Thursday, May 7, 2020

Five Handmade Mother’s Day Gift Ideas



With Mother’s Day just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about some special gifts for that special lady. Not every gift has to break the bank! Sometimes, handmade gifts made from the heart are just as valuable too. Put your creative skills to the test and make something nice and personalized for mom: 

1. Egg Carton Flowers

Flowers are an iconic part of every Mother’s Day. If you want to get creative with the flowers you give your mom this year, consider making some out of egg cartons! Simply cut it up into sections to use as petals, use straws or sticks for the stems, and buttons or beads for the center. Of course, you also need to paint it any color of your choice. 

2. Handmade Cards

Break out the colorful paper and glitter for this project -- unless you want to keep it simple! An easy or extravagant handwritten card with decorations and words personalized just for your mom is perfect, and something she can save for a lifetime.

3. Painted Pots

If you have any leftover flower pots that aren’t being used at the moment, you can revamp them for a fresh new look. Repaint them, decorate them, or fill them with her favorite flowers. Plus, she’ll think of you every time she waters the plants. 

4. Bake Her Some of Her Favorites

If mom has a sweet tooth, consider baking her a treat or two. From cupcakes to chocolate bark, there are a variety of online and easy to make recipes that your whole family can enjoy.

5. Make a “Reasons Why I Love You” Book

Write out all your favorite things about your mom and put it all together for one very special book! You can add pictures and personalized details but the most important thing is to speak from your heart and let her know how grateful you are for her!

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, May 1, 2020

5 Tips for Selling Your Home in the Spring



Selling your home is no easy process, but sometimes adapting to the season you’re selling it in helps a lot. Spring and late summer are said to be some of the best times to sell your house, so here are some tips and tricks to prepare for everything you’ll need during the process.

1. Curb Appeal

While curb appeal is important all year round, there’s something really special about how your home looks in the spring! You’ll want your landscape to be at its best, so consider some beautiful and bright spring flowers in the front yard. Also, a nice front door repaint or siding power wash will ensure your home looks its best.

2. Repairs

If you notice any easy-to-fix issues around the home, it will benefit you and the selling process if you get them repaired before the house goes on the market. Gutters, roofing, siding, and more can all be done easily and fixed quickly!

3. Start Your Selling Process ASAP

Spring is the best time for selling because it’s an easier time for people to research what they want and most families will want to get settled before the new school year begins. Late April early May is said to be the best time for selling since it’s nice outside and you can take advantage of the longer days. So, start getting everything ready soon.

4. Declutter The Inside

If you have a lot of furniture and items around the house, it could seem cluttered and messy to new eyes. Consider donating some old items that have been collecting dust for years. Separate your valuables from this pile and clean everything thoroughly.

5. Price Everything Fairly

Make sure you do some research before selling! Compare prices of your home and the rest of your neighborhood. It’s not good to overprice since it will probably become difficult to sell. However, you don’t need to go extremely low either. Find that sweet spot perfect for what you’re looking for, a professional realtor can help you with that.

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, April 20, 2020

How to Apply for Property Tax Grievance in Suffolk County



With the deadline for Suffolk County coming up, make sure you’re fully prepared and informed on how the property tax grievance process works. To make it easier for you, we have laid out all the necessary steps you’ll need to complete in order to get everything done before the deadline approaches.

Submit Your Forms

Submit your signed form! The application can be found on our website and it only takes a few short minutes to fill everything out-- getting you started on your property tax grievance journey.

Gain Confirmation 

Receive confirmation from our team. P.T.R.C., Inc. will reach out to you and let you know whether or not you are eligible for the grievance application. We will work with you to figure out where your application stands.

Let P.T.R.C. Represent You

Once your application is accepted, P.T.R.C., Inc. will represent you before the Board of Assessment Review (BAR). This is the board specific to Suffolk County.

The Process, Continued

If the BAR were to accept your form and case, we here at P.T.R.C., Inc would proceed with the reduction process. However, if the decision is different, we will move forward with the Small Claims Assessment Review(SCAR). 

What we do With Denials

If denied at the board level, SCAR is the only way to get a reduction for your home. Not to worry! Our team has been very successful here and “a $30 court filing fee is required for SCAR to purchase an index number which guarantees your case to be heard.”

The Appeal Process 

On your behalf, P.T.R.C., Inc will complete all the necessary paperwork and pay for the index number needed. Once filed, the Supreme Court will schedule a meeting for your case. This step could take a few months, depending on how many other SCAR appeals have been filed

We will use the Comparable Market Analysis in your appeal process, which compares properties in the same area of your home. From here, P.T.R.C., Inc. will appear on your behalf and show all the necessary information and evidence needed.

Final Steps

Once successful, there are a number of ways the reduction grant can be adjusted. We have stated on our website that “the reduction can be reflected on your tax bills in which case you would pay your taxes based on the lowered assessed value and thus no refund will be due to you.” Also, as a result of the reduction, a refund check can be issued for the overpayment of taxes.

 The last action that can be taken is a partial adjustment in your assessed value, which means a partial refund can be issued for the time being. Each option differs for each person, but we will ensure we find the right solution for you.

Repeat this process again next year in order to ensure a reduction in your property taxes again!

