Home Improvement Contractors Bloomington IL

Home Improvement Contractors in Bloomington IL

Most likely, you didn’t come to this page because of the TV show (“Home Improvement,” for those too young to remember), but we wouldn’t blame you if you did. With that said, the focus of this page is, well, us. We are home improvement contractors located in Bloomington IL, and our services include home improvements, additions, and renovations.


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Hiring a Home Improvement Contractor: licenses, permits, and tips

Licenses. Both licenses and permits represent some potentially hairy and harrowing subjects, so we won’t use this space to get into the nitty and gritty of it all, but for your purposes, we’ll stick to what you need to know.

Depending on the state, law requires a home improvement contractor to have a license or registration if engaged in the construction, repair, remodeling, or addition to any land or building used as a residence.

The difference between the two is this:

  • Licensing involves passing exams and meeting certain criteria to prove reasonable competency in a trade.
  • Registration is a written record of who is performing the work. It doesn’t guarantee expertise or competency.

The Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation maintains a current list of registered contractors. This list allows you to look up a contractor or verify the status of his registration (i.e. whether it is active, expired, suspended and/or revoked) and, if need be, view complaints filed with the office against said contractor. Our advice to you as a homeowner: always confirm that your prospective contractor has proper registration and licensing before signing any paperwork, making any payments, or beginning a project.

Permits.

Building Departments must, by the same law as above, issue building permits upon application and approval. These departments look over received applications to confirm that the project is completed in compliance with the state building code and related standards.

Even for small homes and projects, law requires either the homeowner or their contractor apply for a permit. The Home Improvement Contractor Act requires that home improvement contracts over $1,000 be in writing.


Tips For Hiring a Home Improvement Contractor:

  • Confirm that your prospective contractor has proper registration and licensing before signing any paperwork, making any payments, or beginning a project.
  • Connect with your contractor, ensure he understands your goals and has experience in the type of job you are looking for.
  • Contract in writing. Do this before moving forward.
  • Coordinate with your prospective coordinator about your budget.

Whether you’re leaning toward do it yourself home improvement, home improvement on a budget, or simply securing a home improvement estimate, Superior Construction & Renovation is the home-grown business you can trust to help you determine your next steps. Feel free to talk with us, to bounce ideas about inexpensive home improvement ideas off of us, or to speak with us about a free home improvement estimate. We’re excited to get to work on your home improvement project.


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Home Additions In Bloomington IL

We don’t have a clever movie or TV show reference for home additions, but if your Bloomington home could use one, we hope you’ll call Superior Construction & Renovation. We’ve worked to build trust and stability in the Bloomington area for many years now, and we hope to be the name you think of when you’re looking for home addition contractors.


Home Additions: Before & After

Home additions can make for a dramatic change and improvement to your home, especially when you compare before and after. There are a number of things to consider before embarking on a home addition project, including questions regarding permits and codes, as well as the need for a home addition plan.

With home additions, you have a lot of freedom, as long as you operate within specified building codes. This goes for additions to ranch style homes, colonial style homes, bungalows, or modular style homes.

Once you’ve cleared all relevant codes and regulations, you can make the project your own, so go ahead - knock down that wall! Whether you’re thinking of a bedroom or family room additions, we’re right there behind you. Or, maybe you’re looking for bathroom, basement, or deck remodeling, in which case, we’re also right behind you. Maybe you’re looking to improve the outside of your home and need a custom deck built, a service we’re proud to offer. We’ve also worked with clients to create home additions for seniors and disabled to provide ease of access.


Home Additions & Taxes

They say there are two certainties in life: death and taxes. Well, what if we told you that home additions just might save you a bit of money when tax time comes around?

Or maybe you’re curious about improving your home resale value? Perhaps you’re looking into home resale value factors and you’re wondering if that three seasons room you’ve always dreamed about is a good investment? Do home additions add value to my house?

On the subject of taxes, the real question is: are home additions tax deductible? How will home improvements and additions affect my tax return? What do I need to know about capital gains and property taxes? What about financing - H1 grants, and H1 loans?

Our first advice is to take a deep breath. Second, we encourage you to contact us with specific questions regarding your home’s resale value, taxes, and financing. For the time being, however, we’ve put together a quick rundown on these topics to help put your mind at rest.

Yes, it is possible to pay less taxes after a home addition. There are certain restrictions and guidelines for what type of home improvements qualify, but you can save yourself a pretty penny if you play your cards right.

Improvements to your home can be deducted as medical expenses if they are medically necessary. The costs of making a residence wheelchair accessible qualify, as do the costs of installing entrance or exit ramps, modifying bathrooms, lowering cabinets, widening doors and hallways and adding handrails, among others.

It is also possible to receive a federal tax credit of 30% of the cost of qualifying geothermal heat pumps, solar water heaters, solar panels, small wind turbines, or fuel cells placed in service for an existing or new construction home.


Home additions can also benefit your “tax basis,” which is the amount of your investment in your home for tax purposes. In short, the greater your basis, the less profit you'll receive when you sell your home.

 

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