Monday, August 21, 2017

What You Need to Know for Back to School Savings

Property Tax Reduction Consultants
125 Jericho Turnpike, Suite 500 
Jericho, NY 11753
(516) 484-0654 or (631) 484-0654

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Here at P.T.R.C. Inc., we are all about savings. Our main priority is helping you save on property taxes, but why not back to school shopping as well? It's that time of year again and there is no need for big spending. You can pick and choose wisely to make sure you limit your trips to the store and reduce the impact on your wallet: 

Don't Jump the Gun 
Children are easily influenced by their friends and by the people around them. If you buy their new backpack, binders or lunch bag too early in the season, there might be a new trend by the time school starts. This will lead to them wanting new gear and if you aren't tough on them, you'll wind up buying more supplies to satisfy their needs. Wait and let them pick out the one they want to avoid these issues. 

Stay on Track 
Make sure you bring your school list to the store and stick to it pretty religiously. Your child might want additions XYZ, but you need to be stern. It's okay to just take care of the basics first and go back later if they need more of something. If a child is given excess school supplies, they'll find a way to burn through them and sometimes less is more! Teach them how to stretch a dollar! 

Hit the Supermarket 
Places like OfficeMax and Staples will often have deals at this time of year, but you'll get the most bang for your buck at the supermarket. The circulars all have school supply savings this time of year and you can get it all done in one place. Don't bother getting the high end brands either, just getting the knock off notebooks and binders can save you close to 20%. 

Big & Bright 
The problem with school supplies like pencils and pens is that they are lost or lent out too frequently. By the end of September, half their stash is gone and you wind up having to go back to the store to buy more. A little pro tip: Buy them a pen or pencil that is a bright color, has a special design or something memorable about it. They will be more likely to hang onto it. Maybe the logo of their favorite team on it? 

Back to school time means shopping time for Mom and Dad! Once it is all said and done, with the clothes and supplies, we know you're not going to like the bill anyway. So why not get that money back with property tax reductions? 

To file a grievance, visit us on the web or call 516/631-484-0654! 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Tips to Keep Your Backyard BBQ Pest-Free

Property Tax Reduction Consultants
125 Jericho Turnpike, Suite 500 
Jericho, NY 11753
(516) 484-0654 or (631) 484-0654


Bugs are an unfortunate part of Summer, especially at this time of year when they have all reproduced and matured. They are likely already in your yard, so there is no reason to entice them even more. Try implementing these tips to help lock down your personal space:

Bug Repellent Sunscreen 
While sunscreen is important and necessary, it is also not the best in terms of pest control. You can add sunscreen and mosquito repellent, but then you are adding so many chemicals to your skin that are going to dry it out. Next time you are looking to SPF, try adding a little lemon eucalyptus oil and mix it in your hands. It actually hydrates your skin and keeps the bugs away!

Use Plate Covers 
Mosquitoes and bugs love a good salty/sweet meal to end their day. Their sense of smell is keen and mosquitoes from miles away can smell a meal like burgers and hot dogs and all congregate to get their share. You have to deny them! Check out these cool plate covers and see how they work for you!

Cover Your Trash Bins

  • Your trash bins can not only be confined by their lids. 
  • A full grown raccoon can knock over a trash bin with ease and then it will be open season on your leftovers. 
  • Take a bungee cord and stretch it across the top of your lid feeding it through the hole. If the hole in the lid is not big enough, just cut it open more with a pocket knife. 
  • Wrap the ends around the handles enough times so that it is completely taut. 
  • Knock your trash bin over while it is empty to make sure your rope is tight enough. 

Clean Up Immediately 
The time to clean up is IMMEDIATELY after you are done eating! Bring an empty trash bin out to your outdoor table and throw everything away once you have finished your plate. The longer it sits, the more time the mosquitoes have to swarm. After you clean the table, wipe it down with WINDEX to eliminate spills and stains that could cause problems later on.

Bugs are annoying, but so are property taxes! Reduce your bug problems and property taxes with some help from the professionals at P.T.R.C. Inc. We'll give you a fly swatter with your reduction check!


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Don't Forget About Tax Reductions

Property Tax Reduction Consultants
125 Jericho Turnpike, Suite 500 
Jericho, NY 11753
(516) 484-0654 or (631) 484-0654

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The Summer can be a distracting time. The kids need to be driven all over the place, the vacations set you back and the weather can make you lose track of time. This is completely normal, but once August starts to come to an end, property taxes need to come to the forefront. Here on Long Island, we are fortunate enough to have the opportunity to file for grievance and get our taxes reduced by the county. Here is how P.T.R.C. Inc. can help with that process: 

P.T.R.C. Advantage 

  • We have been in business for almost thirty years and the relationships and experience we have accrued are truly invaluable. 
  • We have handled almost a quarter million assessments over our time in business. 
  • We have secured over 1 million dollars in reductions for our clients. 
  • We charge NO FEE for failed challenges. We only get paid if you do. 
  • We will have you paying the lowest possible rate allowed by law.