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

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Worthwhile Spring Renovation Projects


Spring cleaning isn’t necessarily all about tidying up-- it’s about renovation too! If it’s been a while since you’ve done anything to freshen up your home, now might be the perfect time to consider it. The warmer weather makes it easier to complete projects both indoors and outdoors. Here are some worthwhile spring renovation projects to consider for your home:

Repainting Indoor Walls

Over time, your walls can fill with dust and stains from years of aging. Now is the perfect time to upgrade your house with a fresh coat of paint. Whether you stick to the same color or change, it is up to you. A new color or a bit more brightness to the interior of your home will help freshen it for the new season.

Upgrade Your Flooring

Have you forgotten what a smooth and new flooring looks like? Maybe it’s time for an upgrade. Consider putting in new flooring in the rooms that need it most or merely giving your wood floors a refinishing or your carpets a deep clean. Doing so can increase your home’s value too.

Add a Deck or Patio

The outside of your house can benefit significantly from some renovation, too. Depending on your yard, you may want to consider adding a deck or patio to spruce things up. Both of these projects can be done by summertime, so you’ll have someplace to spend time with friends and family.

Outside Transformation

Old backyard furniture can weaken and break with age. Now is the perfect time to upgrade. Consider new and stylish patio furniture for all your spring and summer needs. It will make you want to spend all your time outdoors!


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, April 13, 2020

Ways To Stay Productive While At Home

It can be hard to focus when you’re doing work from home. It’s easier to be productive in a work or school setting since you’re not as used to doing everything at your own house! But it’s important to stay mindful of your work ethic and figure out some helpful ways to get yourself on track and getting used to the change: 

Create a Work Space

It’s essential to separate the leisure parts of your home from your working area. Set up a makeshift office space to get the feel of actually being in the office. If you are doing your work from your bed or couch, you might feel less motivated to push yourself!

Get Dressed

It can be so much easier to stay in pajamas all day, but doing so can keep you unmotivated. That isn’t to say you need to dress fancy, but something other than sweatpants or pajamas will help get you in a more productive mindset.

Stick To a Schedule

Your daily routine, while working from home, can be quite different from the method you have on a regular workday. Try not to ruin any sleeping schedules or let home distractions get in the way of your daily tasks. Create a plan and stick to it, so you’re able to complete your work as efficiently as if you were in the office.

Put Away Any Distractions

Depending on where you are set up for the day, you could be surrounded by plenty of potential distractions! Make sure you put the phone away and turn off the television if you find yourself lagging. Also, make sure you have quiet space for phone calls and meetings if they happen to come up last minute.

Know When To Take Breaks

It is so easy to lose track of time while working from home. If you’re cooped up in your room and staring at a computer screen all day, of course, it will take a toll on you and your work ethic. Take little breaks throughout the day to ease this tension. Walk around the house, grab a snack, and take a breather. Don’t let yourself get too overwhelmed.

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

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

How to Prep Your Home for Spring


Spring is in the air! As the weather gets warmer, we’ll tend to spend more time out of our homes enjoying all the season as to offer. Get a head start on these projects to freshen your home.

Do Some Spring Cleaning

Though this may sound like a cliche, spring really is the best time to get to cleaning. With warm weather coming, you’ll want to get outside more often, leaving much of the housework you’ll want to do is thrown to the side. Consider these areas:


  • Declutter bedrooms, closets, cabinets  and living spaces.
  • Clean windows and put new window treatments up.
  • Give your floors a good clean and wax.
  • Vacuum and dust any surfaces that may be carriers for indoor allergens.
  • Switch beddings to lighter covers for warmer weather.

Inspect Your Roof

From fallen trees to mounds of snow, your roof can sustain a large amount of damage during the winter months. When the weather warms up, it’s best to inspect your roof and change for any signs of damage early so that a professional can make necessary repairs. Broken shingles or leaks can cause hefty property damage.

Repair Windows and Screens

Just like your roof, your windows and screens can take a beating through the cold winter months. To ensure you’re not wasting money cooling your home by letting that air go right out a broken window this spring, and to prevent allergens from coming inside, you’ll want to repair any damage.

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

The Veterans' Property Tax Exemption: Explained

What Is The NYS Veteran’s Exemption?

If you are a veteran in New York State, there are property tax exemptions that those who have served in the U. S. Armed Forces, including veterans who have served in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard can apply for.

All veterans must submit a request for the exemption to their assessor, including proof of discharge under honorable conditions. This information typically includes times and places served in active duty. These exemptions only apply the following tax levels:

  • County property taxes
  • City/town property taxes
  • Village property taxes


There are three main exemptions that veterans can apply for in New York State:
Cold War Veterans’ Exemption: available at the residential level for veterans that served during the Cold War. It is up to the description of counties, cities, and villages to offer this exemption.

Alternative Veterans’ Exemption: available at the residential level for veterans serving during a designated time of war, or those who have received an expeditionary medal. 95% of counties, towns, cities and villages offer this exemption, and some school districts have the choice of offering it as well.

Eligible Funds Exemption: awards a partial exemption to property a veteran purchases. Contact your local clerk for more information.

For more information, visit the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance website.

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