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Construction punch list taxonomy (infographic)

OCTOBER - GuestBlog - Trimble - Construction punch list taxonomy
November 1, 2018 at 10:11 a.m.

By Trimble.

A well-documented punch list helps contractors, staff, subcontractors and clients complete projects.

At the end of every construction project, whether successful or not, there’s often the task of completing a construction checklist, also known as a punch list. A punch list is best described as a comprehensive checklist prepared near the completion of a construction project, listing tasks and items that do not conform to contract specifications; signifying what needs to be done before final payment.

A well-documented punch list is a powerful tool in wrapping up a construction project. More importantly, having clear and concise punch list items serves as a collaboration platform between the variety of project stakeholders, including contractors, staff, subcontractors and clients.

When creating a punch list, there are several key areas of a project that you want to have a checklist of to essentially ‘check off’ as quality and complete. But, where do you start? The below infographic showcases a taxonomy of common punch list items broken down by areas of the home or construction job site. Each project may have a unique specific checklist depending on the job and location, but this list will give you a good general idea of checklist items you should include in your closeout process.

Common Punch List Checklist Items For Easy Reference


  • Hot and cold settings are correct
  • Faucet works and runs
  • Bathtubs and showers work
  • Fix any drain and supply line leaks
  • Toilets run
  • Sink stoppers work


  • Breaker correctly labeled
  • Fixtures are correct color
  • Install light bulbs
  • Switches work with proper polarity
  • Receptacles tested and working
  • Sockets free of paint
  • All switches, receptacles and covers are correct color

 Walls & Ceilings:

  • Drywall patching
  • Walls are flat
  • Free and clear of paint, dust and debris
  • Paint touch up


  • Garbage disposal working properly
  • Refrigerator is on and cold
  • Dishwasher hooked up to water and working
  • Oven and stove have gas/power and turned on


  • Free and clear of paint, dust and debris
  • Window caulking
  • Windows lock and unlock
  • Windows open and close smoothly


  • Carpet has no warping
  • Grout touch-up on tile
  • Sweep, mop, dust, vacuum floors
  • Floors are flat with no squeaking
  • Clear floors of dust and debris

 Entries & Exits:

  • Door opens and closes properly
  • Door hardware adjustments
  • Locks installed and work properly
  • Once these items have been documented in the construction checklist, it’s easy to distribute to all parties involved in order to allot time for fixing unfinished tasks. With a streamlined and up-to-date punch lists, you’ll be able to complete a project closeout in no time!


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Editor’s note: This article was first published on Trimble’s blog and can be viewed here.



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