The Dotted Line: A successful project closeout starts at the beginning

Closeout for a general contractor encompasses several tasks, including the gathering of warranties for work and materials; providing to the owner operation manuals, as-built plans and other information necessary for maintenance and repair of the property; completing punch list items and making sure all change orders have been booked and submitted to the owner.

Subcontractors play a major part in this process as they’re the ones typically performing punch work, generating change orders and amassing the assorted paperwork and documents the general contractor will eventually hand over to the owner.

So how can contractors ensure a smoother closeout process? As it turns out, the time to start closing out a job is well before the owner wants to take possession and certainly before the last equipment and finishes are installed.

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