How to File 

  • Submit an application on our website. 
  • We will present your case to the respective board that oversees your county. (Nassau-- Suffolk) 
  • If your claim is denied at this level, we will take it to the Small Claims Assessment Review board for an appeal. We are very successful at this level. 
  • You will receive your reduction in the form of an altered tax rate, a check for the difference, or a combination of both.

Client Testimonial

"I’m a new homeowner (bought my first house 2 years ago wahoo!!) and decided to try and lower my taxes since during the home buying process I realized how crazy and all over the place taxes were in the same neighborhoods. I decided to send email inquiries to many of the tax reduction companies on Long Island since I had no idea which one to select. I had hired Property Tax Reduction Consultants because I liked how they handled my inquiry. I felt I had some personalized service and that they had answered all of my questions in a timely matter. I just got the results and I am more than pleased. They saved me over $3,000!! I will definitely be using them again and would recommend them to every homeowner." -- Cole M.

If you are interested in earning reductions like the one Cole described here, we can help you in 2017-2018. Our team is eager to get started and we hope you are too! 

Call 516/631-484-0654 or email info@ptrc.com with any and all questions! 

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Save On Air Conditioning Costs With These Tips


Property Tax Reduction Consultants
125 Jericho Turnpike, Suite 500 
Jericho, NY 11753
(516) 484-0654 or (631) 484-0654


This Summer has had it's fair share of moderate and hot days that have required the services of your A/C. We would say about 80% of this Summer has been spent with the A/C on and these costs can get expensive. Especially if you're a teacher or someone who is just taking a lot of time off this Summer. If you'd like to find some areas to save, just keep reading and be sure to thank us later:

Strategic Planting
Most of the heat that we feel in our homes is radiating from our roof and then down through our windows as the day goes on. We can block out this heat and cause a lower natural temperature by planting trees strategically throughout your property. According to the U.S Department of Energy, proper planting can increase your A/C efficiency by up to 10%. 

Lower Your Thermostat
Keeping your thermostat at 73°F instead of 70°F can save you up to 9% on your cooling costs. If you plant properly, you’ll likely still be able to sit at a nice comfortable temperature. 

Become a Fan
The key to remaining cool in all areas of your home is the proper use of fans. If you live in a two story home, you should be running fans on your top floor and leaving windows open on the bottom. If you live in a one story home or apartment, you should close windows near the fan and leave windows in other rooms open for circulation. 

Basement Dwelling
Cold air sinks and your basement is also not exposed to direct sunlight-- making it the perfect spot to chill over the summer. We don’t have to tell you this though, just head down to your basement and feel the difference.

Grill Frequently
Cooking on the stove top can raise the average temperature in your home from anywhere between 3-10°F. You don’t want that! It’s way too hot out there already. Take a portable fan out to the grill with you bring a lawn chair and grill up a delicious meal without roasting yourself in the process. 

The school year is approaching faster than you thought and here at P.T.R.C. Inc. that means busy season is around the corner. You can start to expect our reminders in the mail and if you're a repeat customer, we're excited to have you back for another exciting season. Let's get started on savings!

If you're a first time property tax reducer, fill out an application on our website for fast and easy service!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Lawn Care Tips for the End of Summer

Property Tax Reduction Consultants
125 Jericho Turnpike, Suite 500 
Jericho, NY 11753
(516) 484-0654 or (631) 484-0654


Lawn care is especially important in the late summer because the decisions you make now will carry you into fall. Your neighbors who carry on without acknowledging the heat's impact on their lawns will be dead by October and you'll be thriving! Well, they won't be dead, but their lawns will be! Here are some tips to keep that Long Island lawn clean in late July and August»

Avoid the Crew Cut 
While a nice and cleanly cut lawn is what we strive for, it's better to leave your grass slightly taller in the late summer. Temperatures begin to soar and this leads to rapid evaporation of the water in the soil. Taller grass is not only stronger, but it provides proper shade for the soil to help it retain water! Experts say to add two extra days onto your normal mowing schedule.

Water Early 
Watering is obviously necessary to keep a healthy lawn, but proper watering is often overlooked. If you have a manual or automatic sprinkler, you want to make sure you are running it BEFORE the sun comes up. If you choose to do it too close to noon, much of that water will evaporate before it even reaches the soil. This is a waste of the water you are paying for and it will lead to a dead and dry lawn. 

Dilute the Dog's Mess 
If you're a homeowner that respects your neighbors, you probably clean up after your dog's number two. But did you know that you should clean up after number one as well? On your own property at least... A dog's urine contains acid that can kill your lawn and cause it to look white or brown. When you see your dog lift a leg, let him/her do their business and then just give a quick rinse with the hose to dilute the urine.

