You love to cook and host people at your restaurant, but sometimes the business end of your space can be frustrating. Even if you're handling your own accounting, do you know what it would cost to replace all of the items in your restaurant? Do you have sufficient insurance coverage if you have a kitchen fire or flood? One way to determine whether you are able to replace any or all of your restaurant's property and equipment is by having a restaurant personal property & equipment appraisal performed. Here's a look at what kind of items will be appraised during the process.
What's Covered in a Restaurant Personal Property & Equipment Appraisal?
Your restaurant has a lot of different types of property, property that can suffer losses in a number of different circumstances. Flooding can damage your tables and chairs. A fire can damage or destroy the equipment in your kitchen. Either of these circumstances can impact your real estate values, if you've chosen to purchase your business property rather than leasing it. You may have insurance to cover these losses, but how do you know how much insurance to carry in the first place to cover these different types of property?
You could start by looking at replacement value. How much will it cost to replace the equipment that's in your restaurant's kitchen? How much will it cost to try to source and replace the hand-carved chairs in your dining room? Will you need to purchase new items, or can you easily find the items you need second-hand to help reduce the cost of replacement? How do you know what these values are in the first place? The easiest approach is to have an appraisal performed on your restaurant's equipment and personal property.
When you have these items appraised, you can get a better idea of how much insurance coverage you may have. On some pieces of equipment, you may have already fully depreciated the equipment to follow a particular tax strategy, but that equipment will continue to deliver value for your restaurant for many years to come. Because you don't have to replace that equipment, it continues to have value for your business. If you were to suffer a loss due to flooding, fire or another occurrence, you would then need to pay money to replace the equipment. As you can see, basing the value of your restaurant's equipment and personal property on your tax accounting records can leave you far short of the claim you would need to file with your insurance company in case of a loss.
By having a restaurant personal property & equipment appraisal performed on your business' material goods, you can ensure that you have sufficient insurance coverage in case of a disaster. You can also use the appraisal to leverage the value of your restaurant's equipment and personal property to help secure financing, fight a property tax assessment that is incorrect or proves the value of your restaurant in court proceedings. However, to get accurate calculations, you'll want to make sure that you're working with a certified equipment appraiser. The certification process ensures that your appraiser has had training in standardized methodologies that will hold up well to strong scrutiny.