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Last edited 14 Jan 2019
A work-to-complete list is a list compiled by a contractor and issued to each subcontractor and their crews at, or near, completion. It is a list of the remaining items and any defective work that subcontractors required to complete before leaving the site.
The work-to-complete list, enables the contractor to formalise remaining work and ensure that subcontractors properly complete their contractual requirements before final payment is made and they move on to the next job. It can prove difficult to get subcontractors to return to a project once they have left.
The work-to-complete list is similar to the ‘snagging list’ or ‘punch list’, which is a list of faults identified by the appropriate certifying authority (typically the architect, contract administrator, or employer’s agent) which must be rectified before a certificate of practical completion can be issued.
Many contractors will wait for the the snagging list to be prepared before issuing their work-to-complete list. However, the earlier the subcontractors receive the list of remaining items, the sooner the problems are likely to be resolved.
The list should be clear, and very specific so there is no ambiguity about what needs to be done and where.
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