Friday, September 24, 2021

How to Bring Fall Into Your Home

 

Welcome fall! It’s the season of fallen leaves, pumpkins, and cozy sweaters. And with the weather changing outdoors, it’s time to bring the autumn vibes indoors. Homeowners across Long Island, we have some of the best tips and home d├ęcor suggestions to utilize this year!
 

Fall Scents

The best way to make your home match the fall season is to add some fall scents! From candles to aromatherapy, when you walk into your house and smell deep cinnamon, sweet pumpkin, cozy bonfire, or fallen leaves, you’ll never want to leave. Even cooking up some of the best comfort foods can bring a special aroma to your home that can’t be replicated.
 

Cute Decorations

Whether it’s little pumpkins sitting around the living room or multi-colored leaf wreaths on your doors, there are so many kinds of fall decorations to add to your home this year. Just make sure it all matches and that everything isn’t too cluttered!
 

Open The Window

Luckily, this is the comfortable in-between period where your AC is no longer needed, but it’s not quite time to turn on your heater. By opening your windows, you allow the gentle autumn breeze to enter your home— not to mention the sights and sounds this season brings with it.
 

Celebrate The Season

Sometimes, the key to bringing fall into your home is watching movies, listening to music, or reading all things fall-themed. Whether that’s certain Halloween movies for you or comforting tunes that you witness the leaves drop to, autumn is one of the best seasons to get creative as a homeowner!

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Monday, September 20, 2021

How to Stay Organized

 


Whether it’s for work or personal reasons, staying organized is the best way to lower stress and increase production for anyone. When your space gets messy, it can feel like it’s impossible to get essential items done off your to-do list. So, we have some helpful tips for staying organized and de-stressing.

Write Things Down

In this day and age, everything is electronic. More often than not, when you need to dot something down, your go-to will either be your phone or your computer. But, did you know that most people remember important details when they write them out by hand? Write down important notes, dates, and events so that you can find the information easily.

Only Keep What You Need

One of the best ways to stay organized is to declutter and get rid of items you’ve held onto for way too long. It helps no one to hoard items that are no longer needed or serving a purpose! Your future self will thank you later.

Avoid Procrastination

The longer you put something off, the more and more the weight of the responsibility will cause you issues and stress. Getting those important items off your to-do list as soon as possible will not only lower your stress levels but help with your organization— one less thing to worry about! Planning ahead is vital, and for times like tax season, it can be a lifesaver.

Keep Everything Where It Belongs

Having a home for every type of document or item is a great way to make sure nothing gets lost. As the days wind down to Tax Day, having your receipts, tax information, and other valuable paperwork separated and ready for the season will make your life so much easier.

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Friday, September 10, 2021

It's Never Too Early to Prepare for Tax Season!

 

Tax season may feel far away; however, often, homeowners will be completely caught off guard by its arrival. They think they have all the time in the world when all of a sudden— it’s like a wave of extra fees! So, we’re here to purpose that it’s never really too early to begin preparing for tax season, and here are some key points as to why this is true:
 

Organization is Key

The key to a smooth tax season is organization, and sometimes it takes a lot of preparation to ensure you’ve got all you need. In the time you have before the season hits, here are some essential items to check off your to-do list:
  • Create a filing system
  • Find the best tax filing programs that can help
  • Keep track of receipts
  • Mark important upcoming dates
  • Keep an eye out for any changes

Change is Inevitable

Many homeowners don’t realize that their property taxes are susceptible to changes every year. This is due to changes in your school district or local government budgets, revenue, total assessed value, and tax rates. So, the sooner you know of these changes, the better equipped you’ll be to enter tax season.
 

You Can Start Applying Now!

You can start applying for your property tax grievance now through us! We are accepting applications and encourage Long Island homeowners to give it a try since we only charge for successful cases. With no risk to you, you could be getting your property taxes lowered and lifting a weight off your shoulders during tax season.

It’s never too early to get started!
 

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Tuesday, August 31, 2021

End of Summer Checklist for Homeowners

 

It's hard to believe summer will be ending soon, but there's still some time before the long days are gone! So, during this time, it's vital to get some end-of-summer to-dos off your checklist to ensure you're fully prepared for what fall has to bring. And we here at P.T.R.C., Inc. have some of the best tips for Long Island homeowners like you!

Clean Your Gutters

Start cleaning out your gutters and downspouts now to avoid clogs when all the autumn leaves begin to come down! This is a chore that you'll have to keep up with for the duration of the fall season, but it can't hurt to get ahead of the curve and start tidying up now— it will only benefit you later.

Get Your Furnace Ready

Now's the time to schedule an annual furnace inspection so that you can be sure it'll be running at its best during those cold nights. These yearly inspections help ensure your system lasts longer and that you can save money by preventing any future issues with your system.

Take Care of Your Outdoor Furniture

Put away any summer outdoor furniture that may be still outside and store it in a dry place like a garage or shed, away from moisture and other elements. And before everything is stored away, be sure to give your chairs and tables a good power wash so that they'll be a bit cleaner when you take them out next year.

Begin Organizing

We all know the phrase "spring cleaning," but remember that organization is vital every month! From cleaning out your garage, attic, or basement in order to clear space for storage to organizing necessary paperwork to prepare for critical dates such as tax day, it can never hurt to keep a clean home.


