Monday, April 12, 2021

Outdoor Activities for Long Island Families

 



The season of bloom is here, and with it comes some beautiful temperatures and scenery! For Long Island families, there are plenty of springtime activities to start participating in that are fun and safe. For those perfect weekends without rain, we’ve got some great ideas for you to enjoy below:

Picnic

Upgrade that simple lunch with a fun, outdoor eating experience! It’s so easy and doesn’t take very long to prepare for. Whether you choose your yard or a local park, it can be a great way to get out of the house. Here are all the essentials you’ll need:
  • Picnic blanket or old blanket
  • Basket or container for food
  • Plates and utensils
  • Finger foods (sandwiches, fruits, small desserts, small snacks)
  • Travel safe liquid holders
  • Ice packs or temperature-regulating coolers
  • Trash bag

Bike Riding

When was the last time you went on a good old-fashioned bike ride? Everyone can hop onto a bike and take an extended family trip around your neighborhood or surrounding areas. It’s a great way to keep active after long days in front of the computer. Consider all the benefits of biking with your whole family every week or every other week!

Visit Famous State Parks

From Montauk Point State Park to Robert Moses State Park, there are plenty of outdoor areas open to the public to visit. Remember to search up any COVID-19 regulations before you go, but for the most part, these places require you to wear your mask while near other people or indoors. The best part about these spots is that you can easily steer clear of other people. Similar locations include:
  • Caumsett State Park
  • Montauk Point Lighthouse
  • Cooper’s Beach
  • Jones Beach State Park
  • Port Jefferson
  • Long Island Aquarium
  • Tanger Outlets

We love Long Island, and we hope you and your family find some ways to love it a little more this spring as well!

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 6, 2021

How to De-Stress During Tax Season

 


Although Tax Day has been moved back a month, it can still be a stressful time for homeowners! This month is also National Stress Awareness Month, which makes now the perfect time to start practicing some de-stressing skills in anticipation of the new Tax Day coming soon. Here are some tips on how to get yourself feeling calm and ready during this taxing time.
 

Get Everything Organized Early

Nothing is more stressful than having to figure out all your balances and tax numbers at the very last minute. Luckily now you have more than a month to plan everything out, so organize your paperwork, gather receipts, and figure out what kind of help you need from outsourcing agencies for any complications.

Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For Help

There are plenty of ways to get assistance while figuring out everything you need involving your taxes. From accountants to organization tools, it’s a process that doesn’t need to be done alone. No matter if it’s your first tax day or your twentieth, the best way to lower your stress is by not going at it all by yourself!
 

Don’t Dwell

Sure, it may be tax season, but it’s not healthy to only think about your taxes for the next month. Of course, it’s an integral part of your life, but you deserve chances to relax and take it easy as well. If you find yourself awake at night thinking about your finances and it’s bringing you a considerable amount of stress, there’s nothing wrong with treating yourself to a self-love day. We’re talking warm drinks, relaxing and watching T.V., and doing whatever it takes to de-stress.
 

Get Those Numbers Lowered

If some of your numbers are slightly higher than you initially anticipated, know that you have options to get them lowered. Most importantly, you have the chance to get your property taxes reduced! If you feel those numbers should be lower than they are, we here at P.T.R.C., Inc. are dedicated to assuring that our clients pay the lowest possible property tax as required by law.
 

Property Tax Reduction on Long Island

Our Nassau County deadline is April 30th, 2021, so don’t miss your opportunity to get your property taxes lowered this year! Contact us to see how we can help you, or email us info@ptrc.com today!

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Nassau County’s Filing Deadline is a Month Away

 


Attention Nassau County! Your filing deadline period is about a month away, on April 30th, 2021! Do you have everything you need to get started?

Don’t miss out on the potential of lowering your property taxes. All applications must be received by 2 pm on Friday, April 30th, so get yourself started through us!
 

How Does It Work?

You submit your signed application, and then, hopefully, you will receive a confirmation from P.T.R.C., Inc. that we received your application within the deadline and you’re eligible to file the grievance application. We will represent you before the Assessment Review Commission (A.R.C.) in Nassau County. Based on the decision rendered by the A.R.C., we will either accept the reduction or we will proceed to Small Claims Assessment Review (SCAR). SCAR is the only way to obtain a reduction if denied at the board level. However, we have proven highly successful here! A $30 court filing fee is required for SCAR to purchase an index number which guarantees your case to be heard.

P.T.R.C., Inc. will purchase the index number and complete all necessary paperwork on your behalf. Once your appeal is filed, it is up to the Supreme Court to schedule a hearing (This can take up to several months because of the numerous SCAR appeals being filed).

Once Successful…

Once successful, depending on the municipality and your hearing date, a reduction granted can be reflected/adjusted in several ways. Such as, the deduction 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. Another method would be that a refund check can be issued for any overpayment of taxes due to the reduction. An additional process can be a partial adjustment in your assessed value and a partial refund. Many factors can influence how the different municipalities reflect/adjust your property tax bill each municipality, and reduction can be unique.


All we need is your application, and we’ll take care of the rest! And remember: we only charge for successful cases.


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, March 22, 2021

Property Taxes: Expectations vs. Reality

 


Sometimes, your property taxes aren't always a straightforward topic. A lot of factors determine your payments such as your location, employment status, and old or current construction and renovation projects. Homeowners tend to have many expectations regarding their property taxes, but we're here to debunk some common myths and misconceptions to help you remember the realities surrounding your home.
 

Expectation: All That's Needed is the Down Payment to Own a Home

Reality: There are so many other factors that play into buying a home for the first time. Many new homeowners tend to forget to factor property taxes into their budget completely. That's not the only extra fee; there are appraisal fees, legal fees, and title insurance.
 

