Importance of Machinery and Equipment Appraisals

Before you decide to clear your business or send your property to the auction, it's important to understand its value so that you can not only understand the value of the property but also recognize a reasonable amount of time after the auction or sale. Working with an appraiser who understands your goals and understands the various ways to evaluate your analysis will give you an edge.


In today's competitive and unpredictable business world, companies must make accurate, timely and profitable equipment and machinery valuations.


Why would you need equipment and machinery appraisal?

There are many compelling reasons to value machines and equipment, including the desire or need to sell, which proves that you have the right insurance, you want to buy additional equipment, or just evaluate the overall value of your company. The main reason is to determine the actual value of the technical assets in your current market.


Uses of an equipment & machinery appraisal

The customer typically purchases an assessment to impress another third party with regard to the reasonableness of the particular value of the asset in question. At the heart of the problem is that when a third party makes a decision about value based on the evaluator's opinion, it binds the customer. Certified M&E assessments can be used to sell assets, obtain working capital, debt guarantees and resolve disputes.


Accurately determining the value of your assets

Many organizations provide independent and certified asset assessments to meet all your assessment needs for machinery, equipment and personal property. They identify the company's assets, and their qualified evaluators understand the complexities of these technical assets and recognize their role in the business.

Why doing machinery and equipment appraisal?

Managers often want to know why they need to evaluate machines and equipment, but these assessments are an important part of today's business.

Is the equipment and machinery appraisal beneficial when buying or selling a business?


Of course, can. Buyers want to know the breakdown between real and personal property. This is an analysis or study of cost separation. There are many reasons for the completion of the assessment, but the most important is for tax reasons: the assets are divided into different categories for depreciation.


The useful life of an appraisal

In general, the evaluation is valid for three years but depends on the current market, economy and industry. The estimated service life also depends on the availability of the type of equipment being evaluated. Values can change dramatically as economic factors such as supply and demand change.


Qualified appraisal

The “Eligibility Assessment” is clearly defined in the National Taxation Office (IRS) publication 561, and the results are as follows:


  • Produced, signed and dated by a “Qualified Appraiser” based on the evaluation guidelines.

  • Includes, but is not limited to, property, conditions, value dates, terms of commitment agreements, appraisers’ qualifications, descriptions of methods and value bases used to determine value.

  • Does not mean a prohibited evaluation guidelines fee.


In general, if the assessment follows the “Uniform Rules for Professional Assessment Practices” developed by the Evaluation Foundation's Evaluation Standards Committee, the assessment is considered eligible.


When looking for an appraiser, simply use a “qualified appraiser”. According to the definition of the US Internal Revenue Service, this is a person who has been accredited from a recognized professional organization to demonstrate his proficiency in property valuation. In addition, qualified assessors regularly prepare their assessments for compensation and demonstrate verifiable education and experience in assessing the type of property being assessed.


Required Information and documentation for an appraiser

The appraiser must know the manufacturer, model, serial number, and age of the device. This information can usually be found on the board connected to the device. Most importantly, it will be visible; however, sometimes locating the board can be complicated. For example, the restaurant team occasionally has a protective board that covers the information board. The machine can connect the board in a compartment or near the engine, while others may not. If the machine does not have a plate, it is useful if the owner has an original manual or a sales invoice that should contain most of the information.


The appraiser also needs to know the situation, special features and updates. The important questions to remember are:


  • Is it working well?

  • Have you ever overhauled or do you need to repair?

  • Is it maintained according to the manufacturer's specifications? The appraiser can ask to view maintenance records or ask for attachments or special updates.

  • Has your software been updated?


The appraiser will evaluate and photograph each piece of equipment. If this is not possible, the evaluator will indicate in the report which devices are not visually inspected and will explain that they depend on the representation of similar machine conditions and other relevant information.

Steps involved in equipment valuation

An important aspect of team assessment is to ensure that your information is current and accurate. That's why we take precise steps in all equipment assessment tasks, including:


  • Identify the assets to be valued.

  • Set the evaluation date of the evaluation device.

  • Define the purpose of the assessment team.

  • Identify appropriate concepts and methods for use during the assessment.

  • Select the type of equipment valuation report that will be provided

  • Check the availability of data and information.

  • Determine the type of valuation study to be completed.


The first step in machine and equipment evaluation is to determine which technical assets will be evaluated. These technical assets may include machinery, accessories, furniture, computer equipment and networks, office and telecommunications equipment, vehicles, equipment appraisal services, and more. The team's valuation is not limited to a single device. The assessment can be used to determine the value of the production line, complete operational installation or multiple operating facilities.


The bottom line

You need to be as good as possible. Reputation and credentials, as well as the resumes of mechanical and equipment appraisal, illustrate the quality of work that customers should expect. You must also consider the ability and willingness of the appraiser to defend your opinion in court before the US Internal Revenue Service or the buyer's representative.