And now that fall is almost here, it's time to start applying for your property tax grievance!

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Friday, August 27, 2021

Should You Eat Out or Order in on Long Island?

 

A lot has changed in the past year, especially when it comes to the local restaurant scene. Long Islanders have been going out more often to eat in recent months, but is it recommended to go out every night? Well, we’re here to break it down for you!
 

Summer Changes

As of June 1st, 2021, the midnight curfew was lifted for restaurants and bars across Long Island. Since then, the restaurant scene has been booming. Many have taken advantage of this change, using it as an opportunity to get out of the house finally. But, with things still up in the air about future health and safety protocols, many local Long Islanders are wondering: Should we stay in or eat out?

Benefits of Eating in a Restaurant

There’s nothing like the ambiance you get when you eat inside a restaurant. A big part of the dinner becomes the aesthetics, services, and entertainment. After more than a year of being stuck inside, many find this aspect of eating out refreshing. Plus, you can catch up with friends or family at local restaurants.

Benefits of Ordering Take Out

There’s an unquestionable comfort in being able to order all your favorites at the restaurant of your choice and eat it in your own home. Not only that, but you don’t even have to get dressed out of your pajamas to do so! When it comes to convenience and time, ordering out is often the best choice.

Either way, both methods of getting food help support your local restaurants during these difficult times. So whether you’re looking to get out of the house or hoping to stay in, give some love to the eateries in your local area!

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Thursday, August 19, 2021

Money Saving Tips During the Summertime

 

Summer is the season of vacations, pool parties, and backyard barbecues. But it can also be a time for excess energy consumption in your home! It can be easy to forget about those staggering bills until they creep up on you at the last minute. So, it is essential to stay aware and follow these tips so that you can keep your bills low during this hot season.

Turn Off Appliances Not in Use

When an appliance is left on for long periods, it uses up a lot of power even when it's not being used. Be sure to double-check your devices, especially before you leave your home, to ensure they aren't wasting any extra energy. And while you might not want to turn off your AC completely, it's a good idea to keep the temperature running in an energy-efficient setting.
 

Turn Off Lights and Fans

As a general rule to save on energy bills throughout the season, be sure to turn off lights and fans when you leave the room for more than five minutes. Remind the whole family about this rule to make summertime a lot easier! This especially applies to your fans, as it spends energy for as long as it's spinning for.
 

Invest in Energy-Efficient Appliances

Try to invest in energy-efficient appliances such as refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines, and clothes dryers to help you cut down on utility bills! Not only will this be beneficial in summer, but also throughout the rest of the year.
 

Replace Air Filters Regularly

When your home's air filter is clogged, it takes more energy to cool the house because the air conditioner has to work harder. You can save as much as 10% on your cooling bill by replacing your filters every month or so!

And remember, as summer starts to wind down, soon comes the opportunity to start applying to get your property taxes lowered!
 

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Thursday, August 12, 2021

Planning Ahead: Five Off-Season Tax Tips

 

This season, you're likely looking forward to spending time with friends and family, but don't forget about tax season! You might be thinking that this year will be just like any other when it comes to taxes, but there are some things you can do now to make the process easier come April.

Tax time can feel like an annual burden, but you can make it as painless as possible with the proper steps and tips.

1. Start Organizing

Make sure all of your necessary documents are organized and accessible so they will be easy to find when it comes time to file. Now is the perfect time to take out all of your paperwork and organize it by type, such as:
  • Banking statements
  • Utility bills
  • Credit card statements
  • Etc.

2. Start Saving Now

Consider keeping some money in savings to cover potential emergency expenses and unexpected costs during the next few months or even years. It can never hurt to save up a little bit extra, and it might help ease a lot of stress off of your life the closer tax season gets.
 

3. Check Your Credit Card Reports Now

We encourage you to check your credit reports annually! If there are any errors, correct them immediately so that they don't end up affecting your taxes. And, obviously, the best time to do so is before tax season approaches— so now is a perfect time!
 

4. Track Your Spending Habits

You might not think this is necessary because it's summertime and everyone is enjoying themselves, but to be prepared for next year's taxes, we recommend that you track what you spend throughout the summer months! This is so that when fall rolls around, and it's time to file your taxes, you have all of your bearings in order— something you'll thank yourself for in the future.
 

5. Know When To Reach Out For Help

An important thing to remember both during tax season and during the off-season is that you are never alone. Whether you need financial guidance or a way to lower your taxes, there are professionals that can help. And luckily for you, we're experts in helping homeowners, like you, lower their property taxes!
 

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Tuesday, July 27, 2021

5 Simple Ways Your Can Get Involved With Your Community

 


Long Island is full of many caring, close-knit communities that often get together for events, causes, and more. Every town, both in Nassau and Suffolk county, comes together often— especially in the summertime! So, if you’re looking to try and get more involved with your surrounding community, here are some simple ways to do so!

1. Look For Local Events

Keep an eye out for any announcements in your local newspapers or websites to see any local events happening this season! Whether it’s a farmer’s market, art and music event, or block party, be sure to go!