Expectation: Your Property Taxes Won't Change Yearly

Reality: Your tax bill can change each year due to changes in your school district or local government budgets, revenue, total assessed value, and tax rates. Tax rates generally increase every year, so even if your assessment remains unchanged, your taxes increase. From there, you need to multiply your property's assessment (your review minus any exemptions) by the tax rates issued by your school district, municipalities, counties, and special districts to see what you owe in full for property taxes this year.
 

Expectation: You Can't Lower Those Numbers

Reality: You can get your property taxes lowered; just file a property tax grievance with our help! Here at P.T.R.C., Inc., our main objective is to minimize our client's property tax assessment with personalized service.

Expectation: Applying On Your Own is Easy

Reality: While you can apply by yourself, most homeowners are unprepared and unaware of the information and evidence needed to represent themselves for a property tax hearing successfully. We'd be happy to help!

Expectation: You'll Still Get Charged Even if Your Case is Turned Down

Reality: We don't charge for unsuccessful cases! Your property taxes will remain unchanged, there are no penalties, and you can file again next year if you choose, so the process comes at no risk to you. It's worth the effort to try!

Property Tax Reduction on Long Island

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, March 15, 2021

Lucky Home Superstitions

 

There are plenty of unlucky superstitions for homes, but there’s rarely any talk of all the lucky ones. If you want to keep your home a place of good fortune, and maybe avoid common issues homeowners face, then we’ve got you covered. Follow this list for some great ways to make your home lucky as we move into the new season.

Mirror Placement

Be careful where you place your mirrors! It is said that mirrors capture energy, so if you have your mirrors facing the outside, they can capture the good energy that comes from nature. This doesn’t always carry over for ones in washrooms or bedrooms, but it’s important to note that you should never have a mirror facing your bed. It’s said to bring bad luck and maybe even cause nightmares.
 

Try a Salt Lamp

These decorative lights have gained much popularity in recent years. They are carved out of pink Himalayan salt and emit a gentle light that’s perfect for bedrooms or living rooms. But, they aren’t just decoration pieces! They are known for their many health benefits, supposedly being able to clean out your home’s air, soothe allergies, boost your mood, and promote better sleep. And what’s luckier than that?

Elephant Decoration

Elephants are said to bring good fortune and protection in many cultures. It’s common for new homeowners to decorate their house with some elephant-themed pieces since having many can go a long way. Not only that, but they help add a little bit of personality to any room.
 

Critters and the Future

Did you know that certain critters you see throughout the day while at home could mean different fortunes? It is said that having a bee in your home represents a fire sometime down the road and that a bird slamming into a window is an omen of bad luck to come. But, one that might be the most interesting, seeing ants in your home represents financial fortune.


While it seems like an interesting concept, we don’t think anyone wants to deal with pesky critters in their home, no matter the kind of luck they’ll bring. Luckily for you, you can call up an exterminator to deal with those ants and still have a financial fortune. Just give us a call to start saving money!
Property Tax Reduction on Long Island

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, March 5, 2021

How To Bring Back Curb Appeal After Winter

 


There's much debate about whether or not winter is a pretty month. Though not much grows, snow and other conditions have the capability to be beautiful. But how much do these weather conditions do for your curb appeal? As we begin to rush towards spring, we can start to look forward to some gorgeous spring weather and, in turn, better curb appeal. Here are some ways you can start bringing back your home's appeal after a long winter:
 

Mailbox Makeover

Spring is the season of change, so why not change up the look of your old mailbox? Especially if you have had it for a while, sprucing up the paint and design can make for a fun project. Since it's one of the first things people see when they approach your house, it will positively impact your curb appeal if it looks brand new and fancy!
 

Add More Plants

For that perfect pop of color, aim to plant a few new flowers around your home this spring! We'll be seeing many plants bloom, so a simple yet elegant flower can do so much for your house's curb appeal. Be sure to research what kinds will bloom the best where you live and whether or not they'll return next year.

Powerwash Grime

There's not much cleaning to be done during winter due to freezing temperatures, but now is your chance to give your home and its surrounding area a deep clean. Powerwash your siding, driveway, and sidewalk to give your house a pristine look. Your curb appeal will flourish this spring, thus increasing your home's value!

Property Tax Reduction on Long Island

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, February 25, 2021

Can Renovations and Home Additions Affect My Property Taxes?

 


When it comes to embarking on a new renovation project, future tax bills are usually not the first thing homeowners think about. However, remodels and renovations can significantly increase your home's value, which eventually may increase the amount at which it is assessed. To make a long story short, estimated value leads right to your property taxes. Here's what to consider before starting that new project:

Additions to Your Home

If you're adding a new room to your home or increasing a space you already have, it's more than likely that you'll see an increase in your next property tax bill. This is because once your house's square footage becomes more extensive, the assessed value will also increase. Even something as simple as adding an HVAC system throughout different rooms can cause square footage to change.
 

Big Renovation Projects

Say you want to expand your home and add an entirely new room or section to it, you can be sure to see the numbers go up in your property taxes! Not only that, but you will probably need to check with your town to ensure that every code meets their particular requirements. Extensions and home renovations are a tricky process, so be prepared to do additional research.

Upgrades and Improvements

Sometimes even the little things, such as adding a garden to your yard or building a shed, can cause your assessed value to surge. They might not seem like noticeable improvements, and keep in mind these won't always bump up your value. However, something that is sure to cause your property taxes to increase would be adding a pool or large deck. These are easier to spot, thus adding more value to your property.
 

Property Tax Reduction on Long Island

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