Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Top 5 Most Clever Halloween Treats


Sometimes half the fun in Halloween can be the special treats you make for the occasion! From healthy-fun options to baking some yummy goodies, there are plenty of recipes for families to recreate this year. We have some easy to make treats that will surely be a hit in your house:

Mummy Pretzels

These savory and sweet treats are easy to make and fun to eat! The ingredients you need are:

  • A package of large pretzel rods
  • White chocolate melts
  • Candy eyes

Melt your white chocolate according to the package and spread out your pretzel sticks evenly on wax paper or a cooking sheet. Using a utensil, create lines using the chocolate all along the pretzel stick until it looks like it’s a mummy all wrapped up. Add the candy eyes near the top and enjoy!

Dirt Pudding

Sounds gross, but trust us when we say this is such a classic and fun chocolate treat! You’ll need:

  • Chocolate pudding
  • Gummy worms 
  • Sandwich cookies

Separate your chocolate pudding into clear cups and fill them about halfway up. Add some gummy worms in the middle of your pudding as you're filling the cup. Then, using a plastic bag, crush up your oreos until they are smooth and have a dirt-like consistency. Add this to the top of your pudding cup and place more gummy worms on top-- and tada!

Ghost Brownies

This easy to bake snack will be all your family can talk about this weekend! You’ll need to get:

  • Brownie mix (or ingredients to make your own homemade brownies)
  • Marshmallows
  • White chocolate melts
  • Black icing

Bake up your brownies and let them cool for a few minutes before adding the rest of your ingredients. Then, on top of each brownie, place a marshmallow. Melt your chocolate melts according to the package instructions and pour this over the marshmallows. Wait for it to dry and then use your black icing to add two eyes and a mouth to your ghost and you’re all done!

Here at P.T.R.C., Inc., we are determined to help our clients pay the lowest amount of property tax as required by law. Contact us today to see how we can help you:

Friday, October 23, 2020

A Guide To Carving Pumpkins


Nothing screams Halloween like good ol’ fashion pumpkin carving! Anyone new to this spooktacular arts and crafts project will need a thorough step-by-step guide. Sometimes even professional pumpkin carvers need a refresh after a year off. So, if you’re planning on setting up some cute Halloween decorations this year, we have your full guide to carving pumpkins.

Step 1: Get your pumpkin

Picking out the perfect pumpkin for carving means you should keep an eye out for ones with more rounded, smooth surfaces. It will make it easier for you to neatly pull off your design ideas! 

Step 2: Invest in pumpkin carving kit

If you want to make things quicker and more precise, those pumpkin carving kits will work perfectly. They come with tools for the job, such as scoopers and carving tools. You won’t regret it!

Step 3: Pick your design

Are you looking to make a spooky scary type of pumpkin? Or are you leaning more towards something cute and simple? Either way, you should plan out your design ahead of time. Don’t wait until the last minute, and then mess up your carving because you weren’t prepared! 

Step 4: Print out your design

What some people do instead of free-handing their picture is they print it out and place it on the pumpkin to help guide them while they carve. The picture will tell you where to cut and how many details you will need. 

Step 5: Stay safe and have fun!

Remember to be careful while using any carving tools, and to never let children carve pumpkins without a parent present. If someone needs help, lend them a hand! And if someone is too young to handle the tools, painting your pumpkins is always a great idea! It’s a fun project for any family or friends to participate in to celebrate Halloween. Add your candle inside, decorate your home, and take pride in your creation!

We can’t wait to see your pumpkin designs!

Here at P.T.R.C., Inc., we are determined to help our clients pay the lowest amount of property tax as required by law. Contact us today to see how we can help you:

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Home Maintenance Issues That Can Be Solved Easily


As a homeowner, it might seem like there is always something to fix. However, not every issue requires professional help. Save money and time by solving the problems yourself. But, also remember which ones can’t actually be done by you. Here are some of the most common home maintenance issues that can easily be solved by homeowners:

Flickering Lights

When you notice a lightbulb in your home seems to be flickering or dimming, all you need to do is replace it with a new one. We added this to our list because if the issue continues after replacing the bulb, that’s how you know there may be something wrong with the internal system. In this case, a professional electrician will take care of everything. But, other than that, it’s as simple as a lightbulb change!

Cold Spots

If you notice cold spots around your home, it might be a good idea to start sealing up vulnerable areas around the house. This includes areas around windows and doors. With temperatures dropping, having cool air sneak into your home can be concerning and raise energy bills. A simple sealant will do the trick.

Gutter Flooding

With the changing of seasons comes a lot of leaves falling off the trees. If you notice during a rainstorm that the water isn’t being drained properly, your gutters are probably clogged up by leaves and debris. A simple cleaning will do the trick-- an easy chore for homeowners to take on. Just hop on that ladder with the proper equipment and get your gutters cleared.

Here at P.T.R.C., Inc., we are determined to help our clients pay the lowest amount of property tax as required by law. Contact us today to see how we can help you:

Thursday, October 8, 2020

DIY Halloween Decorations


Halloween is coming up, which means it’s time to start decorating for the occasion! But for those who are feeling a little creative this month, there are plenty of spooky DIY crafts to be done. For both indoor and outdoor, here are some of our favorite DIY Halloween decorations to consider:

Pumpkin Carving

This one is a given. Perhaps one of the most well known DIY home decorations, all you have to do is get some nicely shaped pumpkins and a carving kit and go to work. The beauty of this craft is that the pumpkins can be placed both inside and outside. People usually opt for outside, where then you can stick a light inside and create the perfect ghouly atmosphere for your porch.