2. Volunteer in Your Free Time

There are many ways you can volunteer your free time! Check to see if your local animal shelter or retirement center is accepting extra help. You can even end up volunteering to help set up local town events if your community center is looking for aid.

3. Stick to Local Stores

When getting ready for a shopping trip, consider visiting and purchasing items from your local stores and restaurants! It helps keep your town running smoothly and allows small businesses to thrive— not to mention it can be so rewarding getting to know your local store owners and businessmen and women!

4. Join a Group or Class

Sometimes the best way to get to know your community is by getting to know like-minded individuals who live near you! From favorite hobbies to similar likes and interests, you could meet some lifelong friends quickly. Join a local workout group or frequent different classes if you’re trying to learn a new hobby.

5. Consider Donating

A big part of what makes a community a community is through togetherness. So, by coming together to help those in need, it’s one of the best ways to get involved. When transitioning to a new season, consider donating clothes you haven’t worn or don’t plan on wearing. See what food items or necessities are needed and contribute that way. There’s always something you can give!

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Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Day Trips On Long Island

 


Sometimes summer days can all blend into one, and it can be hard to do all the fun activities you want to. So, on those days when maybe you only have less than 24 hours to spare, there are plenty of spots on Long Island that you will have time to visit and enjoy to the fullest! Here are some of our top favorites that you need to try this year so you can start planning now:

Montauk

You can never go wrong with a trip to Montauk. This long drive ends in some of the best restaurants and views there is to offer! Climb up to the top of the famous and historical Montauk Lighthouse or visit some of the nicest beaches here on the island. There's so much the very end of Long Island has to offer.
 

Beach Days

We implore you to mark a specific day on your calendar for a good old beach day! It's summertime, so laying on the smooth sand and swimming in the cool waves is a must. Some great beaches on Long Island that you can make a day trip to include:
  • Jones Beach State Park
  • Robert Moses State Park
  • Orient Beach State Park
  • Ocean Beach Park

Fire Island

This fun and exciting barrier island sits in the very south part of the island. Fire Island offers so much, such as white sand beaches, bike paths, bars and restaurants, local shops, and boating trips. Not only that, but if you enjoy your time here, there are many housing rental opportunities for those who want to make a vacation out of it!

Museums

Long Island has such a rich history that it's no wonder that there are so many museums around. This can be a great day trip for the whole family, and here are a few of our favorites:
  • Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium
  • Sagamore Hill National Historic Site
  • Long Island Children's Museum
  • The Long Island Museum
  • Cradle of Aviation Museum
  • The Heckscher Museum of Art
And so many more!
 

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Friday, July 16, 2021

Long Island Activities Outdoorsy People Will Love

 


If you’re someone who loves to spend time outdoors, Long Island has many unique spots for you to visit this summer! Break out your hiking sneakers and sunblock because we have some of the must-visit sites for you this season. Ready for some fun in the sun?

Sunken Meadow State Park

Located in the Town of Smithtown in Suffolk County, this scenic spot offers closeness to the water and biking accessibility. Whether you are looking for a perfect place to jog or hoping to get together with friends and family for a picnic or BBQ, it’s a great place to spend time outdoors this summer!
 

Avalon Hiking Trails

You can find this beautiful walking trail within the heart of Stony Brook! People from all across Long Island come out of their way to explore this trail. From great hiking spots to an immersive walk through art mixed with nature. Plus, you can find the famous mirror sphere deep in the flower fields!

Blydenburgh Park

Whether you’re looking for the perfect walking or hiking spot or are searching for some excellent bird-watching areas, Blydenburgh Park is a great choice for you! It has a six-mile loop around the lake, with trails being well marked and easy to follow.

Lavender By The Bay

This beautiful spot is a family-owned and operated business of lavender and bee care! Take a trip to see the flowers in full bloom—the color purple encompasses the entire area, and the sweet and calming scent of lavender fills the air. It’s the perfect place for pictures, walking, and buying all your favorite lavender-themed items.

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Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Does a Sunroom Addition Raise My Property Taxes?

 


A sunroom addition can be a fantastic way to bring in more light and provide you with an extra room for relaxing, especially in the summertime. However, it is essential that you know the implications of adding this type of structure before you make your decision. A sunroom addition will increase the square footage of your home and most likely also raise your property taxes.
 

Here are some more reasons there might be an increase in your property taxes


Most Additions Add Costs

When adding an addition, your property taxes may increase because it is considered a significant improvement. The higher value will then be assessed for property taxes. Adding additional square footage to your home will increase your property taxes, and any improvements made with that added space may also be subject to property taxes.

Zoning Regulations

Each county and town on Long Island has its own specific zoning regulations that homeowners need to follow. You will have to get a permit from your local building department and meet zoning regulations before you can build the sunroom on your home. Once done, you’ll have a good idea of how much higher your property taxes might go up afterward.
 

Home Looks Newer

In the world of home renovations and installations, homes with additions are considered newer than those without. Homes with additions are assessed as being worth more than their original value (due to the increased size), so they have higher taxes accordingly.
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Tuesday, June 29, 2021

5 Things You Should Know Before Moving Into a New Home This Season

 


Moving into a new home can be exciting, but it also comes with its fair share of stressors. There's packing up your old place, preparing for an uncertain future, and getting used to your new neighborhood. But all good things need to start somewhere, so here are some tips to help you move with ease this summer.
 

