How to Use a Video Tape During a Punch List in New Construction

When you purchase a new home, you do a punch list with the builder noting paint, sheetrock, trim and other items that need to be repaired before closing. You as the buyer and the builder (via his superintendent) will sign a list of things to be done between this time and closing, and unfortunately sometimes after closing.

There are a couple of tips that you, as a buyer, need to know:

1. Make sure that as you are pointing these things out that you and/or your agent are also writing a list. You will be surprised to find that the superintendent looks like they are writing, but for some reason not all of the items are on the final list? At the end of your comparison, you sign the list, the superintendent signs the list and you take a copy of the punch list.

2. You will be marking paint problems, sheetrock issues and trim that needs to be repaired with blue painter’s tape. The superintendent will tell you several times that they have a rule for you to stand back 6 feet and see what you can find. Don’t do that. Get up close and demand that your home, no matter what price range, is done to your satisfaction. Ignore them when they tell you that the home is not going to be perfect. This is just their b.s.

Now, here is where the rub comes in, the blue tape items are not added to the punch list. So, after you make your marks with the blue tape for the painters to come back, make sure that you video where the blue tape is. I use a Flip camera. Flip cameras load directly to You Tube or AOL and/or my laptop directly and then I am able to take my laptop with the video to the house on the final walk-through. Make sure that the superintendent sees you video the house and that you are giving a narrative about