Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Home Selling Myths

 

When it comes to selling your home, there are a lot of myths and misconceptions out there. In this blog post, we'll dispel some of the most common myths so that you can enter the home-selling process with your eyes wide open.

Myth #1: You Need to Spruce Up Your Home Before Putting It on the Market

Many homeowners think that they need to spend a lot of money on cosmetic upgrades before putting their homes on the market. But in reality, most buyers are more interested in the bones of the house — things like square footage, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, and location. As long as your home is clean and presentable, you shouldn't need to spend much money on upgrades.
 

Myth #2: The First Offer Is Always the Best Offer

Reality: Often, the first offer is a lowball offer from an inexperienced buyer who's just trying to get a deal. Don't automatically accept the first bid that comes in. Instead, counter with a fair price and see if the buyer will meet you in the middle. If not, move on to another potential consumer.

Myth #3: It Takes Forever to Sell a House

This isn't always true. It really depends on things like market conditions and pricing. In some markets, houses sell quickly — sometimes within days or even hours! If you price your home competitively and make it available during peak buying season, you could have it sold in no time flat.
 

Myth #4: Realtors Aren't Worth the Cost

Full-service real estate agents do charge a commission (usually 6%). Still, they also provide valuable services like marketing your home, negotiating with buyers, and handling all the paperwork involved in selling a house. Realtors have access to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), which gives your home maximum exposure to potential buyers. So while you may have to pay a commission upfront, working with a realtor could save you money in the long run — not to mention help prevent many headaches!
 

Property Tax Consultants on Long Island

If you want to reduce your property taxes, we’re here to help. Based in Plainview, New York, P.T.R.C., Inc. specializes in minimizing clients’ property tax assessments with personalized service. Our number one priority is customer satisfaction.

Monday, November 21, 2022

Tips for Celebrating the Holiday Season on a Budget

 

The holidays are a special time for family and friends to celebrate. However, this busy season can also be a very expensive period. If you want to celebrate the holidays without breaking the bank this year, our team here at P.T.R.C., Inc. has some tips that can help you save cash.

Create a Budget and Stick to It

One of the best ways to save money during the holidays is to create a budget and stick to it. Determine how much you can realistically spend on gifts, decorations, and food. Once you have completed your budget, stay within it. Consider getting creative with your gift-giving or making your own decorations if you find you’re getting too close to going over your set amount.

Take Advantage of Sales and Discounts

Another great way to save money during the busy season is to take advantage of sales and discounts. Many stores offer great deals on holiday items leading up to the big day. If you plan ahead and purchase items when they are on sale, you can save yourself a lot of money. Additionally, many stores offer coupons and discounts that can be used on holiday purchases. Be sure to check for these before heading out to buy!

Reuse and Repurpose Items from Previous Years

A third way to save money during the holidays is to reuse and repurpose items from previous years. For example, if you have Christmas lights from last year that still work, there is no need to go out and purchase new ones. You can also use last year’s holiday cards as gift tags or turn them into new cards by adding your personal touch. Get creative with what you already have and see how much money you can save in the process.


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Tuesday, November 15, 2022

The Ultimate Guide to Grieving Your Property Taxes for the First Time

 

Grieving your property taxes is a process by which you can challenge your tax assessment and potentially lower your annual property tax bill. It can seem daunting if you've never gone through the process before. But don't worry! This guide will walk you through everything you need to know to grieve your property taxes successfully.
 

What Is a Property Tax Grievance?

A property tax grievance is a formal challenge to your property tax assessment. The assessment is the value that the municipality has placed on your property for tax purposes. In most cases, your estimate will be based on the sale price of your home. However, if there have yet to be any recent sales of comparable homes in your area, the municipality may use other methods to assess your property's value.
 

Why Would I Want to Grieve My Property Taxes?

The primary reason to grieve your property taxes is to lower your annual property tax bill. If you succeed in reducing your assessment, your tax bill will be lowered accordingly. This can mean significant savings, especially if your estimate was significantly higher than the sale price of your home.
 

How Do I Grieve My Property Taxes?

While this is a process you can tackle yourself, a lot goes into it. It can be complicated, from filing the correct paperwork to presenting yourself at a hearing to make the case for why you believe your assessment should be lowered. That is where we come in.

When you trust P.T.R.C., Inc., we can take care of everything for you! Simply submit your application, and we'll be in touch regarding our process to help you pay the lowest legal amount possible for your property taxes.
 

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Thursday, November 10, 2022

Tax Preparation Checklist

 

Tax season is coming up, and if you're like most people, it's a time that can be overwhelming. We are always running out of time, not enough money to pay our taxes, or something else comes up, and we just don't know what to do. But there's no need to worry! It's never too early to start preparing for tax season, so here's a checklist of items you'll need to begin your prep.

Gather All Financial Documents

You will want to gather every piece of information related to your finances, including W-2 forms, bank statements, 1099s, and other investment income records. You'll also want to gather information such as income earned, education expenses, and medical expenses to complete your taxes accurately. This will make it easier once tax season rolls around because you'll have all the information needed to complete the process.
 

Create an Organized System

You want to avoid scrambling to find everything you need once tax time arrives. After gathering all the necessary information and documents, it's time to create an organized system. Whether you need to create a spreadsheet, file everything in alphabetical folders, or invest in a tax helper service, consider ways to make the season much easier for you.
 

Consult With a Financial Advisor

Another important task you should do is find out what new tax laws are going into effect this year and how they will affect your taxes. You can consult a financial advisor or accountant if you have any questions about what changes may occur and how they might impact your finances.

Look Into What Deductions Your Eligible For

Don't worry — there might be ways to get your taxes reduced this year! It's essential that you know what deductions or credits are available to help lower your taxable income. This also includes property tax reductions!
 

Property Tax Consultants on Long Island

If you want to reduce your property taxes, we’re here to help. Based in Plainview, New York, P.T.R.C., Inc. specializes in minimizing clients’ property tax assessments with personalized service. Our number one priority is customer satisfaction.

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Will Building a Garage Increase Your Property Taxes?