1. Safety First

It's essential to make sure everything is working correctly and safely throughout your new home. Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in every room of your home, especially near bedrooms and kitchens, if there aren't any already. Also, check all outlets and ensure no exposed wiring or damaged cords with frayed edges could pose a fire hazard.

2. Do Your Research

Your new neighborhood is a part of your new home, so make sure you do all the proper research about where you will be living beforehand. Research utility costs in the area, take time to drive around, and ask questions about what kind of community is where you're headed.

3. Consider Your Commute

Some people move because of work, but often we like to move to experience a new change. Before choosing your new home, consider how your commute will change in this new location. This will make all the difference in your daily routine!

4. Set Up Emergency Kit

Every home should have this, but when you're in the middle of moving, and an emergency happens, you might pack away everything you need in boxes. Set up an emergency kit with necessities like a flashlight, extra batteries, bottled water, first-aid supplies, nonperishable food items, and prescription medications for yourself or family members to prepare for any storm or emergency in-between homes.

5. Understand Your Expenses

When it comes to moving, a lot can change that you were once used to. From utility costs to property taxes, everything is fresh and new. It's crucial that you sit down and understand your new fees, the tax rates in the area, and what you can do to lower your bills.

One important thing to remember is that here at P.T.R.C., Inc., we are always ready to help you get those property taxes lowered! If you're a new homeowner concerned about tax season this year, we can help ease your stress.

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, June 18, 2021

Father’s Day Gift Ideas For Long Island Dads

 


Father’s Day is this weekend, and if you are running a bit behind on getting the right gifts for dad, we have some great ideas for you. These are perfect for any Long Island dad and are easy enough to make, plan, or get by Sunday! So if you’re a bit behind on getting the perfect present, we’ve got you covered.

DIY Gifts

From specially made cards to decorative photo frames for your best picture together, dad is sure to love a gift made from scratch. DIY gifts are a great idea, and they always come from the heart, so you can never really go wrong with this creative idea. It’s a perfect way to get all the kids together to help show their appreciation for pops. Here’s some inspiration for you!
 

A Fun Trip

Long Island has so many unique places that are perfect for celebrating Father’s Day! We consider surprising dad with one of these trips a gift in itself. Whether you’re planning on visiting a beautiful town out east, hitting up one of LI’s many beaches, or spending the day having fun at a museum or park, he’ll treasure the memories forever.
 

Long Island Memorabilia

If your dad is proud of where he lives, then get him some Long Island memorabilia this holiday. You have so many options to choose from, like mugs, aprons, hats, and more! The best part is that many local stores will have these items, so it will be quick and easy to get your hands on these presents.
 

A Day By The Water

The beauty of Long Island is how many beaches and water activities there are to offer. Does dad love fishing? Or maybe he’s more of a relax on the sand guy? Either way, there are so many fun water activities to enjoy this weekend. Just make sure you plan for anything that needs to be booked in advance!

Property Tax Reduction on Long Island

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Thursday, June 10, 2021

Summer Home Curb Appeal Tips

 


The weather is heating up, and it's time to get your home ready for the warmer months ahead. It's time to think about your home's curb appeal and how it might need some help this summer. Whether you're trying to make your house more appealing to potential buyers or spruce things up for a family gathering, there are some simple steps you can take this season to get started.
 

Clean Out Your Yard

Start by taking some time to clean out the yard. Pull weeds, trim overgrown plants, and remove any trash or debris that has accumulated in hidden corners. Spring can be messy, so it may take some work to get your yard looking pristine. But in the end, it will be plenty worth it!
 

Simple Scrubbing

Make sure you don't forget the porch or deck! Scrub it down with soap and water to eliminate any dirt or mildew buildup before sealing it with an exterior sealant for protection against mold throughout the season. This will also help throughout the year, and you'll have to touch it up every once in a while.
 

Add Some Natural Decoration

Excellent curb appeal can be as simple as giving your lawn a good mowing or planting some flowers in the garden bed. Pick some of the prettiest flowers you can find and place them in areas around your yard that nicely compliment your home. Or, consider planting a small tree in front of your house. The perfect spot is an area that gets plenty of sun and has room for roots to grow! It's best if there's a place to plant down low, too, so water doesn't runoff.

Property Tax Reduction on Long Island

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Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Summer Fun on Long Island for 2021

 


Summer is on its way! Are you ready for some fun in the sun? Spots all over Long Island are open and welcoming people this season. We understand that last summer was different and more stressful, but this summer is looking to be one of the best ones yet! Here are some places on the island you and your family can enjoy this summer.
 

Beaches

Famous beaches across the island are all finally opening back up fully to visitors! The water is warming up, and the temperatures are rising, so here are a few of the most popular spots for you to travel to:
  • Jones Beach State Park
  • Robert Moses State Park
  • Montauk
  • Fire Island
  • Orient State Park
Enjoy many watersport activities such as kayaking, paddle-surfing, fishing, boating, surfing, and more! And of course, there are many other beaches that Long Island has to offer; find the perfect, closest one for you!

