8 Steps to Reducing Construction Punch List Items

Some of our guiding principles at FTQ360 are that construction defects can be prevented and that construction punch list items can be reduced. While these two concepts are certainly linked—fewer defects means a shorter punch list—you can’t rely on punch lists alone to get you there.

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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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The Strategic Advantage to using Construction Inspection Checklists

A checklist is more than just a few items scribbled on the back of an envelope for the next trip to the grocery store. It’s a communication tool that’s clear and concise, and can have a significant effect on a company’s bottom line. In fact, builders are adopting checklists as a method to mold their employee’s, Trade Partner’s and customer’s perception of the company brand.

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5 Ways a Mobile QM System is Changing the Construction Jobsite

Just a few years ago, the main advantage of using a smart phone on the construction site was turning on the flashlight app. Today, smart phones are as important a tool as anything found in the contractor’s toolbox, especially when it comes to a managing quality.

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5 Actions to Get Subcontractors Committed to Quality

A strong Quality Assurance Program can actually give the mid-size builder a competitive edge over those large builders with deep pockets. Jobsite waste, scheduling errors, rework, dry-runs and call backs get jumbled-up in the rage of volume building, where the race to deliver projects on-time can overwhelm any quality assurance efforts. It’s actually easier to deliver first time quality (i.e. finishing each milestone in the construction schedule 100% complete and on time) in a smaller business model. In fact, the builder can respond to changes faster, implement improvement measures easier and deliver a quality project with fewer people, fewer resources and fewer mistakes and accidents. But this is only possible when the subcontractors and crews work as a team with each other and the builder.

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Subcontractor Performance Issues? How to use a QC Program to promote improvement

Subcontractor reliability and performance are essential to the success of GCs and home builders. When subcontractors underperform, it’s frustrating, time-consuming, and brings the construction schedule to a grinding halt. But what should the Builder do when a subcontractor isn’t bringing its A Game – or worse, isn’t even showing up? Can the Builder help improve an underperforming subcontracting partner? Or should the Builder cut its losses at the first sign of trouble?

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