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:

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:

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:

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.