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Importance of planning, simple 4 step process

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By Karen Iwamoto

“Wise men say only fools rush in.” The lyrics from the song popularized by Elvis Presley referred to love, but they could just as easily apply to the building of homes, which are also near and dear to Hawaii’s families’ hearts.

The home is where they gather for meals and time together, and where they return after long days at school or work.

Atlas Construction understands that while families want a home that best suits their lifestyles, it takes careful planning and research to achieve this.

It may be tempting to jump in feet first, taking on an extensive building-remodeling project alone to cut down on the expense of hiring a contractor. However, doing so will likely cost more in time and money in the long run. Things to consider include:

  • securing the necessary permits
  • assessing the building’s overall condition
  • investing in the proper tools and materials to get the job done
  • The company has a simple four-step approach to guide customers and remove the stress and uncertainty from the building process:

    1. Design consultation — Atlas will meet with customers to discuss ideas and to turn their vision into a reality.
    2. Budget planning — This step helps customers determine which type of building project works best for them, along with tips about mortgage rates and loan types.
    3. Drafting and design — This is the fun part. Atlas puts its customers’ designs on paper and drafts a plan to meet their needs.
    4. Construction — Atlas drafts a construction agreement and secures the agreed-upon price. Then, construction scheduling is coordinated and selection sheets are passed out.

    “We want our customers to feel comfortable and confident about any project they’re undertaking with us,” said Rodney Kim, vice president of construction for Atlas. “That’s why we make sure they are kept informed from start to finish.”

    Atlas also hosts seminars and workshops throughout the year to prepare homeowners for the building, renovation or remodeling process. Sign up today for their next FREE events:

    BUILDING SEMINAR
    Wednesday, July 26
    6:30pm
    Dole Cannery, Pomaikaʻi Ballrooms

    Thursday, July 27
    6:30pm
    Pearl Country Club, Pearl Room II

    CONTRACTOR’S OPEN HOUSE
    Pearl City
    Saturday, July 29
    Sunday, July 30
    10am – 4pm
    1850 Hoohai St., Pearl City, HI 96782

    “We encourage anyone considering building, remodeling or renovating a home to attend one of our seminars to make sure they are prepared for what may come up along the way,” Kim said. “We want to make sure we are on the same page with our customers and that we don’t move on to the next step in the process until we are all in agreement.”

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