Family-Friendly Activities

Many famous activity spots on Long Island are opening up for families this summer! From museums to interactive parks, your family will make many great memories. You can visit places like:

  • The Long Island Aquarium: See their complete Covid-19 guideline and expectations here.
  • Vanderbilt Museum & Planetarium: Their museum opened up a bit ago for guests, but as of June 4th, the planetarium is officially open for guests as well! Visit their website to learn more about their hours and requirements.
  • White Post Farms: From animal farms to train rides, White Post Farms offers so much fun for the family! Check their website for special events coming up soon.
  • Adventureland: Who doesn’t love a day at the amusement park! Keep up-to-date with their schedule, as park openings can change often.
  • Splish Splash: They are opening up finally this summer and have many health and safety precautions. Be sure to get your ticket in advance as well!

These spots, plus many restaurants and more, are all embracing the positive changes coming with this season. We hope your summer is safe and enjoyable this year!

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, May 21, 2021

What To Do If You Missed Our Grievance Deadlines

 



The grievance deadlines for Nassau and Suffolk county have come and gone, but don't think you have entirely missed out on your opportunity to lower your property taxes. Just because you missed this year doesn't mean you don't get to try again! You will have to wait until the next filing period. Here is everything you need to know about preparing for the following grievance deadlines and what can be done before that.

A Few Steps You Can Take To Lower Your Property Taxes

There are some simple things that you can do throughout the year leading up to tax day, which will help lower your property taxes. It doesn't have to be complex or complicated, so here are some tips to help you save money until our next grievance period:
  • If you have more than one residence in different counties, consider filing with only one county. You can use the other as a vacation home or rent it out.
  • Cut down trees or vines growing on your property that might be considered a nuisance by an appraiser if they affect the house's marketability or curb appeal.
  • Schedule regular inspections of your home to catch any problems before they escalate into costly repairs or increased taxes.
  • Claim all your exemptions and deductions, such as property tax deductions or real estate tax exemptions.
  • Maintain your roof well-- If you have a good roof, it can save up to $600 on your annual property taxes.
  • Set aside money each month.
  • Donate items you no longer need to help declutter your property.
  • Contact us to file for the next grievance period!

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End of Spring Curb Appeal Tips

 


The days are getting longer, the air is getting warmer, and it's almost time for summer. Even if it's late spring, that doesn't mean we can stop caring about our homes' curb appeal! If you need a quick fix to make your home more appealing this spring before summer hits, here are a few curb appeal tips that will give your house an instant boost.
 

Maintain Your Lawn

Cut your lawn and remove any weeds from your yard- that's a good start to making your home look better. The more often you cut your property, the healthier it will be. Keep that fresh, green look for your yard into summer.
 

Plant Some Flowers

Plant some flowers or shrubs near the entrance of your house to bring a brighter and more colorful look to your home. If you're unsure what type would work best in your climate, talk to someone at a garden center for recommendations and tips. Be sure you invest in flowers or shrubs that are meant to last through summer as well!

Clean Up Outside

The springtime is known to cause a lot of leaves and debris to fall all over. Your deck, roof, and gutters become cluttered with these items, and it can start to look pretty messy. An excellent place to start is by cleaning out your gutters. Not only will this make your home look better, but it will also ensure rainwater has somewhere to flow to help avoid water damage to your home. Also, take a leaf blower or another backyard tool and blow away all those tiny green leaves on your deck, patio, front porch, and driveway. Your home will look much neater!

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, May 13, 2021

Tax Season Dos and Don’ts

 



The dreaded Tax Day is quickly approaching, and with it comes a lot of pressure. You need to do many things to ensure that your taxes are filed correctly, and while it may seem like there's no time left, there's still plenty of time if you start now. With these Tax Day Dos and Don'ts, you'll be prepared for all that comes with filing your taxes.

Dos:

  • Be organized by saving receipts and organizing paperwork before the deadline.
  • Use electronic filing if possible as it will save time and money with less paperwork needed to be filed.
  • Double-check your tax withholdings by comparing them with last year's income and other documents related to earnings from this year.
  • File as early as possible-- filing before Tax Day will give you more time to work out any kinks in your taxes.
  • Know which forms to fill out, such as W2 or 1099.
  • Ask a professional if you're unsure about anything when it comes to your taxes.
  • Take advantage of any tax breaks or deductions that you may be eligible for.
  • Be aware of what deductions you can take on your taxes before filing.

Don'ts:

  • Don't forget to sign your return.
  • Avoid procrastination! This could lead to forgetting essential documents or incurring penalties from a late filing.
  • Try not to forget deductions-- many taxpayers overlook this section of their return, but it can save a lot of money!
  • Don't wait until Tax Day to file your taxes. It would help if you started as soon as possible.
  • Try not to forget to make sure you have all your financial documents in order - make copies or digital files if necessary, so they are readily available on the day.
  • Don't be unprepared for your interview with a tax professional. They are here to help you, so make sure you're all ready for them!

