The lease buyout company has offered to provide a free “consultation” or “evaluation” of our site.

The lease buyout company has offered to provide a free “consultation” or “evaluation” of our site.

Should I consider getting it?

The old adage, “You get what you pay for,” is never truer than in this situation. The lease buyout companies prefer that you don’t contact a consultant who works solely for you, because you might find out the true value of your lease. So by calling their offer a “valuation”, the landowner might believe that they don’t need a separate paid valuation. Feel free to get an offer or even a free consultation from the lease buyout company, but don’t ever assume they are acting in your best interest. You would never let a person who is buying your house act as the appraiser as well, so don’t trust the lease buyout company to consult on the value of your lease unless you prefer to leave money on the table.