9 Tips for Creating Construction Work Site Inspection Checklists

If you have an inspection process in place but are still finding too many defects, it might be time to take a closer look at your inspection checklists. It’s not uncommon for checklists to lose relevance and to see benefits taper off over time. This is because unless you continue to adapt your checklists to your current issues and concerns, they won’t be an effective defect prevention tool.

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Construction Punch List Versus Quality Management Checklists

Both construction punch lists and checklists are important components of a quality management program, but neither is sufficient on its own. Construction punch lists are inherently reactive, while checklists are proactive. Understanding the difference between the two and knowing when to use each of them throughout the construction process is critical for successful quality management and for achieving first-time quality.  

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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 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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Homebuilder Pre-Drywall Inspection: Last Chance To Catch Deficiencies

Many causes of home warranty issues cannot be seen during the closing process because they are hidden behind drywall. A pre-drywall inspection is the last opportunity to catch deficiencies before they cause problems months in the future.

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How to Create Construction Quality Inspection Checklists

One of the most important parts of setting up a construction quality management system is to create checklists that cover all of your inspections. While this might seem like a daunting task, if you are familiar with common problems in the construction business, you can quickly set up checklists based on your experience and stakeholder concerns. Once you set up your initial checklists, you can easily refine them by adding additional items as they come up.

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Onboard Training Using Your Construction QA Program


Many Builders are skeptical of the commitment to training and development. It’s too expensive or too time consuming or just too much of a hassle. It pulls workers off the jobsite and delays the completion of the project. However, most builders have a training program already built into their construction system, just waiting to be tapped.

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