Contact Us For Property Tax Reduction in Suffolk County, 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, May 6, 2021

New Ways To Surprise Mom For Mother’s Day

 



Mother's Day is around the corner, and whether or not you have your gift yet, some simple surprises for your wonderful mom can go a long way. We all know how much our moms do for us and how they're always there when we need them most! Surprise her this year with one of these thoughtful presents:

Breakfast in Bed

Nothing says good morning like breakfast in bed! Show mom some special appreciation first thing in the morning on Mother's Day-- you'll surely surprise her! Whip up some of her favorites and add a bouquet of flowers or two for a little extra love.
 

Flower Delivery

Have a super-secret flower delivery get sent to her when she least expects it. No matter if she's at work or home, she'll love to receive some of her favorite flora this Sunday. It doesn't have to be anything extravagant- simply pick out something that speaks to her style or favorite color. Just be sure you keep it a secret so she can be extra surprised!
 

D.I.Y. Gifts

From handmade cards to handcrafted picture frames, painted and designed by you, you're sure to surprise mom with some D.I.Y. gifts. A lot of heart goes into presents you make by hand, so show your mother just how much love you have for her this weekend.
 

Gardening Fun

For moms who love their gardens: give them a garden of their own! Even if she doesn't currently have one, offer to help plant it. She'll love it when she sees how much better fresh veggies taste from the soil that is hand-grown rather than grocery store-bought. It could be a great little project to take on this upcoming weekend.

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, April 23, 2021

Places on Long Island Open for Spring 2021

 


Things are getting better and better with each passing month, and now with the weather heating up, there will be plenty of opportunities to get out on Long Island this spring. Many spots will have certain limitations, of course, but it’s always best to stay as safe as possible anyway. Here are some fun places to visit and enjoy this spring season on Long Island:

Wineries

The wineries have been open for quite some time now, but with limited seating. However, now that the weather is nicer, they will be able to accommodate more people! With this increased capacity, you’ll be able to enjoy a lovely spring day sipping wine outside. There are so many different locally made wines to try!

Museums and Aquariums

Starting April 26th, 2021, museums, aquariums, botanical gardens, and more will increase attendance from 25% to 50% capacity! There are so many historical museums to visit with the whole family across Long Island and, of course, we can’t forget about the family favorite Long Island Aquarium!
 

Movie Theaters

Also, starting April 26th, 2021, movie theaters will be allowing 33% capacity at all locations. This might seem like a small step up from its previous 25% capacity, but it still leaves plenty of room to see movies more often this spring! There are sure to be some cinema hits released soon.
 

Event Venues

We’ll see event venues and arenas move from a 20% capacity level to 25% after May 19th! This applies mainly to big stadiums in New York; however, there are many event venues on Long Island that this will be affecting as well. Summer concerts might not be too far out of reach!
 

Restaurants

Similar to wineries, restaurants have been open for a while now. However, with the weather getting nicer, it gives them room to allow for more customers! Outdoor seating has become very popular due to all the recent changes, but it will be a lot more convenient during spring and summer to allow outdoor eating.


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

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

4 Common Questions About Property Taxes

 


It's a known fact that homeowners have many questions about property taxes. You may be wondering how much you owe, what your tax rate is, or if there are any deductions you can take on your property taxes, among many other questions. We're here to answer the four most common questions homeowners, like you, have every day.

1. What should I do if my assessment seems incorrect?

As a property owner, know that you have a right to appeal your assessment if it seems incorrect. The assessor will typically explain why they feel the estimate is correct. Still, property owners should ask questions and request clarification if something about the assessment doesn't seem clear or accurate.

2. How does my property tax bill get calculated?

To calculate your property tax bill, the following factors are taken into account:
  • The total assessed value of your property
  • Local taxing jurisdictions (school district, municipal government)
  • Special assessments and/or taxes for which you're responsible
Other considerations affect how much money you pay in property taxes. These include:
  • Exemptions and deductions that apply to your home or business
  • Whether or not you have a homestead exemption
  • What type of building is on the property
And more!

3. Where can I find information on what other homes in my area have saved in property taxes?

Ever wonder what your neighbors are paying in property taxes? Property tax rates vary by state, county, and city. Here at Property Tax Reduction Consultants, we also offer a way for you to see just how much your neighbors have saved on property taxes this year and what this means for your home.
 

4. Why am I getting a higher property tax this year than last year?

The reasons for this can vary, but some of the most common causes include increases in assessed value, changes in exemptions, or other factors that impact the total tax bill, such as new construction. If you notice an increase in your property taxes this year compared to last year, be sure to contact your municipality so they can provide some explanation as to why it may have changed.


And if you feel you have a case for getting your property taxes lowered, that's where we come in.
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, 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

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

How To Get Organized Before Tax Season

 


April will be here before you know it, and along with it, tax season. It might seem like a dreadful and stress-filled period, but if you prepare yourself well beforehand, you can handle it better than you may realize. The key to a smooth tax season is organization, so make sure you keep these tips in mind as we slowly approach April.

Create a Filing System

It’s vital to keep everything organized in your filing system. Whether that is using folders, post-it notes, or online documents, you want to make it easy to go back and find whatever you need. You should back up any vital information and paperwork stored on your computer so that technical issues don’t come in the way in any case of an audit.

Utilize Tax Filing Programs

There are so many useful programs these days made to help you through tax season. From online options to getting help from a personal accountant, take advantage of the choices around you. It’s a stressful season, so a little help goes a long way!