 

Garages can provide several benefits to homeowners, including convenient vehicle storage, additional living space, and added protection from weather elements such as rain, snow, sun, and wind. However, suppose you're considering building a garage on your property. In that case, it's important to understand how this structure might affect the overall value of your home and how that might affect your property taxes.

Here are some facts to consider regarding whether building a garage will increase your property taxes on Long Island.

Will a Garage Add Value to Your Home?

Not only can building a garage increase the curb appeal of your home, but it can also add value. The addition of a garage can make your property more livable by providing an out-of-the-sun, dry and secure place to store your car and other items. This is why having a garage can also help with resale value — resulting in increased taxes.

What Are Your Town's Regulations?

This question often arises when homeowners are looking to build a garage. Both Nassau County and Suffolk County have certain requirements to meet to begin the building process, let alone how much it will add to your property taxes.

There are other criteria to be aware of, and regulations differ from town to town, so make sure you talk to your town's building department before moving forward with any plans.

So, Will Building a Garage Increase Your Property Taxes?

According to the New York State Tax Department, any additions or improvements to your property will increase its assessed value. For example, if you are building a garage, the assessed value of your property will be updated to reflect the addition. So, unfortunately, the answer is yes.
 

How to Limit The Increase in Taxes as Much as Possible

There are little things to consider when building your garage that might affect how much is increased in your property taxes. Things like avoiding certain materials, keeping it from becoming a living space, the timing of the construction project, and other possible exemptions. Do your research if you'd like to avoid heavy tax burdens!

Not only that, but you also can turn to our team here at P.T.R.C., Inc. to help!
 

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Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Celebrating Halloween on Long Island

 

The spooky season is upon us! And with it comes pumpkin picking, haunted houses, and more — especially on Long Island. Our little island is the perfect spot for all things Halloween. Whether you're in Nassau or Suffolk County, we've got all the best places you need to visit this year before this spooktacular holiday passes.

Here's a full breakdown of where you should celebrate your Halloween this year on Long Island.
 

Family-Friendly Events

The little ones love celebrating Halloween but can't always handle the scary part of it. That is why Long Island has many family-friendly events to choose from this year. From pumpkin picking to costume contests to not-so-scary haunted houses, here are our top picks for families:

Spooky Fun

If you're a horror fan, then make your way to all the spooky happenings and parties that are happening throughout Nassau County and Suffolk County. After all, what's the Halloween season without a few scares along the way? Here are some of the most famous haunted houses to visit this year:

Haunted Spots

Whether you're a skeptic or a believer, it's hard to deny that Long Island has some very old and creepy historical buildings everywhere. From exploring Old Bethpage Village to driving past Kings Park Psychiatric Center, now is the time to get to know all our haunted lore on the island. Of course, do not trespass and do not cause any kind of disruption to historic sites — instead, consider looking into ghost tours.


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, October 14, 2022

2022/23 School Tax Bill Information

 

It's that time of the year again — the school tax bills for Nassau County are coming into effect. Use this guide to make sense of the numbers and figures on your Nassau County school tax bill and learn how it's calculated. And don't hesitate to contact our office if you have any additional questions or would like to discuss your reduction options with one of our professionals!
 

Understanding New York Property Taxes

Most taxpayers in New York State receive two tax bills each year: one from the county and one from the school district. The county taxes are figured by multiplying a tax rate by the assessed value of your home, which is determined by its market value. The school taxes are calculated as a percentage of that assessed value.

How Does Your Property Value Affect Your Taxes?

The school tax bill is estimated based on the value of your property and the assessed value of all properties in Nassau County. The more valuable your home, the higher your taxes will be, but if you have a high-value home, it doesn't necessarily mean that you will have to pay a lot more in taxes.
 

What Is The School Tax Bill?

The school tax bill is a type of property tax that goes to the school district in your county. It helps fund public schools, community colleges, libraries, and other county agencies. Your school tax bill depends on how much you owe and what type of home you live in — the higher your income and the more expensive your home, the more you will pay in taxes.

What Are The Possible Exemptions?

Although Nassau County's property taxes are some of the highest in the nation, there are many exemptions for residents to help reduce this burden. The following exemptions are available to Nassau County residents:
  • Senior Citizen Exemption: Senior citizens aged 65 or older whose annual income is less than $40,000 receive a tax exemption from the first $40,000 of their yearly income.
  • Veteran's Exemption: Any United States veterans living in Nassau County and having been honorably discharged from their service are eligible for a property tax exemption.
  • Volunteer Firefighters and Ambulance Workers Exemption: Both volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers can take advantage of this property exemption as long as they have volunteered for five years at least.
  • Limited Income and Disabilities Exemption: As long as they meet the criteria, residents in Nassau County who are on limited incomes or suffer from disabilities may be eligible for property tax exemption.

When Will This Take Effect?

Make sure you're keeping in mind the Nassau County tax schedule for this year! On October 1st, the county issued the first half of school tax bills. After this, the 2022/23 first half of school tax payments will be due by November 10th, 2022, to the receiver of taxes. Make sure you pay these on time, as you may be subject to penalties due to lateness!

By April 1st, 2022, the second half of the 2022/23 school tax bill will be issued and due by May 10th. Keep an eye out for local announcements from your county on any updates for these.

And if these tax burdens become too much for you, our team is here to help. P.T.R.C., Inc. has been a leader in property tax reduction for years, and we're ready to help lower your Nassau County tax bills!
 

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Thursday, October 6, 2022

Hurricane Season Home Safety Tips

 


Hurricane season is still here, and keeping your family and home safe during these intense storms should be your top priority. From securing your doors and windows to creating an emergency kit, here are some tips you can use to keep your Long Island home safe for the rest of October and November.
 

Preparing Before The Storm Hits

Preparing your home before a hurricane is the best way to stay safe during the storm. This includes ensuring you have enough food, water, and supplies for your family. It's also important to have your emergency kit stocked with essential supplies. And finally, ensure that you put together an evacuation plan in advance of any major storm and keep it handy in case you need it in a hurry.

