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

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, 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

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, 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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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