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As Long as There Are Disputes, 3rd Party Appraisers Will be in Demand

Posted by Equipment Appraisal Services on Mon, Feb 19, 2024 @ 07:30 AM

Business Disputes Require Independent Machinery and Equipment Appraisers

There are a lot of reasons why companies and individuals need professional valuation reports as part of their ongoing dealings. Collaborative transactions, such as leasing and financing, donations and gifting, estate transfer, and mergers and acquisitions, will always be part of an appraiser’s practice. That being said, company and personal disputes will always be a primary driver of business for experienced valuation professionals.

Partnerships in companies once built to last somehow weaken and crumble when decisions can no longer be mutually agreed upon. Husbands and wives, who once enjoyed a happy relationship can no longer tolerate each other and have no interest in agreeing to negotiate a fair divorce settlement due to built-up resentment and anger.

Companies collaborating on an exciting joint venture suddenly become untrustworthy of the other’s intentions and can no longer work together as a team.

I could go on with general examples, however, the point is, that there will always be disputes arising between businesses and individuals because that’s just the way life is. People you thought you trusted show their other side and eventually betray you. Others decide they want to change their habits and opinions about important issues and begin to butt heads with the ones they previously were in sync with. It’s simply human nature. Some can adapt and resolve things between themselves, however, many cannot.

When individuals begin to disagree, a wall often builds up between the parties that is impossible to tear down. What was an issue that at first could easily be negotiated or compromised on, suddenly morphs into a problem that has no right answer. Common sense goes out the window and eventually, third parties are brought in to decide the fate of the situation.

This is where outside consultants, like appraisers and industry experts, with a high level of experience, have opportunities to work independently to assist in the dispute and play a part in the eventual settlement or ruling of the case.

If you find yourself in a situation like this, professionally or personally, first look to hire a good attorney. Then, when the time is right, discuss the case with experienced accredited consultants, such as an equipment or business appraiser, who can work with you to develop unbiased opinions about the assets involved with the case.

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Equipment Appraisals: Working with Subcontractors

Posted by Equipment Appraisal Services on Mon, Feb 05, 2024 @ 07:30 AM

Subcontractor for Equipment Appraisal

If you run an appraisal practice and don’t have enough employees to handle all of the responsibilities, or if you simply want to cut back on your workload, hiring a subcontractor might be an affordable and effective option. Consider them as an alternative to expanding fixed overhead that might be only a temporary need or a more permanent way to bridge a gap in staffing. Subcontractors can save you time and excess costs, in comparison to other options.

If you run a national practice, one of the areas where hiring subcontractors might be a good choice is field work or site visits. Some inspection companies have local contacts across the country in every state and major city that you can hire to gather photographs and additional asset information during the appraisal process. As long as you work closely coordinating scheduling and ensuring the inspection directives are clear, this may end up saving you time and money in comparison to driving for hours or flying out to the facility yourself.

Another area where subcontractors might assist you in your valuation is with industry experts who can provide supporting research and reliable opinions of value to bolster your report. If you’re working on a project where the equipment has a limited secondary market or data is hard to come by, it might be worth it for an expert in the field who buys and sells the machinery to provide you with a written summary opinion that contains the details necessary to solidify your value estimates.

Before you commit to engaging with a subcontractor, take a long look at the overall scope of work and the larger transaction involved with the appraisal. With fieldwork, ensure you are advising your client that you will remain the primary contact throughout the process and that the valuation analysis will be your work product. Advise them the inspector does not have valuation experience but is qualified to work with them to gather photos and complete a basic inventory validation with the asset listing provided.

There will be projects where you feel the only way to accomplish the fieldwork properly is to visit the site yourself or to send one of your employees, so pick and choose the projects as you see fit.

Industry expert subcontractors may come in particularly handy if you are working on a legal case where you could end up providing your report to the courts in an effort to facilitate a dispute. Judges will tend to rely more on valuations that are supported by multiple sources, and having one or two written supplemental opinions will bolster your work product.

In summary, subcontractors, if vetted properly and chosen for the right projects, can be a useful tool for equipment appraisal professionals.

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