Showing posts with label home improvement. Show all posts
Showing posts with label home improvement. Show all posts

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! 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

How to Build a Fire Pit in Your Long Island Backyard

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

Why did you move out to the suburbs in the first place? It was for that extra space to customize and make your property as enjoyable as it possibly could be. In Nassau County especially, land is not plentiful, but we have become great at making the most out of the space we do have. You only need a small hole to make this fireplace a reality and it will really add a new element to those summer nights!
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What You Need 

  • Concrete Wall Stones 
  • Cap Stones
  • Sand 
  • Shovel 
  • Tape Measure 
  • Level 
  • Tamper 
  • Steel Rake

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Step-by-Step 

  • Fire pits usually tend to be about 40 inches in diameter. Measure this out and buy enough pavers to cover that diameter. 
  • Once you have your pavers laid out in that diameter, dig a 12-inch hole in that location and pour sand inside. Tamper the sand so that it is level in the hole. 
  • Begin laying your wall stones on top of the pavers. It is very important that you leave some cracks in between the stones so that air can breathe to and from the flames. 
  • Once you have stacked your wall stones around the perimeter, 12 inches above the hole, you are almost ready to get started! 
  • Pour another layer of sand into the pit so that it covers the first layer of wall stones.
  • Buy 4-6 Adirondack Chairs or decorative seating arrangements and place them at least a foot back from the pit. 
  • You are ready to enjoy! 
Write to us on Facebook and let us know how you're going to be celebrating Summer! We look forward to the best time of year and we are ready to get started on taxes once the Fall rolls around! 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

The Best Ways to Spend Your Property Tax Reductions


Now that tax reduction season is over, our employees and management staff are taking some time to travel and enjoy themselves. This is a popular time of year to take vacations and get the summer off to a nice start, but that isn't the only way to spend tax refunds. Here are three great ways to use that extra money you received by filing with P.T.R.C. Inc

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Vacations 
It's not a coincidence that tax season comes right before vacation time as our government wants to get people out and traveling. Vacations have always been a popular way to spend tax reductions and there are plenty of great places to go this year. If it was a big reduction year for you, you can splurge and go on one of these amazing vacations: 
  • Orlando, Florida 
  • Grand Canyon, Arizona 
  • Maui, Hawaii 
  • Las Vegas, Nevada 
  • Los Angeles, California
Home Improvement 
Home improvement work needs to be looked at as an investment. If you decide to add an extension or dormer, that is going to raise your taxes, but the return value on your home might be worth it. Studies from realtors show that renovating a kitchen or bathroom is the best 'bang for your buck.' You can't completely rip and re-do a bathroom for around 6-10 thousand dollars if you are a budget conscious. But realtors say that a new bathroom is most likely going to make your home sell faster and for closer to your asking price! 

College Savings
It can be hard to think of savings when you receive a tax refund check, but the best homeowners are always finding ways to save! If your friends at P.T.R.C. Inc. got you a nice little refund check this season, why not set some aside for your children's future. Ask anyone who has put kids through college and they'll tell you they wished they saved a little more early on. If you are forced to play catch up during their tenure, or if they have to accrue debt, it won't be good for their post-college financial situation. Every dollar helps! 

We aren't party planners or travel agents, but we sure can get you the most returns from your property taxes. 

If you have any questions about filing a tax grievance, call 516/631-484-0654 or email us at info@ptrc.com and one of our friendly customer service representatives will point you in the right direction.