As a Tulsa commercial contractor, I spoke about finishing up a project and how difficult and how much effort it takes to complete the last 10% of a project. One of the things that is difficult to complete is the punch list. Now as the job progresses a subcontractor will bill the general contractor or construction manager each month for the work that they’ve done for that month. At the end of the job everything but the retainage has been paid to the subcontractor.
As a Tulsa commercial contractor, we withhold 10% as retainage and the retainage is not to be paid until the job is 100% complete less the warranty term. At the time the punch list is issued the work is 99% complete but the payment is only 90% complete but there may be very minor items that the subcontractor is supposed to do but relative to the amount of money that is being held under retainage it may not be worth doing.
The actual driving force behind getting the punch list done for most subcontractors is the maintenance of the relationship to the Tulsa commercial contractor and to the owner of the project. For instance if a subcontractor is a commercial paneer and you need them to return to the site to do some touch up paint were other subcontractors have nicked the wall or the door while moving material in out that means that that commercial painter has to mobilize a individual or a team to a site to basically do free work for the amount of time it takes to get the paint touched up.
If a subcontractor is busy that is not an easy task to just break in individual or team off of the next project to go do an another and again it’s basically doing that project for free. Also at this time the punch list is generated the Tulsa commercial contractor has walk the building with the owner and the architect and they’ve seen it and they know what’s left to be done and they are typically ready to get their building or project completed and want you to get done and as a Tulsa commercial contractor you may be you know really almost pleading with A subcontractor to mobilize back to the site and get the work completed.
Typically, most of the workers don’t want to redo work they’ve already done either and they are in no hurry to get back to the site to get it done as well. This boy Tom takes a lot of diligence in being able to get that part completed. Before a walk-through is done with the owner and architect and a punch list is generated a Tulsa commercial contractor will walk-through the project and do a pre-punch list and try and get everything completed so that final process of the owner architect punch list is shorter. In most cases no matter how good a Tulsa commercial contractor does at the pre-punch list phase the punch list is longer than The Tulsa commercial contractor anticipated.
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They’re typically or large design flaws or errors that are seen but occasionally an owner or person using the facility may walk in and see something that is a perceived as a design flaw and that always leaves a murky area between Who is to take care of the item. If the item is small enough or if there are contingencies built-in two words being done who is responsible may not be a large deal you can get a sub-contractor out there look at it fix the problem as long as it doesn’t impact too many trades shouldn’t be an overly complicated fix.
Where items can get potentially financially messy or complicated for a Tulsa commercial contractor would be an area where during the initial design phase there was a request to make something heavy duty or to be sturdy for instants Aaron during the budgeting phase is that reinforcement was reduced to save cost but at the end of the project the people who may or may not be the owner that are going to be using the project may say that because of the decreased reinforcement it’s actually unusable and we have to find a way to reinforce it or it’s rather pointless to have all this.
For instance, if a Tulsa commercial contractor were to build a fence to contain an animal, but the fencepost wasn’t linked together the leverage that could be obtained at the top end of the fence post could be used to break the post. If the post on the fence can be broken the fence is rendered useless because if it can’t hold what it’s designed to hold it’s pointless so you may have to go back and reinforce that.
The fence designer may want some compensation if they initially offered the reinforcement and was then subsequently take it out to save money. Now the real issue comes into play as to why the reinforcement was taken out. Besides the issue of saving money it may come down simply to who asked for it was it an item that the architect asked for to keep the project in budget was it a item that the owner wanted reduced to stay in budget was it an item that the contractor asked to be taken out so that they could get the job?
Depending on the answers to these questions would be the answer to who is financially responsible for reinforcing the fence. Now depending on the owner of the architect and the Tulsa commercial contractor these questions and answers may be easy to figure out an easy to come to a resolution on without things you don’t happen to go back-and-forth very much but in other circumstances these things can lead potentially to legal action or basically someone having to eat the cost well I guess regardless someone will have to eat the cost whether it’s the owner or the architect or the general contractor or the subcontractor.