Emergency Kit Checklist

One of the most vital parts of preparing for a hurricane or big storm is having an emergency kit together. This checklist will help you stay safe and organized for an emergency:
  • Non-perishable food items
  • First Aid Kit with emergency medication
  • Water (one gallon per person per day)
  • Battery-powered flashlight
  • Emergency radio
  • Charged cell phones
  • Candles and matches

How to Stay Safe During a Hurricane

During a storm, it's a good idea to move to an interior part of the house and away from windows. Even if your windows are boarded up, it's safer to stay away from anywhere that debris or wind could come flying indoors. On top of that, be ready for the power to go out! Keep your flashlights and candles on hand once the storm hits to avoid any injuries in the dark.
 

After the Storm — What to Do First

After a big storm, your most crucial task is getting in touch with family members and neighbors to ensure everyone is safe. Next, you'll want to assess any damage and begin the cleanup process. After, we have some more tips for getting your home back in order:
  • Be careful around downed power lines.
  • Keep an eye out for broken glass or nails on the ground.
  • If your house is flooded, check for water damage and mold and start cleaning immediately. Mold can grow in as little as 48 hours.
  • Make sure to turn off any water valves or main switches if you suspect they are broken. If you have time, it's best to wait for an expert plumber to assess your home before you start working on it.
  • Check if any shingles have been broken or ripped off your roof.

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, September 30, 2022

Best Spots to Visit in the Fall on Long Island

 

The amazing fall season has arrived, and Long Island is filled with opportunities to make the most of this beautiful time of year. Fall on Long Island has gorgeous landscapes, picturesque scenes, and tons of family fun, from food festivals to art fairs; there's something for everyone on our list.

Here's our top list for all the places you should visit this season so we can prove it's not only about summer on Long Island.
 

Sunken Meadow State Park

Sunken Meadow State Park is an excellent choice if you're looking for a spot with beautiful fall foliage. In fact, this park has been named one of the top 10 hikes for fall foliage! The paths are well-maintained, and there are plenty of scenic views that come with a moderate level of difficulty.

Cedar Island Lighthouse

Nothing feels more like fall than some old, historic sites surrounded by beautiful autumn scenery! The Cedar Island Lighthouse, built in 1868, is located in Sag Harbor of Suffolk County. Here, you can get lantern-guided tours of the grounds and the building — taking in the 140-year history and the slightly spooky vibes. 
 

Three Sisters Falls

The three sister falls, located at the Huntington Nature Center, is one of Long Islanders' favorite spots for hiking and taking pictures during autumn. The falls are a great place for all levels of hikers because there are both steep and less steep paths. As you hike down, you'll pass cascades of waterfalls and small natural pools. 

It's the perfect place for a picnic and to spend a few hours trying to capture the most beautiful photos of the leaves turning colors and falling to the ground.

Fall Festivities

Let's not forget all the fun autumn festivals going on across the island! From food festivals to themed fairs, keep a few of these events marked on your calendar. It's the perfect way to connect with your community and enjoy the new season to the fullest.

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Monday, September 19, 2022

5 Ways Leaves Can Affect Your Home

 

When they’re on the tree, leaves are often thought of as little more than decorations and sources of shade, but once they land on your property in autumn, they’re more likely to be considered an inconvenience that needs to be cleaned up as quickly as possible.

What many homeowners don’t realize, however, is that leaves can cause damage to their homes – and here are five ways it can happen.

1. Clogged Gutters

It's that time of year again; leaves are everywhere, and finding a way to keep your gutters free and clear can be difficult. You may start to see damage to your home because water will back up in the drain and eventually begin seeping into the walls and structure of the building. It is important to stay on top of this problem before it becomes too big to handle!

2. Roof Damage

When leaves land on your roof, their weight will wear down the shingles, compromise gutters, and lead to leakage that can ruin your ceilings or even seep through into your living space. When you see too many leaves on your roof, it may be time for quick cleaning.
 

3. Slippery Walkways

Leaves may seem harmless enough, but they can become slippery after sitting on your sidewalk or driveway for a while. The extra traction created by wet leaves can cause someone to slip, resulting in injury or damage. Although it sounds like something you'd have to deal with during the wintertime when there is ice on the ground instead of leaves, it's still an issue you must watch out for.

4. Trailing Inside

It isn't just outside your house that leaves are a problem! Inside your home, they can pose dangers by collecting under rugs and carpets and decaying, creating toxic fumes. They also attract spiders and other bugs, which may be problematic if you have small children or pets in your home.

5. Lawn Damage

Leaves falling onto a lawn can prevent grass from being able to photosynthesize, and if they do not get removed soon enough, they will rot, releasing an odor as well as possibly attracting bugs. They also shade the grass, which reduces the amount of sunlight that can reach the ground; this, in turn, stunts new growth and causes brown patches to form. The best way to remove them is by using a rake or broom and then disposing of them in a compost pile.

Property Tax Consultants on Long Island

If you want to reduce your property taxes, we’re here to help. Based in Plainview, New York, P.T.R.C., Inc. specializes in minimizing clients’ property tax assessments with personalized service. Our number one priority is customer satisfaction.

Contact us today to save money. We look forward to helping you!

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Tips for Appealing Your Property Tax Assessment

 

Property taxes are one of the costs of owning real estate, so they’re usually unavoidable. But that doesn’t mean you can’t appeal your assessment if you think it’s too high. Appealing your property tax assessment is easy and could result in a significantly lower payment when tax time rolls around. Here are some tips for how to appeal your property tax assessment without stress.

Know How Your Municipally's Assessment Operates

Property taxes in the United States are governed by each individual city and county, so it is difficult to offer an over-arching strategy or tactic to all situations. That said, it is important to first understand the policies and practices of your municipal government.

For example, does your municipality assess property according to a square footage metric? Is there a list of exemptions that you can utilize on your assessment?

