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.

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Home Resolutions Every Homeowner Should Make


The new year is almost here, and with it comes those annual new year's resolutions. Often we try to center around ourselves, working to become a better version of ourselves with the changing of the year. However, how often do we make resolutions that center around our home? Homeowners might find that bettering their homes is also a great way to better themselves, so here are some of our top home resolutions!

Finally, Make Those Changes

If you have been putting off home renovation or remodeling ideas for a long time, make this next year the year to finally do it! There's no harm in change; change can be excellent. Whether it's work in one specific room or on your entire home, you can bring your dreams to life and, in return, make your year ten times better. 

Keep Up With Maintenance

From your HVAC system to your roofing, make sure you're up to date with all your maintenance requirements. Most professionals suggest you get annual maintenance checks, so start your new year right by ensuring everything in your house is working correctly and efficiently. This way, you won't have to worry about any issues, and you can save money on repairs.

Get Your Property Taxes Lowered

Save big money this new year by applying to get your property taxes lowered! There's still plenty of time to submit your request, so add this idea to your new year's resolution list and see the difference P.T.R.C., Inc can make for you. As the leader in property tax challenges, the staff at P.T.R.C., Inc. is dedicated to assuring that our clients pay the lowest possible property tax as required by law. Apply now!

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.

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Last Minute Christmas Checklist


Christmas is right around the corner! You don’t want to feel rushed, so it’s best to make sure you got everything you need to get done or prepared for this week. Don’t wait until the last minute, AKA Christmas Eve, to do all your wrapping or baking. Here are some essential things you need to check off your Christmas checklist before the holiday week begins!


You’re cutting it very close if you have not finished all your gift shopping for this season. For most online shopping stores, they offer ways to get same-day or two-day delivery. Even so, there could be issues with delays or packaging damage, so you shouldn’t wait until the last minute to buy everything. Have you checked off all the presents you wanted to get for everyone already? 

Wrapping Paper

Maybe not all of your gifts have arrived or been bought by now, but as long as you have plenty of wrapping paper and gift bags prepared, you won’t have to rush. This way, you can get everything decorated and ready to be placed right under that tree as soon as possible. Don’t forget the name tags and bows for decoration!

Pre-Baking and Cooking Fun

There are many kinds of Christmas foods that can be baked or prepared beforehand. You can freeze cookie dough for at least a week before they go in the oven. If you aren’t planning on cooking for the holidays, make sure you have all your catering needs paid and designed for by now. You might still have to do some cooking the day, but anything you can pre-plan will help you feel less stressed.

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, December 9, 2020

Holiday Home Safety Tips


The holiday season is here! And one of the best parts about this time of year is when we get to decorate our home for the occasion. There are so many ways to make it your own, with unique decor that light up differently from the rest of your neighbors. However, it’s essential to keep safety in mind. When it comes to getting everything set up before the holidays, we encourage you to always put your safety first before all.

Remember Ladder Safety

When it comes to getting those lights up around the house, most homeowners need to break out their ladders to get this task done. We urge you always to remember to have someone spot you while climbing the ladder and check the ground to make sure the surface is clear and has no ice or water. Some severe injuries can occur while using a ladder, so please be safe!

Electrical Safety

You have a lot that needs to be lit up during the night to spread the holly, jolly cheer for all to see. However, there are a few outdoor electricity safety tips to always keep in mind. Try not to plug too many decorations into one outlet, as the system could overload and cause your breaker panel to pop. Remember to invest in weatherproof protection for your power cords, as rainy or snowy conditions could cause damage to any decorations you have outside.

Fire Safety

For indoor decorations, make sure that you have the right lights and outlets for anything wrapped around your tree, furniture, or walls. If your system overheats or something happens with the electrical cords, and there is a spark, it could be disastrous. Research the correct lights for your home and turn them off once everyone has gone to bed, as there is no reason to keep them on 24/7.

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.