Friday, August 5, 2016

Tips for Cutting Monthly Homeowner Expenses

Property Taxes | Homeowner Tips | P.T.R.C. Inc.
Even if you're feeing comfortable with your current budget, it never hurts to try and cut costs where you can -- after all, any extra money in your pocket at the end of the month is always a plus!

Specifically focusing on the costs that are associated with being a homeowner, there are a number of ways that you can save, and for the most part, they only require a few simple changes.

Here's what you can try:
  1. Research service packages. Do you have internet, phone and cable service through different providers? You may be able to lower your monthly bill by bundling your services together! Try researching a few different companies to see what packages and deals they are currently offering, as some may offer the same services at a lower price.
  2. Be energy efficient. Did you know that when you leave appliances and electronics plugged in even if they aren't turned on, you're still drawing power? It's called phantom energy loss! Consider using surge protectors in easy to reach places the help you cut power to several electronics at once.
  3. Always grocery shop with a list. When you go food shopping without a list of items you absolutely need it can be more tempting to throw just about anything into your cart. However, all of those items that look good at the time could add a significant amount to your bill! To prevent this, go through your fridge and cabinets before you leave and write down what you must buy - then stick to that list.
  4. Monitor your water use. Are you guilty of doing laundry or washing dishes when you don't have a full load of dirty clothes/dishes? If so, adjust your habits and make sure that you only turn these appliances on when it's time to. Similarly, make an effort to limit your time in the shower and turn off the water when doing things such as brushing your teeth.
And of course, another tip for cutting your homeowner expenses is to file a tax grievance!

If you are one of the many Long Islanders paying too much in property tax, we can help! When the application period is open for Nassau and Suffolk County (check our website for updates), you can submit an application to us and we'll take care of the grievance process on your behalf to try and find you some savings.

For more information about the tax grievance process, click here or give us a call at (516) or (631) 484-0654.

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