Keep Grievance Deadlines in Mind

Whether you're unhappy with your assessment because you think it's too high or because it's inaccurate, assessing your situation as soon as possible is vital. If you want to get your grievance heard and potentially change your assessment, it’s important to stay on top of grievance deadlines — like these dates for our services.
 

Comparing Local Properties

Did you know that the value of your property might be assessed differently than other properties in your neighborhood? The local assessor's office will take into account the qualities and attributes of both the neighborhood and individual properties when determining tax assessments.

For example, if there are three properties on a street with similar square footage, they may be assessed at different rates based on location, amenities, quality of the construction materials used, age of the building(s), etc.

Compile The Necessary Data

It's recommended that homeowners keep track of any capital improvements made to their homes, such as roof replacements or new appliances. If possible, take before and after pictures, so you have proof of what was done and when it was done.

Also, keep a record of all expenditures related to maintaining the home like oil changes or plumbing services, and get receipts from contractors doing work around the house. Be sure that these documents are properly stored in an easily accessible place so they can be referenced at any time.

Involve Experts

Appealing your property tax assessment can be a challenge if you don't know where to start. To help you along the way, make sure you invest in experts! The experts here at P.T.R.C., Inc. are dedicated to serving our clients with quality work and push to ensure that our clients pay the lowest amount of property tax as required by law.

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Friday, September 2, 2022

Will a Deck or Patio Increase My Property Taxes?

 

How Will a Deck or Patio Impact My Property Taxes?

After owning your property for a few years, you may have some ideas for how you would like to change up your living space. However, you don’t want to get carried away with numerous renovations because it could potentially decrease the value of your home. Luckily, the property tax professionals of NY are here to help you consider the deck or patio resale value.

What is the Difference?

A deck and a patio are great additions to enhance the outside space; however, there are key differences. A deck is an open platform without a room that extends from a house. On the other hand, a patio is usually paved and can either be attached to or away from home. Though a patio is less expensive than a deck, the deck has a greater return on investment.

The Pros and Cons of a Deck

Depending on your desires, it might be a renovation option to think about. If your land is on uneven terrain and you plan to sell your property eventually, this might be a perfect choice. Although building a deck will make a valuable addition to your house, there are some factors to consider:
Pros:
  • High resale value
  • Works well if your land is not leveled
  • Better view
  • Cools you down during the summer
Cons:
  • Requires more maintenance
  • Shorter lifespan
  • May need a permit
  • More expensive
  • Weight restrictions

The Pros and Cons of a Patio

Are you searching for a simple home addition without breaking the bank? You should consider a patio as it is easy to maintain and brings privacy. However, if your land is not flat, you might need to reevaluate your decision. There are many benefits to a patio, but just like the deck, there are different aspects to ponder:
Pros:
  • Cheaper to Install
  • Easy maintenance
  • Allows more privacy
  • Longer lifespan
  • No permits necessary
Cons:
  • Not ideal for uneven terrain
  • Prone to cracks
  • Slipping risk
  • Easy to stain

Property Tax Consultants on Long Island

If you want to reduce your property taxes, we’re here to help. Based in Plainview, New York, P.T.R.C., Inc. specializes in minimizing clients’ property tax assessments with personalized service. Our number one priority is customer satisfaction.

Contact us today to save money. We look forward to helping you!

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Celebrate National Beach Day on Long Island

 

Just because August is ending soon doesn’t mean the summer fun is over yet. Long Island is the perfect place to spend National Beach Day. So grab your flip-flops and towels and get out there while the sun is still up! From our serene sandy shores to the fun surrounding towns, here’s where you need to be spending today during this very important and iconic holiday.
 

Top-Rated Beaches on Long Island

Many of these will ring a bell if you’ve been living on Long Island for a long time. But, you may find some surprises here and there that you have never heard of. Still, each one of these ocean oasis spots offers an awesome atmosphere for celebrating National Beach Day. Be sure to visit:
  • Jones Beach State Park
  • Robert Moses State Park
  • Sagamore Hill National Historic Site
  • Fire Island National Seashore
  • Sunken Meadow Beach State Park
  • Hither Hills State Park
  • Coopers Beach
  • Orient Beach State Park
  • Gin Beach
  • Long Beach
  • Cupsogue Beach
  • Ditch Plains

Why Long Island Has The Best Beaches

Long Island has always been known to have the best beaches on the North-East coast. From the fine white sand to the many beach trails and shore-side restaurant options, there’s nothing quite like our island. And so many people flock here in the summer to enjoy our sandy shores because there are just so many of them! Southshore, Northshore, and out east — it’s the perfect home for those who love the beach but also enjoy the change in seasons here and there.

Will you be going out to celebrate National Beach Day today? Let’s enjoy the rest of the summer!
 

Contact Us for 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, August 24, 2022

3 Tips For Cutting Monthly Homeowner Expenses

 

Owning your own home can be financially advantageous, but it can also be expensive to run. Whether you’re just starting out or are an experienced homeowner, there are plenty of monthly expenses to keep track of—and if you let them, they can quickly add up! Luckily, there are ways to cut down on some of these costs and save money month after month. The P.T.R.C., Inc. team has three tips for cutting monthly homeowner expenses.

1. Get Rid of Unnecessary Expenses

The first step to cutting your monthly expenses is to get rid of any that are unnecessary. This could include gym memberships, magazine subscriptions, or online streaming services that you no longer use. Once you’ve cut out the expenses that aren’t essential, you can start looking at ways to reduce the cost of the ones that are.

2. Fix Any Maintenance Issues

Another step to cutting monthly homeowner expenses is to fix any maintenance issues that may be present in the home. This can include anything from a dripping faucet to a cracked foundation. By taking care of these issues, you can avoid costly repairs down the road.

3. Reduce Your Electricity Usage

Finally, perhaps one of the easiest ways to start saving on your monthly homeowner bills is to reduce your electricity usage. Here are a few tips to help you do just that:
  • Get an energy audit. Many utility companies offer this service for free, and it can be a great way to identify areas where you can save energy and money.
  • Take advantage of natural light. During the daytime, open up your curtains and let the sun shine in.
  • Invest in solar panels. If you really want to reduce your energy usage, consider investing in solar panels for your home. These can be costly upfront, but they’ll pay for themselves over time and may even save you enough money to justify their cost over just a few years.
  • Swap out incandescent light bulbs with CFLs or LEDs. These lights use much less power than traditional bulbs and last much longer too.
  • Unplug electronics when not in use.

