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How can an equipment valuation help you take advantage of economic growth?

Posted by Equipment Appraisal Services on Tue, Nov 06, 2018 @ 10:43 AM

When the economy is strong, you want to take advantage of that growth to make the best gains you can before things slow down again. But how do you know if you're using your equipment assets to their best advantage during this process? An equipment valuation can be a valuable tool to help you gain significant growth out of the good times to help you through the bad. Here's a quick look at some ways you can use a valuation report to your benefit during periods of strong economic growth.

How can an equipment valuation help you take advantage of economic growth?

  • Finance: A strong economy is a common indicator that it's a good time to take out a loan to grow your business or consolidate your position. However, securing that financing for the best possible rates can be difficult, especially if your business struggled during the last recession and has a few stains on its credit report. When you know exactly what your equipment is worth, you can use it as collateral for your financing. Furthermore, an equipment appraisal report from a certified appraiser holds up to strong scrutiny, bypassing the need for having a secondary appraisal for the financial institution.
  • Improved Production: Downtime is the enemy when production is running hot and you need every possible bit of outcome from your equipment. During an equipment appraisal, a qualified machinery valuation specialist may notice a number of different issues with your equipment. Because they deal with this type of equipment on a daily basis, it's much easier for them to notice when something seems a little off and may be able to provide advice with regards to potential upcoming failures. This allows you to make timely repairs before a major breakdown takes place.
  • Improved Overhead Costs: As part of your overhead costs, knowing when to replace aging machinery is a vital part to ensure that you're putting out as little equity as needed when the time comes for replacement. When you know exactly what your machinery is worth at the time, it makes the replacement decision and the calculations involved much easier to determine. This allows you to make the right decision at the right time for the right cost, saving your business money in overhead costs for replacement machinery.
  • Avoiding Poor Property Tax Assessments: As the economy recovers, every tax agency wants their piece of the pie. When your tax bill goes up, you end up having a lower amount of funds available for rolling into other parts of your business. This means that you need to make sure that your equipment is being accurately assessed by the tax office to ensure you're not paying too much in taxes. Because a certified appraisal holds up well to strong scrutiny, it's accepted as proof of value by many tax agencies.

By having an equipment valuation performed, you end up with the tools needed to take full advantage of the situation. But what kind of valuation should you have performed? Rather than taking the word of an appraiser who has an interest in the outcome of the valuation, such as an equipment sales representative, you'll get much better, more accurate and more actionable results from a certified equipment appraiser. Be sure to ask your appraisers whether they're certified and ask which organization they're certified with.

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