occurring.

Watch the video to learn some simple strategies that you can apply to your company’s construction project’s today.

As you can see from the video, when the AV team installed the speaker, the cone was dented and damaged. All equipment must be installed properly and in excellent condition in order for the equipment to be used properly. Having a dented cone in the speaker can affect the overall quality of sound, as well as the overall life expectancy of the speaker. Sound quality is important, as you want to create a nice environment for your employees, as well as for your customers.

Benefits of Using A Punch List Throughout A Project

As a project manager who has helped thousands of clients over the last 20 years, I have built new spaces and have reconstructed existing spaces. I work with all of my clients on creating a punch list prior to the start of the construction project to ensure we do not skip any steps and that the project runs smoothly. It is a good habit to NOT to wait until the end of your project to do a complete punch list.

A punch list is something that can be revised multiple times throughout the project to make sure your space is being built to the specifications detailed in the construction drawings.  While you obviously do a final construction/punch walk after the project’s completion, revising the list several times throughout the construction process helps to identify hidden defects or damage that may show up later in the construction process.

You want to be sure all construction meets the specifications and that the space has no damage.  Also, you want to have an agreed upon punch list with timetables for completion before taking the space over from your General Contractor.

Benefits of Multiple Walk Throughs

I highly recommend having multiple walk throughs while your project is being constructed.  Having multiple walk throughs will make sure that the team is using the best quality materials and is not taking short cuts.

While you walk through each stage of the project, you can check things off your punch list and watch the progression of the project, which can be very exciting.

Each stage from infancy to completion is important and must be treated with care. Rushing through any phase of the project will only lead to mistakes which will cost more time and money in the long run.

Now I’d like to hear from you.  What preventative measures does your company take in order to prevent mistakes from occurring during the build out phase?

When building out your company’s info structure, do you work with a project manager to create a punch list?

If you have an alternative solution to prevent mistakes from occurring, I’d love to hear from you as well.

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