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Monday, August 22, 2022

Back-to-School Savings Tips

 

Save Money This Back-to-School Season With These Tips

Summer’s almost over, schools are getting back in session, and it’s time to save some money this fall! The back-to-school season can be tricky when it comes to finances — with expenses like new clothes, laptops, and school supplies, it can be hard to keep up with all the spending! 

But never fear — we at P.T.R.C., Inc. have put together a list of money-saving tips to help you ease back into the school year without breaking the bank. Check out our list below!

Shop Second-hand

One way to save money on back-to-school shopping is to shop second-hand. You can find great deals on clothing, shoes, and even school supplies if you know where to look. Check out your local thrift store or consignment shop, or even try online second-hand stores. With a little bit of effort, you can find everything you need for a fraction of the cost.

Look For Coupons

To save money on back-to-school shopping, start by looking for coupons. You can find coupons in a variety of places, including online, in newspapers, and store circulars. Keep your eyes peeled for sales, too. You can often find great deals on school supplies if you shop at the right time.

Shop During Back-to-School Sales Periods

Speaking of sales, typically late July through early September is when you can find some of the best back-to-school deals in stores. During this time, stores offer significant discounts on school supplies, clothing, and other items. Planning ahead and taking advantage of these sales can save you a lot of money.

Invest in School Supplies That Will Last Longer

Another way to save money on back-to-school supplies is to invest in items that will last longer. This could mean opting for a sturdier backpack or choosing pens and pencils that have a higher quality. Plus, they can be used again next year! Not only will this save you money in the long run, but it will also reduce the amount of waste you produce.

Contact Us for 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, August 11, 2022

Top 5 Tricks for Lowering Your Property Tax Bill

 

Five Ways to Lower Your Property Tax Bill

The government created property taxes to help support your state and town, such as public schools, community improvements, and local services. The tax charge is different based on every state and local government law. However, the amount you pay is determined by your property. From the tax consultants of Long Island, we’re here to help provide five tricks to reduce your property tax bill.

1. Research Your Neighborhood Home Value

Though it may feel strange, you should learn the average house value in your neighborhood. Identify any discrepancies that don’t quite make sense. For instance, if your neighbor’s home has four bedrooms and is assessed at $300,000 while your two-bedroom home is at $315,000 — that may be a mistake by a tax assessor. Doing your research will help you understand how much your property tax should be.
 

2. Limit Home Projects

Completing projects to improve your real estate will increase your property tax bill. For instance, adding a pool or updating your house’s roof shingles increases your home’s value. If you need to save money, put a pause on your humble abode’s improvement projects for now.

3. Monitor Your Bill

Keep an eye on your bill to prevent any inaccuracies. You can get a free copy from your local government office to get the tax details. Make sure that the size of your equity and the square footage aligns with your charge. If you detect a mistake, contact a tax assessor.

4. Check if You Qualify for Tax Exemptions

Most state and local governments provide tax exemptions for homeowners. For instance, if you are a veteran or use your property for agricultural purposes, you may be able to reduce your cost of taxes. You should see if your house is eligible for an exemption. This could help you save quite a bit of money. Remember, the worse they can say is no.

5. Walk With Your Tax Assessor

When a tax assessor is coming to evaluate your equity, ensure you are participating in the process. They tend to focus on the positive features of your house, which will increase your property value tremendously. Make sure to mention any small defects throughout your home so that they accurately estimate your property value.

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Friday, July 29, 2022

End of Summer Lawn Care Tips

 

Summer's fading away, and soon the leaves will fall from the trees, so it's time to get out there and do some end-of-summer lawn care to keep your home looking fresh throughout the fall and winter months. Here are some important tips on keeping your curb appeal in shape so that your house looks great even as the weather gets colder.

Mowing Tips

It's essential to ensure you mow your lawn the right way towards the end of summer and the start of fall. With taller grass, it can be difficult to see where you're cutting, and blades can become clogged with wetter, heavier grass. To avoid these problems, ensure you're sharpening your cutter regularly and have an extra one on hand if you don't have time for a full replacement before fall.

Watering Tips

As the weather gets hotter, your lawn will need more water to stay green and healthy. Water early in the morning or evening to avoid evaporation, and make sure to water deeply to encourage deep root growth. Don't forget to check your sprinkler system regularly to make sure it's working properly! And, when temperatures cool down, don't stop watering your lawn — even a small amount of water can prevent brown patches from developing over the winter months.
 

Fall Planting

We still have August and a part of September to get through, but it's never too early to start picking up some autumn plants. Mums, ornamental kale, and pansies are all great choices for adding color to your yard as the leaves begin to change. Prepare your beds by tilling the soil and adding some compost or manure before you plant.

Summer Cleanup

The warm weather won't last forever, so now is the time to give your lawn one last big push before fall sets in. Start by raking up any leaves or debris that have accumulated over the summer. Then, fertilize your property to help it recover from all the foot traffic it's endured. Finally, reseed any bare patches so your lawn will be lush and green come next spring.

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Monday, July 25, 2022

Your Guide to Fresh Produce on Long Island

 

Summer is the perfect time to indulge in all your favorite in-season fruits and veggies! From grilling them up to tossing a few into your salads — you can't go wrong with fresh produce. And on Long Island, there are so many places where you can get that straight-from-the-farm taste.

So, whether you live in Nassau or Suffolk County, we've got a full guide to all things fresh produce on the island! Here's how to get started:
 

Local Farm Stands

Many farms across Long Island offer produce stands with all their products for you to buy. It's usually smaller, maybe with not as many options. But, everything is grown locally. Not only would you be contributing to your local economy, but you could also save money by avoiding those grocery store prices. So, visit your neighborhood farms to see what kind of foods they are offering this season.
 

