16 Tips for a Successful Punch List Experience

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Archisnapper has compiled a list of 16 rules to streamline the punch list process. These simple rules can be used to help ensure the punch list process doesn't turn into a nightmare experience. These rules apply to the before, during and after process of punch lists.


  • Begin with the end in mind
  • Focus on what you can control
  • Be a doomsday prepper
  • Invite the birthday boy
  • Check out the scene beforehand


  • Arrive early
  • Use an app
  • Refer to a checklist
  • Bring a buddy
  • Smile
  • Give away strategic favors
  • Don’t make promises you can’t keep


  • Draft the final punch list report
  • Follow up on the remaining issues
  • Look for lessons
  • Ask a favor

(read in-depth explanations of all 16 punch list rules...)