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Punchlist Limbo

Posted By Mr. Ethics, Thursday, July 17, 2014
Dear Mr. Ethics,

The project architect and I recently prepared a project punchlist. The owner did not participate in the punchlist walkthrough due to a death in the family. She authorized us to proceed in her absence. I think the architect was distracted that day because he did not write some things that to me were clear punchlist items (like raised carpet; droopy copping). I am wondering if I should prepare a revised punchlist to include the items I saw. I know this will mean more work for us but I am proud of our workmanship and I think the missing items might cast us in a bad light when the owner finally walks the completed building. Out other option is to correct the issues without telling anyone. Do you have any advice?

Punchlist Limbo

Dear Limbo,

Ethics dictates that you correct the problems after you issue a revised punchlist. While you could correct the work without letting anyone know, I think it is important for the project owner know what you are doing on the project, no matter how minor the activity. Issue the revised punchlist by saying you walked the site after the punchlist walkthrough and saw these items that were apparently over looked. This way the architect is not embarrassed and you have acted ethically.

Mr. Ethics

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