Recycle Grass Clippings 
Letting grass clippings lie on the lawn after you finish mowing is an old and effective trick. You the clippings will help your soil retain water, and they will act as fertilizer for growth in the fall. It's really a win win situation if you can deal with the look for a few days. 

When the lawns are covered in snow and starting to frost over, that is when P.T.R.C. Inc. really jumps into action. We start collecting Nassau applications early in the fall and business ramps up as we approach that March deadline. Get your application in early so you know you'll be at the top of the stack.

To fill out an application online, click on this link and let us know if you have any questions! 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Is It Better to Buy or Rent on Long Island?

The decision to buy or rent faces every 20 something year old American at some point in their journey. Renting is obviously more care-free, but it can also set you back financially if you're currently able to start building your equity. A home is an investment. You spend your life in it, and if you're lucky, you'll get greater value for it at the point of sale. Here are some factors to consider in the rent or buy decision»

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Factors to Consider
  • How Long Do You Plan On Staying? We have this up there first because it is probably the most important factor to consider. Average rent on Long Island and in the five burroughs is between $850-$1100. If you are not looking to stay in this area, or if you envision having a family within the next few years, renting is probably best. You'll dodge a lot of the homeowner fees and save for when it is time to buy your own home. 
  • What Deals Are on the Table? This is right below your timetable because it is also VERY important. You might know a realtor or know someone who is selling, and this gives you the ability to skip realtor fees. If you can get a decent home on Long Island for less than $350,000, that is a deal you have to strongly consider. The market seems to be steadily increasing and if you start paying into a mortgage sooner, you'll reap the benefits later. 
  • What Are You Looking For? The price of your home really isn't the ONLY factor you should consider. You should also be taking these things into account: 
    1. How Much Work Does It Need? 
    2. What Are Your Handyman Connections Like? 
    3. What Are Property Taxes in the Neighborhood? 
    4. How Are the Schools? 
    5. What Happens With Your Commute to work? 
  • What Is Your Current Situation? The general rule of thumb for a down payment on a home is right around 25-35% of the sale price. So for your typical $400,000 home, you're looking at about a $100,000 down payment. If you don't have that kind of money, which most of us don't you can go lower, but your mortgage payments will be higher in return. That is why saving as a renter or someone who lives with their parents is so vital. Spouses that are also financially responsible won't hurt your situation either. Just something else to consider in the dating game!  
One of the major factors to consider when house hunting is the property taxes in your search area. You can research this on our website and you can start saving with P.T.R.C. Inc. right away! 

If you have any questions, please call 516/631- 484-0654 or email info@ptrc.com. 

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Choosing the Proper Deck on Long Island

Property Tax Reduction Consultants
125 Jericho Turnpike, Suite 500 
Jericho, NY 11753
(516) 484-0654 or (631) 484-0654

If you were born and raised here on Long Island, you're aware of the lack of space. We still have our backyards, but we need to utilize very inch of space we have if we want to take the barbecues to the next level. A deck is a popular addition that people have been using for years, but it's not as simple as it seems. There are codes, regulations and steep costs that come with adding a structure like this to your home. Here is what you need to know»


Research Your Market 
If cost is your main concern, you're going to love this! An enclosed extension on your home will typically cost anywhere between $150 and $300 per square foot. A deck will only run you about $30 to $40 per square foot which can help you save big! The only issue with a deck is that sometimes the town will give you a hard time about safety regulations and size. To steer clear of problems, head down your block and ask neighbors if you can take a peak at their additions. Size them similarly to what you've seen approved in your community.
Think Long Term 
If you're kids are moving out and the taxes are not feasible for you in the future, leaving Long Island is probably in your long term plans. Try and build or renovate a deck as close to your home's sale as possible. Safety codes are always changing and an old deck can actually hurt the value of a home more than it can help it. Make sure your contractor is accredited and licensed and maybe have the deck inspected to double check before you start showing the home to potential buyers. 
Need Some Shade? 
The obvious issue with building a deck as opposed to an extension is the exposure to elements. You can only use a deck 4-6 months a year and even in those months, you want have any protection from rain. To combat this, some people build physical structures extending from their roof to provide shelter. Others will build a retractable awning, but this is only going to provide shade from the sun and not the rain. Whatever you choose, make sure you get exactly what you want. Don't nickel and dime just to realize you don't like the deck after it is finished. 

If you want a little change up to spice Summer 2017, it's not too late to consider a new deck. If you're going to go through with it, the value of your home will now need to be reassessed. If you use P.T.R.C. Inc. we can make sure you are not being overtaxed by the county! 

If you have any questions about property tax reductions, call P.T.R.C. Inc. at 516/631-484-0654 or email info@ptrc.com.