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5 Things to Look for in a Crane Appraisal

Posted by Equipment Appraisal Services on Tue, Jul 18, 2017 @ 02:54 PM

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Your equipment is only as valuable as its appraised value, whether you're trying to sell a crane at auction, write off a business purchase on your taxes, or estimate the value of equipment damage. Learn 5 things to look for when selecting a crane appraisal firm or individual who can accurately value your crane. 

1.  ASA certification 

It's always important to make sure that any appraiser you select is certified by the American Society of Appraisers or ASA. The ASA offers a Machinery & Technical Specialties (MTS) designation, which denotes appraisers with particular knowledge of machinery and heavy equipment. When you're getting a crane appraised, look for an appraiser with this designation to enjoy full confidence you're getting an expert on cranes. Additionally, consider an appraiser who belongs to the Association of Machinery and Equipment Appraisers or a comparable organization. Membership in this organization suggests both firsthand knowledge of heavy equipment and professional expertise in its appraisal. 

2. Knowledge of heavy equipment

Appraisers specialize in different industries and items. You wouldn't approach a rare books appraiser and expect them to provide an accurate value for your construction crane or vice versa. Never compromise on this point: To obtain a useful value, whether you want to sell your crane or make an insurance claim for damage, you need an appraiser who understands the value of your equipment via firsthand knowledge of cranes like yours. If you hire a general appraiser, they may be able to run an internet search or check in a book to provide a rough estimate of value. However, they cannot accurately account for the value of specific attachments or assess the impact of damage on the crane's utility. 

3. Knowledge of the industry

In addition to hiring an appraiser who really knows cranes, it's smart to hire someone who accurately understands your industry. Like real estate, any commodity is only as hot as the market at the time you want to sell. If the construction industry is in a slump, your crane will find few buyers at auction. You may need to sell for less to get rid of the equipment, or hang onto the old machinery until circumstances approve. An experienced appraiser can walk you through the market, industry and timing as they pertain to equipment value. 

4. Solid network of contacts 

You'll realize the biggest benefit if you hire an appraiser who has a rich network. Whether you need to sell the crane quickly at auction or get damaged equipment serviced, a highly connected appraiser can refer you to the right people. This may make all the difference between selecting an auction house that specialize in heavy equipment -- where your crane will go fast and for a fair price -- and ending up with a bad fit where you don't get the results you seek. 

5. Strong communications skills 

After all the above criteria have been satisfied, select an appraiser who has demonstrated strong communications skills. It's important to get an accurate appraisal, but it's also beneficial that you comprehend why your crane has a certain value and what factors affect this value. This way, you can understand what maintenance tasks are vital if you wish to sell the crane. An appraiser with good communication skills will be able to break down this information for you in clear language, so you know your next steps. 

Once you've found someone who meets all 5 criteria, you can schedule your appraisal with confidence. 

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Weather market changes with an industrial equipment appraisal

Posted by Equipment Appraisal Services on Tue, Jul 11, 2017 @ 10:41 AM

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If you spend any time looking at the news, you're probably noticing the same thing we are - the more the news says, the more uncertain the market looks. How do you make smart business decisions when the market seems to be in a constant state of flux? Surprisingly, an industrial equipment appraisal may help. But how does knowing the value of your industrial equipment help your business get through these changes in the market? We thought you'd never ask:

