The Importance of Construction Checklists

Checklists are time-consuming to create and implement, but spending a little time on admin here can really save money and time down the line.

Quality control is the best way to eliminate punch lists and ensure your customers are happy. Call backs can be expensive and time consuming, especially if they require peeling back layers to fix problems. Spending more time and money on a job throws your scheduling off too. One way to ensure consistent quality is to implement checklists.

Once the initial documents are created and your crew is trained on how to implement them, they can actually save you time and help you to implement a culture of quality on your jobsites. Checklists can help to prevent mistakes and accidents. It also means your crew know exactly what needs to be done and when it needs to be done with cuts down on miscommunication.

Checklists help to get repeatable results. Checklists can be created on apps so that they are easy to update and everyone involved from designers to managers have access to the latest developments in real time.

It is important to create and test your checklists to ensure they work as intended and don’t create issues in the workflow. The best way to ensure that is to include your team when designing them. Input from the crew will help to get them onboard and to find the best ways to streamline the process. Onboarding can be tough, especially for crews who are experienced and have been working in the same way for years. In these cases, start small with one checklist for one job monitored by one person. If it works, expand the checklist system slowly, making sure to properly train all involved.

When checklists and created and implemented in a collaborative environment, they have the potential to streamline your operations, cut down on miscommunication, improve quality and set your company apart from all the rest. Checklists can help to prevent mistakes and accidents for a safer jobsite.

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