The 5-Step Construction Quality Control Process

Construction quality control is a process that should be integrated into every project and refined as lessons are learned over time. When done well, the result of this effort is an improvement in first-time quality, which means less rework and higher profits for your company. Delivering first-time quality, zero-defect work also contributes to a higher level of customer satisfaction, which can help you retain clients and increase sales.

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10 Quality Control Mistakes Construction Companies Make

There is no one-size-fits-all solution to construction quality control. Every company will have different processes, checklists, and punch list items based on the type of construction, subcontractors, and regulatory requirements. However, there are some common mistakes that we have seen in our decades of experience with construction quality control.

Do any of these potential quality control pitfalls sound familiar to you?

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Why Construction Quality Management Software Beats Spreadsheets Every Time

Adopting a new construction quality management software solution can feel overwhelming or even unnecessary, especially if you already have a collection of spreadsheets that helps you manage quality. However, it’s important to ask these three key questions:

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Why Does Quality Management Matter in a Construction Project?

Construction quality management is often viewed through the lens of inspections, checklists, and punch lists. While these are all important components of maintaining construction quality, there is more to it than just a collection of documents. Quality management is a process-based approach that impacts more than just the project you are currently working on. When done well, it’s integrated into every project, and the lessons learned are applied to future work. The result is not just an excellent individual project but a system that ensures quality in everything the company does.

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What It Means to be "Proactive" with Construction Quality Control

In virtually any context, avoiding a problem in the first place is more effective than fixing a mistake. This is especially true in the case of construction errors that cause delays and cost money. The errors must be fixed before the project is delivered in order to meet codes and specifications, so the more you can avoid making costly mistakes, the more successful and profitable the project will be. Being proactive with construction quality control will help you achieve key milestones on time and on budget, leading to both happier clients and a better bottom line.   

What does it mean to be proactive with construction quality control? The first step is to shift your mindset out of the traditional approach, and the second is to adopt new systems and methods for being proactive.

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Showing the ROI of Quality Control in Construction

Quality control in construction can do more than just improve the end results, it can also help you save money on future projects. Having a defined QC process and the right tools to execute it will make projects go smoother, reduce mistakes, and help you learn from the ones you do make. Adding layers to an already complicated construction process might seem like a daunting task, but investing the time and resources in quality control can actually produce a measurable return.

Being proactive about quality control in construction is well worth the investment. Here’s why:

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4 Steps to Evaluate Subcontractor Performance

Every Builder knows that having a solid specialty subcontractor base can make or break the company. Subcontractors who show-up on time and complete their jobs 100% keep the building schedule moving. Contractors who don’t, create complications and delays that can give the Builder a bad reputation.

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Managing Trade Partner Growth: Why Some Builders Succeed and Others Fail

The last couple of years have been optimistic for homebuilders, with rising home prices and increased margins. However, as pipeline reports lengthen, a new problem has surfaced: the trades struggle to keep up with the increased demand. And, when the subcontractors grow too fast, the building quality can suffer.

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