Certified Appraisals

Certified, USPAP Compliant Appraisals

A Certified Machinery and Equipment Appraiser (CMEA) is experienced in collecting, substantiating, reporting and determining a value that is consistent with USPAP (Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice). USPAP, promulgated by the Appraisal Foundation and Congress, is an authoritative source for appraisals.

If the appraisal report you obtain is not USPAP compliant, it is not a “qualified” appraisal prepared by a “qualified” appraiser pursuant to the Council of Foundations, IRS or others.

A CMEA meets and exceeds the experience and training requirements of many governing authorities. A CMEA’s certified report is a reliable, irrefutable and defensible report that holds up to scrutiny with the U.S. Small Business Administration, IRS, courts, CPA’s attorneys and others. Relying on a non-certified report can expose you to increased costs, liability, risk and an unsubstantiated equipment appraisal.


Achieve Synergy of Service

Get the expertise of a Certified Machinery & Equipment Appraiser who upholds the regulations, ethics and appraisal of procedures of the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) while utilizing the same service provider for time-consuming tasks related to machinery.


If you can answer “Yes” to any of these situations, you are in need of an Independent Certified Machinery And Equipment Appraisal By A Qualified Appraiser Preparing A Qualified Appraisal.

  • Is there a chance that your machinery or equipment loans are under-collateralized?
  • Are you becoming more “asset minded” due to cash flow and economic times?
  • Do you need to know the value of machinery or equipment to secure existing loans?
  • Repossession inevitable?
  • Does the equipment “really” exist?
  • Do you have an experienced professional who has a national market of buyers that can turn a repossessed item into cash? Is it time to liquidate?
  • Do you need logistics, refurbishment services, buyer liaison, etc.

Machinery & Equipment Services Group can handle it all for you!


An accurate, substantiated, irrefutable and defensible value of machinery and equipment can be of help to you and your client. Here are just a few of the ways:

  • Loans / Leases • Property Taxes • Insurable Value
  • Divorce • Converting from C To S Corp • Cost Segregation
  • Taxes • 1031 Exchanges • Trust Agreements
  • Buy / Sell Agreements • Estate Planning • Bankruptcy
  • Retirement Planning • Partnership Dissolution • Strategic Planning
  • Litigation Support • GASB 34 • Sarbanes-Oxley
  • Collateral • Gifting

You don’t want your client’s divorce or partnership dissolution to exclude the value of the machinery and equipment because the opposing counsel will no doubt have a “Certified” Machinery and Equipment Appraisal to rely upon. A Certified Machinery & Equipment Appraiser’s professional credentials will withstand a Daubert challenge. You don’t want to rely on something other than a Certified Machinery & Equipment Appraisal. An accurate, irrefutable, defensible value of the equipment is the only solution! See Miscellaneous Services.



  1. Converting from C To S Corp – A CPA typically requires an appraisal of the assets.
  2. 1031 Exchanges – One of the best kept secrets of the IRS. Assets require a valuation for a like-kind exchange.
  3. ESOPS – Initial appraisals must start out with accurate values of tangible assets such as machinery/equipment. Book value is usually not accurate.
  4. Valuations – Book value is probably not accurate and usually different from Fair Market Value. If the machinery/equipment is not valued properly, the entire business valuation is skewed. Lots of risk and liability!
  5. Gifting – Requires an appraisal of the items becoming a gift.
  6. Estate Planning – Trusts and Wills require a value of the items.
  7. Liquidations – How do you effectively and profitably liquidate the assets?
  8. Sarbanes-Oxley – Tangible assets must be valued and substantiated.
  9. Buy/Sell Agreements – Partners need to know at the outset how machinery and equipment values will be determined.
  10. Financing – Establishes collateral value. The lender will need to have a Certified Machinery and Equipment Appraisal.
  11. Cost Segregation – Equipment values need to be substantiated.
  12. Divorces – The division of property will require an accurate, substantiated value by the court.
  13. Property Taxes – An excellent tool to prepare for a governmental authority to reduce and substantiate equipment values or substantiate the equipment is no longer owned by your client.
  14. Partnership Dissolution – The partners are splitting the sheets and a total equipment value will be required.
  15. IRS – The Pension Protection Act of 2006 requires a substantiated and certified equipment appraisal of the equipment.