Keep Track of Receipts

You can keep the guesswork out of filing your taxes if you keep on top of your receipts, especially on more significant purchases. Write down the reason for each expense and keep your receipts organized along with your filing system. It comes in handy when you’re scrambling to finish filing everything.
 

Mark Important Tax Dates

Sure, we all know April 15th is tax day, but you should mark important dates for local taxes as well. This includes making sure you receive your W-2, 1098, and 1099 forms on time. Keep everything marked on a calendar, so you’re not pushing last-minute deadlines and making things more stressful for yourself.


Speaking of deadlines, the Nassau County grievance filing deadline through us is April 30th, 2021. It will be here soon, so make sure you fill out a form on our website so we can help you pay the lowest amount legally possible on your property taxes this year!


Our clients benefit directly from the close working relationships we have established with the assessing units throughout the years! Contact us today to get started and see the difference we can make for your property taxes.


Friday, February 12, 2021

Valentine’s Day Gifts From The Heart

 



Scrambling to think of a last-minute gift for Valentine's Day is stressful, especially if you're unsure what to get your partner. But, not every gift on this holiday needs to be big and fancy. Most times, as long as the gift was made with love, your significant other will appreciate it no matter what. Here are some unique ideas for this holiday and the perfect presents you can go with:

 

Cook Up Something Special

Nothing gets to somebody's heart the way cooking does! When you cook or bake for your partner, it serves as an extra special gift that buying something online can't-- it's made entirely by you. So consider making a meal or dessert you both love and have a perfect Valentine's dinner together.


D.I.Y. Gifts

In the mood to get arts and craftsy? Spend a little extra time creating something handmade and from the heart for your partner this year. Consider mason jar bouquets decorated with origami or paper-mache flowers. Or even a custom candy box filled with their favorite chocolates and more. From engraved candles to handmade coffee sleeves, let your creativity run wild and head over to your local craft store to get started!

Custom Designs

For something exceptional just for your significant other, you can get some custom-designed items just for them. Jewelry with their name or birthstone printed on them, cups and mugs with photos of the two of you, or even blankets and pillows with special memories placed on them! There are many places where you can create a gift just for the one you love, helping to make this an extra special Valentine's Day.


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, February 5, 2021

Ways To Make Super Bowl Sunday Fun At Home

 


The big game is coming up, and it's an event that many look forward to for months. Unfortunately, this year's game night won't be like the last. However, nothing is stopping you from making the best of everything and safely having a blast this Sunday! There are so many fun ways to cheer on your favorite team, and here are some of our favorites. 

Host A Virtual Party

Staying together while apart is essential, so host a huge virtual game night for friends and family to watch the game together. You'll still be able to see everyone's reactions to different plays and scream your heart out when your favorite team gets that touchdown. Reach out to some friends and family members to see if they would like to join! 

Cook Up Your Favorites

You may have had to add some food items to your party lists in years past to please your guests. Well, guess what, this year you can get snacks and drinks that YOU like! Of course, you can't forget everyone else in your household, but either way, there will be plenty to go around, and it can all be food items you love. You can't go wrong with some game-day favorites such as pigs in a blanket, potato skins, and wings!

Go All Out

If you felt hesitant or embarrassed to go all out with the team's gear and jerseys in years passed, now is the time to celebrate like never before! Paint the team's colors on your face, wear the silliest outfit with your jersey that you can find, and let the good times roll. If you get really into the game, then there's nothing stopping you from really getting into it! 

Take It Easy

If you have never been much of a party person, but you enjoy sitting down and watching the game, you can make this year the year to finally take it easy. Sit back and relax with your family at home, feet up, and snacks at hand. The game will be just as enjoyable as it was in the past, only this time around, you can watch in some pajamas.


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, January 29, 2021

Will Long Island Get Much Snow This Winter?

 


Long Island is no stranger to heavy snowfall, but in recent years it’s slowed down a lot. The big storms come and go, with our last blizzard being many years back. But it still helps that Long Islanders know whether or not they need to keep an eye out for storms coming along, so we have the forecast for you!

Predictions For The Rest Of This Year

Earlier before this new year started, it was predicted that December 2020 and January 2021 would be some of the coldest months in the Northeast seen in a long time. And we can see the temperatures have been dropping a lot recently, with winds increasing steadily. Considering we are about to enter February and a big storm is being forewarned shows that perhaps this winter won’t end as quickly as we think. 

February Winter Storm

Winter storm Orlena has been making its way to the east coast, planning to bring six or more feet of snow in some areas. It’s predicted that it will be hitting Long Island by Sunday into Monday, with the exact track of flow undefined at this time. It’s recommended you keep an eye on weather forecasts as we move into the weekend as more news continues to be put out about how heavily we’ll get hit, but be sure to prepare for a lot of snow!

Early Spring or Longer Winter?

It’s quite ironic that we’re getting hit with a massive snowstorm around Groundhog Day, but no matter what the little guy predicts, you should always have your home prepared for any season. Please do not get caught being unprepared for heavy snowfall for the rest of this winter since we still have another month or so of chilly temperatures. Stay alert and take care of yourself and your family the rest of this winter!


