Equipment Appraisal Blog | Understanding Machinery Appraisals

What benefits can you get from a commercial property valuation?

Posted by Equipment Appraisal Services on Tue, Apr 24, 2018 @ 01:40 PM

When you own a business, your equipment can be a large part of your overall assets. Unfortunately, many business owners fail to get a commercial property valuation before it's needed, making the process much more complicated when working with a tax agency over a prior year's donation, an insurance company after a fire or with an interested buyer who wants a serious bargain. An equipment valuation can help protect your interests in a wide range of situations. Here's a quick look at the benefits you'll receive when you get one:

What benefits can you get from a commercial property valuation?

Determining what your machinery is worth can be an open-ended question. To a machinery dealer, it's worth whatever it needs to be valued at to make the sale happen. If you need to be convinced that the machinery is worthless to get you to upgrade, they may undervalue the machinery. If they think you need a solid trade-in value to justify the investment in new machinery, they may overvalue the equipment to make the sale. Because they have a solid interest in your equipment and the actions you take with it, the value they provide for your machinery isn't necessarily accurate.

What about the values you see in used equipment being sold online or in classified ads? Unfortunately, that's not necessarily an accurate value either. The owner may be waiting for the perfect buyer and have their machinery priced higher than it would otherwise sell for, or they may be looking for a fast sale and have lowballed the selling price. If the equipment is in poor condition, it may sell for a lower amount, or if it's in great condition, it may have a higher price.

But there's more than just a simple value for your equipment when you have a valuation performed. A certified equipment appraiser's job is looking at machinery. They spend all day looking at the machinery that they're evaluating, so they can often tell you a great deal about the equipment's condition. When they specialize in a specific industry's equipment, they can know the failure points for many pieces of machinery. They can tell when a piece of equipment has been well maintained and when the machinery has been neglected or abused.

Unlike tax assessors, who look at a wide range of property, a valuation specialist can quickly and accurately determine the differences in value between a diesel and gasoline engine in the same work truck, a bandsaw mill that has a wide range of potential accessories or attachments or the difference in the size of a metal press. They can help ensure that the value you receive is accurate to your exact machinery. Because they are an independent third party, the value that they calculate will not be influenced by any outside factors.

By getting a commercial property valuation on your business equipment, your company can benefit from that appraisal in many ways. However, it's important to remember that the valuation is only as good as the appraiser who performs it. If you use a simple equipment to estimate your equipment values, there's a good chance that appraisal will not hold up to strong scrutiny. Make a solid investment in your equipment values by making sure that your equipment valuation specialist is certified with a national appraisal organization.

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Why do you need an asset valuation for your machinery?

Posted by Equipment Appraisal Services on Tue, Apr 17, 2018 @ 09:56 AM

When you have a serious investment in equipment, asset valuation can help you protect that investment. Typically only considered when a piece of machinery is being sold, there are a wide range of other situations where having your equipment values can be very beneficial. Here's a quick look at several different scenarios and how they can impact your bottom line.

Why do you need an asset valuation for your machinery?

Equipment Replacement

A woodworker is getting ready to replace his high-end cabinet saw, but isn't sure what it's worth. A local dealer has made an offer to take the existing saw as part of a down payment, but the figure doesn't seem quite right. By having an equipment appraisal performed, the woodworker can discover the true value of his equipment before agreeing to the deal.

Arranging Financing

A plastic manufacturer is getting ready to expand its operations and needs to secure financing to make the change. Because of past financial issues of one of the partners, the company needs to use its existing equipment as collateral for a business loan. When they provide the financial institution with a copy of the valuation report from a certified appraiser, the loan is quickly processed and the expansion is started, allowing the company to take advantage of favorable market conditions.

Insurance Claims

After a hurricane raged through rural Mississippi, flooding low-lying areas, a lumber mill faces serious losses due to damaged and irreparable equipment, potentially forcing the permanent closure of their business. Unfortunately, the insurance company that covered the machinery is taking heavy losses and trying to minimize reimbursements to clients. A machinery appraisal report verifies the pre-loss value of the machinery, leaving the insurance company with little choice but to pay the claim at the appropriate value.

Tax Assessments

A county tax assessor takes a look at a construction company's heavy equipment, but with the wide range of equipment that they assess every year, the assessor makes a simple mistake in the model number, options, packages or kits on a backhoe. It could even be that the backhoe looks okay, but has been used in harsh environments that have ended up causing significant damage to the backhoe, making it worth much less than the assessed value. An appraisal report uses solid methodology and calculations to determine the backhoe's actual value, reducing the assessment to an accurate value.

Legal Situations

During a divorce, both sides are fighting over the value of the machinery of a business that was built by the pair that is now splitting. The side that's keeping the business wants to understate the equipment value while the side that's leaving wants to get top dollar for their interest in the equipment. Getting an equipment assessment means that fair market value is represented to both sides in a court of law, meeting legal requirements for the situation.

When you understand all the situations where an asset valuation can be useful, the true value of an equipment appraisal becomes apparent. But don't settle for the dealership down the street or guessing at the value from local auction prices. To get an appraisal that will hold up well to strong scrutiny in these situations requires a certified appraiser. Make sure to check that any equipment appraiser you hire has been certified and has experience with equipment in your industry.

