6 Checklist Best Practices to Improve Construction Quality Control

There is no doubt that checklists are essential elements in the effort to improve construction quality control. However, not all checklists are as useful as they could be. If you’re taking the time to create and use checklists, make sure you are getting the most from them by following a few recommended best practices.   

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7 Things the Best Construction Quality Managers Do to be Successful

One of the best ways to achieve excellence in your work is to learn from others who have been successful. However, understanding the core concepts behind construction quality management isn’t enough—you have to execute them. If you are a construction quality manager and would like to improve your processes, consider adopting the following seven practices. It might take some time to roll them out and shift the way crews and subcontractors think about quality, but in the long run, getting to first-time quality is worth the effort.

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What Does it Mean to Up Your Game on “Quality” in Construction?

Through our regular interactions with various big players in the construction industry, we have noticed more and more that quality is being driven from the top down. Owners of large buildings and developers of multiple projects are now asking their contractors to up their game on quality management, for a number of reasons:

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6 Ways Your Construction Punchlist is Hindering Project Quality

The goal of every quality manager should be to complete work with as few defects and with the highest percentage of first-time quality work as possible. While punchlists are an essential component of any quality management process, often there is too much emphasis placed on this step, sometimes to the point of hindering project quality;

If your quality management process is working, you’ll see fewer issues over time, and the ones you do find will not be repetitive. If this is not the case, you may be focusing too much attention on fixing things that have already been completed, and not actually improving the quality of work.

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How Quality Managers Can Work with Superintendents to Improve Quality

Construction superintendents are responsible for the overall success of a project, which includes scheduling, inspections, subcontractor management, job-site safety, staying within the budget, and yes, quality control. Many companies also appoint a quality manager for each project to prevent quality deficiencies from occurring. Too often, superintendents view quality managers as the enemy and expect a contentious relationship. However, as a quality manager, you can actually be the superintendent’s MVP. Here’s how:

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Understanding 3 Types of Construction Quality Software

If you have been in the construction industry for long, you know that there is no magic bullet for managing all aspects of multiple projects. Whether you’re swinging a hammer or wielding an iPad, you need the right combination of talented people, processes, and tools to successfully complete projects on time, on budget, and with first-time quality.

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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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