Bubbling Cauldron

Create a magical feeling by DIYing your own bubbling cauldron. It just takes some dry ice and water to make the magic happen. Remember to always use gloves while using dry ice and never let it touch your skin. Be sure to wear safety goggles as well, and keep it a fair distance from younger kids until it’s all done and created!

Spider Wreath

Truly one of the spookiest decorations of them all has to be the ones with creepy crawlers. DIY the perfect decor for your front door by making your very own spider wreath. It just takes some string and tiny spider pieces, and you’re in business. Follow this step-by-step guide to make your own. 

Spooky Hand Soap

Spice up that boring hand soap you have around the house with home Halloween themed additions. It’s as easy as adding little fake spiders and eye balls to the container, making hand washing even more freakishly-fun! The kids will get a kick out of it and you can always re-use the pieces in new bottles of soap.

Here at P.T.R.C., Inc., we are determined to help our clients pay the lowest amount of property tax as required by law. Contact us today to see how we can help you:

Monday, September 21, 2020

Top Fall Scented Candles To Get For Your Home


It’s that time of the year! Time to fill your home with delicious smelling candles, all scented to match the beautiful fall season. Not only do these candles fill your home with fresh smells that you can’t find any other season, but they also bring the perfect lighting ambiance to your home, just in time for the days to get shorter. Wonder which fall scented candles you should get? We have the perfect list.

Pumpkin Anything

Pumpkin pie, pumpkin spice, pumpkin patch; pumpkin anything will fit perfectly! When you think of the traditional autumn theme scent, pumpkin is probably the first thing to pop into your mind. There are so many different kinds of variations of this scent that you can get as many as your heart desires.

Cinnamon and Spices

Cozying up next to the fire and with a cinnamon spiced scented candle lit is a recipe for the perfect fall evening. Both incredibly sweet and mouth watering, they are second on our most popular list. The reason why these two smells are so popular during this season is because they are the perfect autumn flavoring in desserts, reminding us of home through every bite-- or sniff. 

Inanimate Objects That Remind You Of Fall

We’re talking about candles called “Sweater Weather” or “Warm Wood” and other inanimate objects that make you think of autumn. You’ll be amazed by how similar to the name these candles can smell, which help really bring that fall feel to your home. They aren’t for everyone, but everyone should give them a try at least once in their lives!

Fall Fruits

If your home is already filled with fall fruits, why not also fill it with candles that will enhance those scents? Apples, figs, pears, and cranberries all are back in season soon, so of course their aromas are popular as well. Every room will feel more inviting and fresh.

Here at P.T.R.C., Inc., we are determined to help our clients pay the lowest amount of property tax as required by law. Contact us today to see how we can help you:

Friday, September 18, 2020

The Dos And Don’ts of Filing a Grievance


It may seem like there’s a lot that goes into filing a property tax grievance, but the process can be easier than you realize. Especially if you keep up with the dos and don’ts of filing a grievance. However, if you’re still unsure about how it all works, we are always here to help.

Remember These Dos and Don’t While Filing a Grievance:

Do keep in mind that as a homeowner, you are entitled to file a Property Tax Grievance. This is a process that involves a formal complaint against the assessed value of your property.

Don’t forget to do some research. It helps to take a look at similar homes to yours or your neighbor’s and see what their taxes look like. This way, you can better understand the market value of your home and make more sense of your property taxes.

Do make note of the filing periods for your area of residence.

Don’t hesitate to ask questions, that’s what we’re here for! You can give our office a call at 484-0654 so we can answer any questions or concerns you may have as we enter the new filing period.

Do be patient. The grievance process is a long one and it could take around 18 months from beginning to end. However, regardless of when your case is finalized, the results will always be retroactive to the beginning of the tax year for which you filed your property tax grievance.

Don’t fret if your request is turned down. This will not cause an increase in your taxes and there are no penalties just for trying. You can apply again next year.

Do apply now! It comes at no extra cost to you and there is no charge for unsuccessful cases. 

Don’t miss your deadline. It’s important to keep up with your area’s specific deadlines. Filing time is once a year, so don’t miss out.

Here at P.T.R.C., Inc., we are determined to help our clients pay the lowest amount of property tax as required by law. Contact us today to see how we can help you:

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Fall Maintenance Tips For Homeowners


As the new season quickly approaches, homeowners should begin to prepare for what this change will bring to their home. From pesky leaves to a drop in temperature, fall maintenance is no joke. Know all the steps it takes to keep your house organized and clean in autumn, so that you can enter the rest of the year with a well kept and aesthetically pleasing home.

Rake Often

In order to keep a clean lawn and keep things organized, raking your leaves often is key. It can be a strenuous task, but it’s not something that needs to be done by one person. Get the whole family together for some leaf raking and make the chore go by much faster. Plus, it keeps your curb appeal up all throughout the fall season. 

Clean Out Your Gutters

In fall, there is so much clutter in your gutters. It’s important to clean out all those leaves and debris, so that water can properly drain through the system. When your gutters are full, they can’t move water like they’re meant to. Instead, water will flood out the sides and top, which could cause water damage to parts of your siding and foundation. Just put on some gloves and keep those gutters clear!

Wash Your Windows

Don’t you want to be able to see the beautiful orange and red leaves on the trees? Then, your windows are going to need a good washing. Making this chore a top priority during the changing of seasons helps keep your home clean all year round. Bonus: getting rid of the moss and allergens from your windows can help keep your indoor air quality clean along the way.

Here at P.T.R.C., Inc., we are determined to help our clients pay the lowest amount of property tax as required by law. Contact us today to see how we can help you: