Thursday, July 30, 2020

The New Way to Go Out to Eat On Long Island

With more businesses reopening this summer, there is a new way of going out to eat that we’ll all have to get used to. And it’s for the best! In order to make sure residents and communities are safe, we must start adjusting to these changes, and make the best of everything. As Long Island begins entering its next few phases, keep these few new expectations in mind: 

Outdoor Seating

One of biggest changes for restaurants right now is that a lot of them are moving their seating outdoors. This ensures they are still adhering to the health guidelines created by the state while still being able to get back to business. Most spots require you to keep your mask on until you are seated, and they must be worn whenever you leave the table. Also, all utensils and kitchenware are brought to your table after you’ve been seated; they don’t set the table before you come. Indoor seating is now open to 50% capacity, so keep that in mind moving forward!

Reservations Required

We’re used to being able to just show up to restaurants and get seating fairly quickly, however now it will be different. If you plan on going out to eat, make sure you make a reservation (if available) at least a few days in advance. People are itching to get out of the house, so many tables might be taken already. Be sure to call and check with the establishment beforehand.

Know Your Options

Although it might be nice to get out of the house, remember that many (if not all) restaurants still have take-out options! If you feel like you’re not ready to go out yet, there’s nothing wrong with that. Order take-out from your favorite place and eat outside with the family right in your very own backyard.


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: info@ptrc.com


Thursday, July 23, 2020

4 Things That Might Make Your Property Taxes Go Up


Property taxes are often a huge burden on homeowners, and everyone can agree that no one wants to get an unexpected increase. It’s important to take into account that there are quite a few factors that could lead to that increase in your property taxes-- all of which might take you by surprise. Here’s what every homeowner should know:


1. Additions to Your Home

It’s rare that homes stay the same from when you first moved in. In order to make it more personal, you might plan construction or even additions to the home. However, depending on the job, it may cause your property taxes to rise. Especially if these changes alter the square footage of your home.


2. Moving to a New Area

Depending on the town, city, or state, your rates will change when you move to someplace new. Even if you move to an area that seems of comparable value to where you used to live, rates will still be different. You should discuss municipalities and rates with your realtor before making any decisions.


3. Increased Home Sales in Your Area

More sales around you means more of an increase in taxes for that area. Towns and cities change every day, so keep track of your local community’s information. That also includes construction and demolitions, as well as amenities such as parks and lakes.


4. Local or State Changes

Your local and state budgets affect you and your neighborhood everyday. Some changes, such as edits to public services, can cause your property taxes to increase suddenly. Both funding services and cutting services will affect your taxes, too.


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: info@ptrc.com

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Summer Renovation Projects

Your home could always use some sprucing up for summer, and though we might be midway through the season, you can still add some beach like decor and add-ons. If you’re not sure where to get started, we have the perfect list for you:

Add a Sunroom

If you want to still soak in the sun without having to spend too much time outdoors, a sunroom is the perfect addition. It’s a sweet little spot for relaxing and enjoying summer, all from the comfort of your own home. It even can be utilized all year long.


Replace Windows

Your old windows can be dirty, scratched up, and ready for a change. Summer is the perfect time to replace these because you’ll want to let the sunlight in all day long and this quick fix ups your home’s value easily. Not only that, but it’s warm enough outside that I can be done fairly quickly, with interruptions from the fickle weather forecast.


Pick Any Room To Upgrade

Why not take advantage of the beautiful weather and get started on a room renovation project. From your kitchen to your bedroom, upgrades can never hurt! You can decorate the new spot to match a more summer aesthetic, bringing your home to life.


Pretty Up The Outside

Your lawns need a little love this season too. Take this time to finally add in that garden or deck you have been dreaming about. Or, take time to keep your greenery clean so that your house looks just as beautiful outside as it does inside.



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: info@ptrc.com

Monday, July 6, 2020

The Strength of Long Island


No act of kindness is too small. Long Islanders, we can proudly say that there are many dedicated and generous people who are always putting their community’s needs first. And though these past few months have been brand new territory for us all, there are still many local heroes that found a way to contribute. Here are some you should know about:


Mateo Solis

For Mateo’s 10th birthday, he decided that instead of gifts he wanted to start a fundraising campaign for those affected by the coronavirus. His family helped decorate their front lawn in celebratory decor, and he set up his booth for donations. He ended up raising around $1,109.14 in donations — a birthday well spent!



The Watson Family

This family of five made sure that there was enough food for everyone to go around. Amy Watson, who works at the Locust Valley Central School District, knew first hand how difficult it was for some families who relied on daily school meals. And so, a food drive was created, and she and her family gave meals to those in need all over the island.


The Cooper Sisters

There’s nothing sweeter than receiving letters from those who know how to brighten your day. Abigail and Emma Cooper worked day and night decorating cards and writing letters. Since nursing homes weren't allowed to have visitors, the sisters sent the messages to the Acadia Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Riverhead. Their letters made all the difference for the residents there!


The Greenport Community

It is hard for those in quarantine to get the necessary supplies they need at home. Penelope Rudder understands just that and gathered a group of residents in Greenport to help deliver groceries and more to those who could not leave their homes. The community was very grateful!


From the individual to an entire community, anything can be done through perseverance and compassion. We are Long Island Strong!

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: info@ptrc.com

Friday, June 26, 2020

What To Plant In Your Garden In Summer


If you have always wanted to start planting more fruits and vegetables in your garden, but you’re not sure where to start, we’re here to help! In summer, these fresh foods will be a great addition to your home and garden and can last into autumn as well.

Fruit:

  • Blackberries and raspberries: Berries are quite easy to grow, and they survive rather very well in warmer seasons! They just need a good amount of sun and water and should be planted at least 2 to 3 feet apart for best results.
  • Blueberries: While a part of the berry family, blueberry bushes are smaller and require a little extra love. They love the sun and moist, well-drained soil.
  • Apples: You can find apple trees in many different sizes, so you can choose one that fits your yard perfectly! Not only do they do well in summer, but they also can last into fall and provide you with fresh apples for multiple months.
  • Tomatoes: Nothing goes better with a summer salad than fresh tomatoes. You can place these seeds into a deep container, or keep them in their own section of the garden.


Vegetables:

  • Cucumber: The most well-known summer vegetable would have to be cucumbers! They grow fast and can be found in vining or bush form. Plant the seeds at least 2 inches apart and watch the magic happen.
  • String beans: This nutritious and delicious treat is easy to grow and easy to maintain. They only need regular watering and warm soil in order to flourish.
  • Peppers: Not only would fresh peppers be perfect for cooking, but they also add a nice pop of color to your garden. They just need full sunlight and consistent watering!


Start your summer garden now and begin adding fresh fruits and vegetables to your meals! You won’t regret it.

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: info@ptrc.com

Monday, June 22, 2020

4 Helpful Tips For Organizing Your Taxes


When it comes to your taxes, it pays to keep everything organized. With the right preparations, you can have your papers ready, and reduce the chance of the process being overwhelming when tax day comes. Here are a few organization tips that will help you keep track of everything you’ll need this upcoming tax day.

Set Up Filing System

Often, your important documents can get thrown aside along with junk mail and other unimportant letters. Start creating a personalized filing system now so that you can access your records quickly and easily. Take time to utilize Post-it notes, folders, or computer space to keep everything together!

Group Things Together

Sometimes there are so many different papers and documents to go through that even a filing system won’t help. And when it comes to your tax returns, you should keep your records 3 years from the original date you filed for the first return. It’s a smart idea to keep your receipts together, income statements and documents together, and return papers together. This way you know exactly where to search when looking for them. 

Consider Online Filing

If the traditional filing system doesn’t work for you, there are plenty of online resources you can utilize in your quest for organization. There are many companies that offer personalized software packages and live personal help, just make sure to do some research to see which one suits you the best. 

Hire An Accountant

There’s nothing wrong with getting a little bit of help when you need it. Accountants are here to make your life easier! You can go over all your documents with them and they’ll certainly make sure everything is in place for when tax day arrives.


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: info@ptrc.com

Friday, June 12, 2020

How To Make Your Home Feel Like A Vacation


Your home is supposed to be a place where you can relax and refresh. However, with most of us spending a lot more time at home, it can be hard to find a way to recharge. If you’re itching for a getaway, but boarding a plane isn't in your near plans, maybe it’s about time to start planning for your perfect vacation...at home! Your staycation awaits.

Establish Your Relaxing Zones

It’s important to separate your entertainment zones from your relaxing zones. This way, you’ll actually be able to relax when you want to. Turn your bathroom into a mini spa just for yourself, or create the perfect romantic dinner for two in your kitchen one night.

Move Furniture Around

When you’re on vacation you’re in a brand new environment. Give your home a “mini makeover” by moving some furniture around to create the illusion of a new place! You never know, you might even fall in love with your new layout.

Spend More Time Outside

Your back and front yards can become your best friends during a staycation. Consider eating and relaxing on your patio or lawn more on nicer days. The more you soak in the sun, the more it will feel like a vacation!

Get Inspo From Your Favorite Vacation Spot

Unfortunately, you can’t go to your favorite vacay paradise right now. However, you can still bring it to you! If you love the beach, you can add some cute beachy decorations throughout your home. If you have a favorite city, you can hang up some beautiful photos you have of that place.


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: info@ptrc.com