Farmers' Markets

Known as bigger ordeals, farmers' markets on Long Island are a larger assortment of produce, products, and more, all condensed into an area local to you. Instead of going to a farm, they'll come to you! Find all your favorite fruits and vegetables, along with some organic honey, baked goods, and more. Even better, you may see a familiar face or two.
 

"Pick Your Own" Farms and Orchards

Do you know what's better than just heading to a store and buying a bunch of strawberries? Picking them yourself! Throughout Long Island, you can find many farms that offer "pick your own" adventures.

From fresh, juicy peaches to small, little blueberries, buying produce can now become a fun family outing. And it's not just in the summertime that you can look forward to this — many of these spots are open in fall for apple and pumpkin picking!
 

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Monday, July 18, 2022

Things to Know Before Building a Deck

 

It might be your dream to have a deck in your backyard, but before you start building, you should consider some important aspects. There are benefits of having a deck in your yard, such as being able to entertain outdoors while enjoying the fresh air, but there are also some drawbacks.

Before you take on this new project, here are the main things to know before building.

Are You Allowed to Build It?

One of the most important parts of building a deck is ensuring you're allowed to start this project. It's essential to check with your city or county planning and zoning department to see if there are any restrictions on building a deck to avoid any legal issues down the road. You'll also need to find out if you need a permit and, if so, how to obtain one.
 

Choosing The Right Design For Your Home

When it comes to choosing a design style for your deck, there are several things you need to take into account. What is the overall style of your home? What is the purpose of the deck? How much maintenance are you willing to do? Once you have answers to these questions, you can begin narrowing down your options.

How Much Time Will It Take?

A big factor that goes into this project is how much time you realistically have to devote to building and maintaining your deck. A brand new deck can't be built in a day! If this is an issue, you may want to consider hiring a professional.
 

DIY vs. Hire an Expert

You might be wondering if you should attempt to build your deck yourself or hire an expert. There are pros and cons to both! If you decide to go the DIY route, make sure you do your research and understand the process before starting. It's also important to have all the necessary tools and supplies on hand.

On the other hand, hiring an expert can save you time and ensure that your deck is built correctly. Ultimately, the decision is up to you! Do what works best for your schedule and budget.
 

The Potential Increase in Property Taxes

When you change your house to increase its value, your property taxes may go up. This is because the county in which you live assesses your home's value for tax purposes every year. If you build a deck, your home's value will most likely go up, and so will your property taxes. So be sure to factor this into your budget when planning to build a deck.

And if you're looking for a break from your property taxes, our team can help.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Can Adding a Fence to Your Home Increase Your Property Taxes?

 

If you're planning on remodeling your home this year, adding a fence may be on your list of things to do. While many consider fences aesthetically pleasing, they can also help keep pets and children safe by adding a barrier between the yard and the outside world. But if you plan on adding a fence to your property, it's important to understand that this addition could impact your property taxes.

Yes, Fences Can Raise Property Taxes

Unfortunately, adding a fence to your home can sometimes increase your property taxes in a few different ways:
  1. If the fence is considered an improvement to your home, it can increase the assessed value of your property.
  2. If the fence is on the boundary of your property, it can be used to determine the size of your lot, which can also affect your taxes.
  3. Some municipalities have specific regulations about fences that could impact your taxes.

Types of Fences That Increase Your Property Taxes

Wood barriers are the most common type of fence, and they can increase your property taxes. Vinyl fences are also popular, and while they may not raise your taxes as much as a wood fence, they can still have an impact. Metal fences, such as wrought iron, have also been known to increase property taxes.

If you're considering adding a fence to your home, research how it could affect your property taxes.

Will an Extra Fence Affect Your Home Value?

If your municipality has an ordinance that requires homeowners to keep their property line clear, you may be required to pay higher taxes if you add a fence. However, your property taxes may not be affected if you live in an area with no such ordinance. Check with your local government before adding a fence to see if it will impact your property taxes.

If you feel the burden of your property taxes weighing on you, know that you have options. In fact, our team here at P.T.R.C., Inc. is ready to help you get your property taxes lowered!

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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Staying Cool This Summer on LI

 

With all the terrific beaches, beautiful weather, and outdoor activities Long Island has to offer, summer on LI can be one of the best times of the year to enjoy this beautiful part of New York. However, if you're not careful, it can also be one of the hottest times of the year! To help you make the most out of your summer on Long Island, here are some tips on how to stay cool in this summer heat.

Beat The Heat

Long Island is hot in July and August, but there are plenty of ways to stay cool. Here are our best tips for staying cozy through summer's hottest months.
  • Drink lots of water: It's always important to stay hydrated during the summer, but it's especially crucial during these high-temperature months.
  • Grab an umbrella: If you're heading outside, make sure you have an umbrella or hat to protect your skin from the sun!
  • Be smart about sunscreen: Make sure to wear sunscreen when you go out into the sun. Use SPF 30 sunscreen or more for best protection!
  • Put on some long sleeves: A long sleeve shirt is a great way to cover up and keep yourself comfortable and protect your skin from harmful UV rays.
  • Find some shade: The heat can sometimes be unbearable, so be sure to find some shade or stay indoors if possible.

Splash in The Pools

From Nassau County to Suffolk County, Long Island is one of America's biggest summer vacation destinations, with miles and miles of coastline. And nothing beats cooling off with a splash in one of these pristine public pools.
 

Hit Up The Beaches

One of Long Island's most beloved traditions is to grab a beach chair and umbrella and head down to one of its many beaches. With miles upon miles of white sand and stunning waterfront views, there's no reason why you can't spend at least a few days a year soaking up the sun.

Whether you choose Jones Beach or Robert Moses State Park, Montauk or Hamptons, everyone knows where they belong during any given summer day — the beach!

Rock Out to Live Music

If there's a local band you enjoy, be sure to catch them at a live show. Even if you're not really into their music, there's something about watching your favorite bands or artists perform that can boost your mood — and that mood boost could last for days. Next time you hear about an upcoming live band at a bar or venue show, put it on your calendar!
 

