Above all: what is a punch list?
In simpler terms, a punch list, also known as a punch out list, snag list, or deficiency list, is a checklist of things that don’t meet specifications and must be fixed before the project closeout. From a business perspective, a punch list is an essential document that marks the final inspection phase of a construction project review before moving on to the payment stage.
Punch lists are used in projects of any size. There is no golden standard for the punch list items. Depending on its type — project management punch list, engineering punch list, construction punch list, and others — any item can be included, from incomplete installation to incidental damage to existing material or structures. However, there are some common things:
- Punch lists name the location of the work, the name of the task, and deadline by which the project must be completed.
- All deviations are usually supported by photos and comments
- Typically, construction punch lists include specific details about damage to other materials or items, incorrect installation, or information that something is not functioning properly.
In some way, punch lists prevent you from having to redo items over and over again. Let’s look at how this process flows.