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What is the American Society of Appraisers and how will it impact your appraisal?

Posted by Equipment Appraisal Services on Tue, Apr 10, 2018 @ 02:12 PM

When you need to have an appraisal performed on your equipment, it's important that it be performed by a valuation specialist who has the proper credentials. One of the largest accreditation organizations for appraisal practices is the American Society of Appraisers. But what is it, why is it important to use a certified appraiser and what difference can it have on your equipment appraisal? Here's a quick rundown to help get you started.

What is the American Society of Appraisers and how will it impact your appraisal?

The ASA grew out of two organizations formed in the 1930s, the American Society of Technical Appraisers and the Technical Valuation Society. Incorporated in 1952, the ASA was formed to create an over-arching professional association of appraisers, regardless of their specialty. Through the decades, the ASA has worked hard to develop professional standards and practices for appraisal practice to bring regularity to the industry. It has focused on refining appraisal practice to the point that the methodologies that they have developed will hold up well to strong scrutiny in many situations, including legal, financial, insurance and tax agency circles. The organization has also developed sub-levels of its certification process to cover a wide range of appraisal practice, such as business valuation, gemstone and jewelry appraisal, real property, personal property and machinery & technical specifications.

The thorough certification process that the ASA has developed teaches new appraisers how to use those tested methodologies and in which situations they should be applied to find the most appropriate value for your equipment. The process of becoming an ASA-certified appraiser involves an in-depth combination of acceptable classes or education and professional appraisal experience. This specific combination ensures that anyone who has received an ASA certified designation has both the knowledge as well as the real-world experience to reasonably put their training into practice.

By having your appraisal performed by an ASA-certified appraiser, you can ensure that your valuation report will hold up to strong scrutiny in a wide range of circumstances. Did you know that in a few particular circumstances, the law requires a specific type of valuation to be performed? Did you know that you can have machinery valued even after it has been damaged in a fire or donated to a charity? What about determining the value of a piece of machinery some amount of time in the past for a court case or similar back-dated valuation? Because of the experience and knowledge gained in the certification process, a certified appraiser knows exactly what type of appraisal needs to be performed, can easily deal with situations such as these and is still able to develop a high-quality appraisal report that will help support your machinery's value to a number of different parties.

Having an appraisal completed on your equipment by an appraiser who is certified by the American Society of Appraisers is an excellent way to get a quality valuation. A machinery appraisal provides you with documentation of your equipment values, but if it isn't performed properly, it won't hold up to strong scrutiny. At that point, you've thrown your money away on an appraisal that doesn't do you any good. To get the best value for your dollar, make sure that your appraiser is certified by the American Society of Appraisers or a similar appraisal certification organization.

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Why should you get a commercial appraisal on your equipment?

Posted by Equipment Appraisal Services on Tue, Apr 03, 2018 @ 10:42 AM

When you have invested significantly into your machinery, you want to make sure that your investment is protected. Though many businesses will insure their equipment, proving the value of your machinery after a loss is important to making a successful claim. But what if you're not sure what the value of your machinery should be or are having problems proving that value? in these areas, a commercial appraisal is vital to help ensure your equipment remains an asset to your business. Here's a quick look at the benefits of such an appraisal on your machinery.

Why should you get a commercial appraisal on your equipment?

What is the equipment in your business actually worth? It's a common question, whether you're dealing with a tax assessment, securing a business loan or making an insurance claim. Unfortunately, the answer to that question can be difficult to prove. Whether you have purchased new machinery, purchased used machinery or need to document the value of machinery that has been in use for some period of time, documenting the machinery value is important for a wide range of situations. But how do you go about documenting that value to outside interests?

When you first acquire a piece of equipment, whether it's new or used, you'll need to enter that value into your books so that you can deal with accounting issues such as depreciation. But does that mean if you got a good deal on it that the machinery is tied to that specific value? Not necessarily. If it was and you suffered a loss, you may not be able to claim the machinery's full value to your insurance company. A valuation protects the machinery's actual value to your business rather than the cost to acquire it.

It also helps to document the value of the machinery for any number of reasons. A certified appraisal is completed using methodologies that have been tested in a wide range of circumstances over the decades, so such an appraisal can stand up well to strong scrutiny. It will allow you to use that value in financial, insurance, legal and tax agency circles to prove the machinery value.

If you have equipment that has been in use for years, it may have been completely depreciated and have a book value that is virtually nothing. However, the machinery may continue to provide strong service for years to come. How do you document that loss of production value when the equipment had no value on the books? Having a piece of older machinery appraised allows you to benefit when it has been lost instead of losing the production value of the machinery because you have no documentation of its value.

By taking the time to have a commercial appraisal performed on your equipment, you're able to better protect your investment. But not all appraisals are the same. Though it can be tempting to try to value your machinery based on market sales or the word of a sales rep, this type of valuation won't hold up well to the strong scrutiny that will come about in a wide range of circumstances. Fortunately, even if you've already suffered the loss of your equipment, a professional certified appraiser can still perform an appraisal to determine the value prior to the loss, making it easier for you to document your equipment's value.

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