And don’t let the bad weather get you down when there’s still plenty of time to get some good news. Like lowered property taxes just in time for tax season!


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, January 25, 2021

Quick Tips For Lowering Your Property Taxes

 


Tax season is coming up faster than you might realize, and instead of being surprised when it does come, you can get ahead of the curve and begin lowering your costs now. When it comes to your property taxes, there are a few quick ways to get those to lower before April hits. Here are some of our favorite tips to ensure you are paying the lowest amount possible on your property taxes this year!

Avoid Building

Even if you have been itching for some home upgrades, try to hold off until after tax season. Any significant structural changes to your home will most likely increase your bills this year. This isn’t to scare you off from new homebuilding all together. It’s just recommended that you do a complete search into what a new addition will do to your property taxes before starting construction.

Search For Exemptions

Depending on your situation, you might be eligible for certain tax exemptions. A few categories that states and municipalities lower taxes for include: seniors, veterans, people with disabilities, and agricultural properties. Look into your taxing authority if you feel any of these apply to you.

Ask For Property Tax Card

Did you know that you can head on over to your town hall and request a copy of your property tax cards from your local assessor’s office? This card will provide you with information the town has gathered over the years about your property and allows you to take note of any discrepancies. You can raise these issues with your tax assessor and potentially correct any mistakes found.

Apply Through Us

It’s not too late to apply now and get your property taxes lowered this year! Since 1990, we have worked with both homeowners and taxing authorities with an unsurpassed ability to communicate, facilitate and achieve great success in the assessment challenge process. Built on a foundation of experience and integrity, P.T.R.C., Inc. is recognized as fair and honest. Our clients benefit directly from the close working relationships we have established with the assessing units throughout the years!


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, January 19, 2021

Easy Winter Renovation Projects

 


It may come as no surprise that homeowners often hesitate when it comes to winter renovation projects. With how unpredictable the weather can be and the freezing temperatures, many often choose to wait it out until spring. However, there are a significant number of project options that are easy to complete during this season. Don’t let winter hold you back, and consider some of these simple renovations for your home!

D.I.Y. Paint Job

If you want to update some rooms in your house, there’s nothing a fresh coat of paint can’t fix! Especially if you have been staying home a lot more recently, you might just be itching for a change in scenery. Consider some sage greens or calming blues, or go with something bolder if that’s what you’re looking for. Either way, new color schemes for your living room, bedroom, bathroom, or others are a great way to fight off those winter blues.

Complete Those Unfinished Areas

Some, not all, homeowners are guilty of starting a particular room or area of their house and never completing it. Some familiar places we see this is in garages or basements, with those spots being so easy to forget about. So now is the perfect time to get on with finishing these areas! The sooner you get the work done, the sooner you can enjoy it in later seasons. You’ll already be inside for most of the winter anyway, so it’s an excellent period to consider putting aside some spare time for these projects.

Upgrade To Energy Efficient Systems

Making the change to an energy-efficient home might sound scary, but it’s easy to get done. There are multiple energy-saving choices to consider switching to, such as LED light bulbs, updated HVAC systems, and personal lifestyle changes. You can switch over to an HVAC system that runs more smoothly and doesn’t require extra power. Not only that, but efforts to preserve water and electricity are great ways to save money this winter.


Do you know how else you can save money? By contacting us to get your property taxes lowered!


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, January 13, 2021

Top 2021 New Year's Resolutions

 


Goodbye 2020 and hello 2021! Last year was a challenging year, proving that even the most ambitious new year resolutions can be shaken up by so much change. Luckily, this year we're able to feel a little more hopeful, thus allowing us to follow through with our resolutions. As we transition into 2021, here are some of the top new year's resolutions we're going to see from people around the country.

Stay Active

With how much we've all been staying home, it's easy for people to feel sluggish or maybe a little lazy. So, for many, a resolution going into this year might be to try to stay active. Whether that means working out at home or just making it a point to go on a walk every once in a while, keeping yourself from getting stuck as a couch potato for the rest of the year can help you a lot in the long run.

Work Hard

When it comes to career ambitions, last year took a toll on those who wanted to put their mind to this task. However, it is entirely possible, and encouraged, for people to keep their ambitions high. Some are working from home, others are making the commute, and still, the amount of hard work is the same for those who want to further their careers, even during tough times. Find that perfect workspace at home or go out of your way to complete specific goals, and you will see a change in your work ethic in no time.

Be Kind To Yourself And Others

It's not easy dealing with what we're all going through, so one crucial resolution many should choose this year is to be kind to others and themselves. You must take care of your mind as well as your body. If you are stressed about something, we encourage you to find a healthy way of relaxing. If someone you know is going through a difficult time, be there for them every step of the way. Kindness can go a long way!

Save Money

Saving money is one of the top new year's resolutions for a reason, because homeowners alike all understand the feeling of shock when taxes increase or regulations change. Luckily for you, you can start saving money quickly this year through us! Here at P.T.R.C., Inc., we can help you lower your property taxes with no risk to you or your home. We work hard to make sure our customers pay the lowest amount possible in their property taxes, and we've been helping homeowners for years.


Our clients benefit directly from the close working relationships we have established with the assessing units throughout the years! Contact us today to get started and see the difference we can make for your property taxes.