Punch List

Shandy Heil, Baker, Eugene, Reichel, Claudette H.

A sample punch list of items that the homeowner may want to inspect as part of developing a project is provided here. Your project is unique, and you may not need all of these inspection items listed, but you may also have features to your house that are not covered here.

This list is a good starting point for adding to and removing finish-up items that your inspection reveals. To reduce the possibility for miscommunication, and for the purposes of keeping a record of progress on the punch list, it is a good idea to take a picture of each deficient item and to correlate the pictures to the list items.

If you and your contractor disagree about an item on the punch list, a good reference guide to help with your negotiations is the Residential Construction Performance Guidelines, which can be purchased from the National Association of Homebuilders. This manual stipulates criteria for judging workmanship. It helps you and your contractor come to agreement about when flat is flat, when plumb is plumb and when finished is finished. This guide will help establish standards for workmanship that guarantee good quality without placing unreasonable expectations on the contractor.

How to use the checklist: In the space provided by each item, the owner would indicate that the work is completed by writing his or her initials, or indicate that the item is not applicable to the contract by writing “NA”, or indicate that the item is deficient by writing “TBC” (To Be Completed).

(Add or remove items as necessary for your project.)



Building Inspector

Electrical Inspector

HVAC Inspector

Plumbing Inspector

Termite Inspection


NA / TBC Exterior

All concrete forms have been removed.


Grade slopes away from house 6 inches vertically for every 10 feet horizontally.

Final grade smooth and back fill settled.

­­All wood products removed from soil around house (termite protection).

Loose concrete cleaned up and hauled off.

Hose bibs work.

Brick and other wall surfaces cleaned.

Gas and electrical meters are connected and sealed.

All penetrations through walls caulked and sealed.

Gutters and downspouts properly installed.

All exterior trim properly installed.

Shingles correctly nailed.

Roof flashings properly installed.

Roof vent collars caulked or sealed.

All fascia correctly installed.

All soffits correctly vented and installed.

Windows securely installed, operate correctly and caulked including top.

Screens installed.

Siding properly nailed without bulges.

Trim properly nailed and caulked.

Deck properly installed and nailed.

Steps and railings secured.

Exterior locks working.

Exterior doors properly hung, properly close and properly lock.

Door weatherstripping and thresholds installed and ad­justed.

Garage doors properly installed and operating.

Site is clean.

No missing insulation in floor or ceiling joists.

If elevated structure, is drainage and ventilation adequate?



All doors are plumb, open freely and don’t close by themselves.

All bypass and bi-fold doors are plumb and properly oper­ate in their track.

All doors clear the carpet.

All doors undercut for air circulation.

Door stops installed.

Base joints tightly fit and are caulked.

All shelving properly installed.

Closet rods installed.

All drywall joints and fasteners properly floated.

All trim and moldings in place and properly installed and caulked.

All surfaces requiring paint are properly painted with adequate covering.

No gouges in wall from installation or finish work.

Counter tops correctly installed.

Insulation properly installed in attic.

Attic access properly installed and insulated.

Outlets and switches installed — no gaps in cover plates.

Lights and outlets properly operate.

All fans work.

Garbage disposal works.

Dishwasher works.

Oven and stove properly operate.

All light fixtures have bulbs in them and work (bulbs are not covered by the warranty).

All electrical trim in place.

Proper disconnects in place and operational.

All electrical circuits labeled.

All smoke alarms function.

All HVAC registers in place.

Clean filter in AC/furnace.

Thermostat controls installed and operational.

Furnace turned on in the winter.

A/C on in the summer and certified by contractor as able to keep the house 20 degrees below outside temperature.

Ductwork properly installed, insulated and sealed.

A/C fans operate properly with acceptable noise levels and good distribution.

Proper plumbing shutoff valves in place and operational.

Tubs and sinks properly installed and caulked.

Hot and cold water in all sinks turn on.

No leaks in plumbing fixtures.

Toilets properly installed and flush.

Floor drains have water in traps.

Plumbing access panels installed.

Bath hardware tightly fitted to the wall.

Mirrors securely installed.

Shower doors installed and caulked (where ap­plicable).

Appliances properly installed and working.

Cabinet doors close.

Cabinet doors and drawers operate properly -- open all cabinets and eliminate squeaks.

Cabinet trim properly installed.

Countertops installed and properly caulked.

Linen closet shelving correctly instal­led.

All flooring installed properly and without damage.

Rails and balusters securely fastened.

All windows open and close with­out binding.

All windows lock.

Floors vacuumed clean.

Handrails and/or guardrails are installed and properly secured on all stairs.

All parts of the house clean and free from construction debris.

All excess material neatly stacked in the garage.

Review the contracts and check all change or­ders to make sure they are completed.

Manuals for appliances and systems ready to give to owner.

1/19/2007 6:12:35 AM
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