At this point you’ve made countless decisions, it’s all coming together, and you can hardly wait another moment for all of it to be over. But after all the time and money you spent, you want it to be perfect. The Punch List is the final review of your remodel to make sure everything is completed and done right.
Here is a simple tool to help you inspect your home, make sure you don’t miss anything, and track that all items are completed.
You will want to review all aspects of the project and note any items, no matter how small, that need some form of touch up. Your contractor will have items to put on this list as well.
Punch List Template
This template is an excel spreadsheet can be downloaded and customized for your needs. It includes finish details for a full-scale remodel. Simply use the items appropriate for you and delete or ignore the rest.
Punch List Categories
The sheet is organized by room and by trade. Trade refers to the type of sub-contractor that is involved in addressing that item. Trades commonly involved in punch list items and finish details include carpentry, electrical, plumbing, HVAC or mechanical (heating, ventilation, air conditioning), tile, flooring and paint.
The list can be sorted by location for your review, and then by trade for your contractor to schedule the work. For multiple bedrooms or bathrooms, simply copy and duplicate the rows and label them for each room.
As you inspect your home and add notes to this template, carry a roll of blue painter’s tape. Put tape next to each item on the list to make it easy for your contractors to find. (Make sure any new paint has dried first!)
- Look back to your contract and scope of work and make sure everything is accounted for.
- Inspect all light switches, faucets, toilets, outlets and appliances that were installed for your project and make sure they are working correctly.
- Inspect any items installed on walls, such as cabinets, light switch and outlet covers, toilet paper holders, towel racks and mirrors to make sure they are level and were mounted correctly.
- Look at the quality of the paint job, especially at borders and corners, to see if any areas need touch up.
Once all of the punch list items are completed (if not before), your contractor should schedule the final city inspection and get sign-off on the permits. Then the project will be officially closed in city records. When permits have been signed and punch list items completed, CELEBRATE!