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Friday, June 24, 2022

5 Tips To Get A Head Start On Your Tax Organization

 

Organizing your taxes can seem like an impossible task, especially if you wait until the last minute to start working on it. Fortunately, if you take some time to get organized early in the year and schedule plenty of time to work on your taxes at least twice a month, you’ll find that the process becomes much easier to handle when April finally rolls around.

Here are five tips to get yourself started with getting your taxes organized early this year.

1. Download Helpful Software

Before you can start organizing your receipts, you’ll need some helpful software. Good news: there are plenty of great apps and programs out there that make tax filing simple, like TurboTax (which is, appropriately enough, an app). However, if you prefer something more old-school, try a program like Quicken or QuickBooks.

Whatever you choose, make sure it will help keep track of all your income and expenses — and don’t forget to look into whether or not it offers any special discounts for individuals!

2. Organize Income Documents

It’s smart to organize W2s, 1099s, and other income documents well before tax season, so you don’t scramble when preparing your taxes. You can scan these documents or take photos of them with your phone. Organizing is just as important as having all your documentation, if not more so.

3. Gather Your Records

Start gathering your records and receipts for tax filing as soon as you can. That way, you won’t have to scramble around in April trying to locate them all. Make sure you have everything stored in one place — a desk drawer or box will work just fine — so it’s easy to access when tax season rolls around.

4. Consider a Tax Preparer

If you can’t or don’t want to handle your own taxes, another option is to hire a tax preparer. You’ll still be responsible for filing and paying applicable taxes (or penalties), but it will take away some of the hassles of organizing receipts and other paperwork.

Hiring someone to help you with your taxes also means that you won’t have to worry about making mistakes on returns — which could result in additional fees and penalties from the I.R.S. Many preparers also offer discounts for early birds who file before tax day!

5. Consider Getting Your Property Taxes Lowered

If your property tax is too high, it’s not going to be fun when tax season rolls around. With the help of our team here at P.T.R.C., Inc., we can assist you with taking a huge burden off your tax season.
 

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Friday, June 17, 2022

Father's Day on Long Island 2022

 

How to Celebrate Father’s Day on Long Island

If you have a father figure in your life, you’ll do whatever it takes to provide them with the best Father’s Day on the planet. And if you live on Long Island, you’re just in luck: There are a plethora of family-friendly things to do that will give one of the most important individuals in your life a memorable, relaxing day.

Here are some of our top picks for celebrations for a fun Father’s Day on Long Island:

Take them to a Show

Who says you have to trek all the way into Manhattan to see a theatrical performance? Long Island is home to some of the best community theaters on the planet. For instance, consider taking them to see a show at Northport’s John W. Engeman Theater or The Gateway in Bellport for a spectacular that will make you feel as if you’re in the heart of Broadway!

Spend Some Time in Nature

Long Island is well known for its many nature spots. From parks to lakes and even hiking trails, it’s the perfect idea for any outdoorsy dad! Whether in Nassau or Suffolk County, a day at any of these parks is sure to be fun. You can have picnics, BBQs, or play sports with the family.

Or, if dad really enjoys becoming one with nature, consider one of the many hiking trails throughout the island or take a splash and try some of these local fishing spots.
 

Enjoy a Theme Park

Are you looking for a day with family fun that you’ll reminisce about for years? Look no further than Long Island’s amusement park treasure: Adventureland! Having opened its gates in 1962 in the heart of Farmingdale, this theme park has attractions that all will love. From a roller coaster and haunted house to a Ferris wheel and merry-go-round, you’re sure to have the time of your life with your father at this entertainment park!

Plus, what’s a more perfect Father’s Day gift than getting your property taxes reduced?

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Friday, June 10, 2022

Summer Home Improvement Ideas

 

No matter what kind of home you live in, there are always upgrades that can be made to the space and additional features that can be added to the home in order to increase your enjoyment of it and increase its overall value to you. This summer, consider making these upgrades to your home so that you can spend more time enjoying it with friends and family all summer long.

Garden Upgrades

If you don’t already have a garden, consider starting one! In addition to adding value to your humble abode (gardens are great investments), they also give you a chance to get out in nature while doing something that will improve your home. Even if you lack a green thumb, there are plenty of plants and flowers that grow beautifully with little care.

Outdoor Living Space

There are tons of great home improvement projects to complete over summer, so why not start with something you can enjoy from day one? An outdoor living space is a worthy project. Not only will it add value to your house, but summer is a great time to spend outdoors and enjoy your new space. Whether you want to build an outdoor kitchen or lounge area, there are plenty of ways to add an outdoor living space that fits with your existing lifestyle and property.

Room Additions

It might be a good idea to add a room or extension onto your home, such as an attached garage or other type of storage space. This kind of project is best tackled in summer, when you’ll be able to enjoy more time in and around your home while work is ongoing. It will also give you plenty of space to store equipment and tools that you use for other improvements over winter.

New Flooring

Installing new flooring can be a significant project, but it’s not as hard as you might think. From installing tile to laying hardwood floors, there are several affordable home improvement projects that have a big impact.

Best of all, most of these upgrades will save you money in your monthly utility bills. Laying tile or hardwood floors adds an extra layer of insulation to your home and makes for a pleasant place to relax. Summer isn’t just about going on vacation; it’s also about making your house comfortable and energy efficient!

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Tuesday, May 31, 2022

The Best Beaches to Add to Your LI Bucket List

 

Long Island has a lot of natural beauty, from the sandy beaches to the cliffs and wetlands. It's home to some of the best beaches in New York! There are so many on the island to choose from that it can be hard to know which ones are worth visiting. So, if you're looking to make a fun summer bucket list of the best beach spots, we've got you covered! Here's our list of the best sandy shores to enjoy this season.
 

Robert Moses State Park Beach

The Great South Bay at Robert Moses State Park has beautiful views of the bay, fishing piers, and boat launches for those who love water sports. This beach is one of the top destinations for many native Long Islanders, even with the distance it requires to get to it. Visitors can look forward to soft sand, food vendors, and more.
 