Weather market changes with an industrial equipment appraisal

  • A poor economy tends to cause a related rise in crime. Having an equipment appraisal helps ensure that you can recover the full value of your equipment from your insurance company when you have a theft at your business.
  • A poor economy also increases the number of people who are homeless. We've all heard horror stories about a squatter's fire getting out of control and burning down any number of buildings in the area. A machinery valuation can prove the value of your equipment even if it isn't performed until after a loss.
  • Of course, a good economy means governments want to raise taxes. Have you ever received a property tax assessment that was so high as to be completely ridiculous? A machinery appraisal proves the value of the machinery using standardized methodologies that have stood the test of time.
  • Tax increases also provide the opportunity for tax deductions when you donate your industrial machinery to a worthy cause. But how do you know how much the donation is worth? Having an appraisal performed provides rock solid documentation of the value of the equipment you've donated.
  • Are you considering expanding your business? When the economy was doing poorly when the housing bubble burst, new regulations came into effect to tighten access to business loans. Having your equipment valued provides you with documentation so you can use your equipment - and only the right amount of equipment - as collateral to secure a loan for expansion.
  • When the economy is recovering, it's very tempting to upgrade your industrial machinery so you can increase production, improve quality and similar concerns. When you have a machinery appraisal, you know exactly what you can get for your old equipment to help finance the purchase of the upgraded machinery.
  • If you're ready to expand your business but have sticker shock over the cost of new equipment, have you looked at used machinery? Having an equipment appraisal on a used piece of machinery ensures you'll know what kind of conditions the equipment is in and won't have any nasty surprises.

Whatever happens with the market and economy, having an industrial equipment appraisal can help you keep your business running smoothly. But where should that appraisal come from? Though you could get a quote from a local dealer, their focus is selling you equipment, which will color their appraisal. They may say your equipment isn't worth much or that it's worth far more than you think it should because they want it as a trade-in. You could look in the local paper, but unless there's another business in the area selling the same equipment you are, it's not going to be an accurate assessment either. Using a certified equipment appraiser ensures that you'll receive an appraisal report that will stand up to scrutiny in legal, financial and insurance circles.

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Infrastructure Upgrades: How a Paving Equipment Appraisal Helps

Posted by Equipment Appraisal Services on Tue, Jul 04, 2017 @ 05:02 PM

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As President Trump has come into office, he's made some promises to America. Part of those promises includes a proposal for spending $1 trillion to update the US infrastructure to help boost jobs, businesses and trade. But how will this proposal impact your business? How can a paving equipment appraisal help ensure you're in a good position to take advantage of the potential growth that may come out of this initiative? Here are a few areas to consider that can help you get your business off on the right foot with these prospective spending proposals.

Infrastructure Upgrades: How a Paving Equipment Appraisal Helps

What shape is your equipment in? What is it worth? Are there better options you should be considering? What will it cost to replace that equipment? As infrastructure plans begin rolling forward, whether it's originating from President Trump's $1 trillion initiative or smaller projects, this information is vital to the success or failure of your business. Why?

If you're considering splitting your crew and building your business through multiple highway contracts, you'll need equity to secure loans for additional equipment. Your financial institution will need assurances that the machinery you're using for collateral is really worth the money they're loaning out against it. An equipment appraisal report prepared by a certified machinery appraiser uses methodologies that have been tested in the court system for decades, so they are viewed as accurate in financial circles.

What if you have an equipment failure while traffic is backed up through a construction zone or you're required to meet particular time constraints for the contract? Because an equipment appraiser spends significant amounts of time combing through paving equipment, they often recognize signs of trouble well before they would otherwise become apparent. This allows you to undertake repairs or replace the equipment before it turns into a logistical nightmare on the side of a highway.

Have there been issues of equipment theft or vandalism in your area? When you receive a paving equipment valuation, you have documentation that holds up well against scrutiny, making it ideal when you need to quickly settle an insurance claim. But what about if the vandalism or theft has already taken place? Many equipment appraisers are able to retroactively value machinery to help businesses settle an insurance claim, even without a prior record of valuation.

But what if you already have a machinery valuation in place? Though it may reflect the equipment values of the past few years, there's a good chance it won't reflect current market conditions. As infrastructure jobs become more common, that equipment's value will rise. A piece of machinery that was worth $35,000 last year may be worth $50,000 next year as scarcity and demand increases its value significantly. Wouldn't you rather know what your machinery is really worth now than what it was worth during the worst parts of the recession?

Spending $1 trillion on infrastructure may seem like a large amount, but when it comes to winning highway contracts, you know that every penny counts. Every difference in supply prices, every minute spent waiting for your crew to get in gear and every penny spent on rental equipment because you've had a break down can quickly eat into your profits, turning a highly profitable highway job into a nightmare that sinks your business. Having a paving equipment appraisal performed on your machinery can make all the difference between these two states.

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