Jones Beach State Park Beach

Located in Nassau County, Jones Beach is the longest beach on LI and offers gorgeous views of Fire Island Inlet and more. Of course, its beaches are a staple — but don't forget about its concert venue, restaurants, and many events held throughout the year! Whether you're looking for a relaxing day or want to enjoy the Bethpage Air Show, it's a great popular destination.
 

Rocky Point Beach

This beach features warm sand and shallow water with views of Montauk Lighthouse in the distance. There are also plenty of activities like kayaking or renting bikes nearby! So, if you've had your fill of sunbathing and ocean swimming for the day, you can go off and explore Montauk after.
 

Long Beach

Long Beach in Nassau County is home to a world-class boardwalk with live music, rides, and other attractions that can't be found anywhere else on Long Island. Even with its close distance to New York City, it's home to some of the most powdery beaches on Long Island.
 

Watch Hill

Is it really a Long Island summer if you haven't visited Fire Island? Watch Hill is ranked among the top ten beaches in NY State! Located on the western edge of the Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness, it's a pristine and peaceful getaway destination. It's relatively closed off from the rest of Fire Island, making it a perfect spot for relaxation.
 

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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Places to Visit on Long Island This Summer 2022

 

It’s hard to believe, but summer is less than a month away! We’re gearing up for some seasonal fun this year, and luckily Long Island has plenty of ways to enjoy your time. Truly, nothing beats summer on our beautiful island. So here are some of the perfect spots that you can’t miss out on this year:

Montauk

From the Montauk Point Lighthouse to the many famous restaurants throughout, Montauk is a must for Long Islanders in summer! With its large Montauk Point State Park, perfect for walks in the nice weather, as well as the many beautiful beaches to relax on, it’s no wonder it’s such a popular summertime destination for both native Long Islanders and tourists alike.
 

Long Island Wine Country

Are you looking to taste the best in local wine? Long Island has an extensive wine trail, with many wineries welcoming wine enthusiasts during the summer months. With 57 distinct wine producers, all divided between the North Fork, South Fork, and western Suffolk County, you can enjoy the sips and tastes while supporting our local economies.

From fun wine wagons to guided bike tours, it’s never a dull moment at Long Island Wine Country!
 

Beaches

Is it really summertime if you don’t go to the beach? One of the best parts about Long Island is that we are surrounded by water, thus leading to many beautiful beaches! They are spread throughout — stretching from north and south shore and all the way out east. Nassau and Suffolk County residents can find their favorite beach to visit this season.
 

Fairs and Festivals

Something very special about Long Island is our constant support of neighborhoods and small businesses. This year, throughout the island, residents are invited to participate in various fairs and festivals coming up. It’s a wonderful way to get together and enjoy our perfectly grand island.
 

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Friday, May 20, 2022

Why Are My Property Taxes Higher Than My Neighbor's?

 

Property taxes can be a tricky subject. What's the difference between what you pay and your neighbor pays? Why are my property taxes higher than my neighbors? Property taxes differ from person to person, and many factors come into play when determining them. These factors include:
 

Square Footage

How property taxes work is that they are calculated based on the assessed value of your home and the mileage rate for the area you live in. Typically, houses with larger square footage and cost more will have to pay more in property taxes.
 

Difference in Assessments

Another reason for the difference in property taxes is due to the assessment. If you live in a newer house, chances are that your home was assessed at a higher value than your neighbor's. Older homes may be, on average, lower-valued, but this is not always the case as well.

County Policies

Different counties will assess tax rates differently based on their policies. Property tax rates vary by county, school district, type of property (residential vs. commercial), and the type of service provided. Property tax rates also change when local budgets do not have enough revenue to provide services or maintain public infrastructure such as roads, bridges, schools, etc., resulting in varying property taxes.

Additions to Your Home

That's right — anything from a pool to higher fences or even an extension on your property could result in higher property taxes. So if your humble abode has more amenities than your neighbors, you're probably going to have higher taxes.
 

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Wednesday, May 11, 2022

5 Planner Tips for Beginners

 

Having an organized planner and schedule is the key to success – regardless of your industry, having this will ensure you don't miss out on important dates and events that may impact your performance. A great way to stay on top of things is to use some basic planner tips to better organize your day-to-day life and career and focus on what matters. Check out these five planner tips below!

Use a Planner Often

It may not seem important to write notes or ideas in your planner, but the more you use it, the easier it will be to remember essential items. The key is to get into a routine of using your planner daily and filling it with appointments, meetings, and other events.

You'll also want to regularly keep track of deadlines, tasks, and goals to make sure they're being met on time. Before long, all of these small details will become second nature — and before you know it, planning ahead won't feel like an extra chore!

Don't Overwhelm Yourself With Too Many Ideas

A planner is an excellent way to get organized, but you could also easily overwhelm yourself if there's too much going on. It's important to make sure your calendar doesn't become too packed — and that you don't feel like it's impossible to fit everything in. If that happens, chances are that you won't use it as often as possible and will quickly lose interest in keeping it up-to-date.

Work Smart, Not Hard

You have a planner for a reason — it's here to help you work smarter, not harder! If you're struggling with productivity, take some time to plan out exactly what needs to be done and when. The more organized you are, the less stressed and overwhelmed you'll feel.

Reflect on Your Day

Having a planner on hand also allows you to recollect your day. Reflecting is important because it helps us identify what went well and what didn't and use that information to plan better for the future.

For example, maybe you planned out how many hours of work you wanted to get done each day but couldn't follow through with that goal due to unforeseen circumstances. Reflecting on these unplanned events helps us figure out how we can avoid them in the future or deal with them more effectively when they arise again.

Mark Important Dates

It's nearly impossible to keep up with all your important dates that come up throughout the week daily. From meetings to doctor's appointments, your calendar should appropriately mark significant events. This leads us to your reminder for this month: the Suffolk County grievance deadline is coming up!

Mark your calendar for May 17, 2022, and be sure to get your applications in well before this date!

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