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Miami-Dade County's Property Appraisal's Office registers all additions and improvements of a property no matter if they were done with or without permit.

They adjust the new square footage of the property according with the new additions and increase the taxes. Owners pay more taxes but, if the addition was done without a permit, it's still a violation an eventually the current owner or any future buyer will be penalized.

When you are requested to make an appraisal, you cannot give credit for an illegal addition or improvement.

Unfortunately it's quite difficult for you to know if an addition or improvement done more than 20 years ago had a permit or not, specially if previous owners have paid taxes since then.

It would be necessary to compare the databases of the Property Appraisal and Building Department, search for microfilm records and look for changes in the original square feet. You could spend a lot of time finding out all this information and will not receive the fair compensation.

Search Before U Buy can assist you in finding this information. We have these services available for you, so you can request whatever you need, from a microfilm only to a complete search.

Get Microfilm Records Only:

We schedule and attend the appointment to get any microfilm records for a single family residence, townhouse, duplex, condo, warehouse, office building, multifamily, or any other commercial or industrial property.

It could be records of when the property was originally built, additions, renovations or alterations, expired permits, find out if an interior remodel like a mezzanine or 2nd floor was done with or without permit, etc.

Because our staff holds several years of experience performing this service they know exactly what to ask for, therefore your clients will save time and get better results by hiring us instead of doing it themselves.

We will make sure of the following:

  • Pre-search each address before scheduling the appointment to avoid unnecessary search fees.
  • Obtain the right plans for the property.
  • A complete and thorough search that is performed by the microfilm technician.
  • Copies that are printed as clear and legible as possible.
  • Avoid paying for unnecessary copies.

Collect and Gather All Construction History Information:

There is other information you might need in addition to microfilm records like:

  • All property's permit history.
  • Existing open and expired permits.
  • Existing violation cases.
  • Existing penalties and liens to pay.
  • In commercial properties confirm if interior renovations like mezzanines, 2nd floors, elevators, office partitions, etc. have been done with permit or not.
  • Any other specific information.

Get Tax Records:

Sometimes (Not in all properties) it's necessary to get the tax cards, known also as building jackets, to confirm if an addition/improvement was built with or without a permit. This could save thousands of dollars to the new owner!

How to order:

We offer four options:

  1. On-Line: You can order on-line through our secure web site. Internet orders take priority over faxed, e-mail or phone orders.
  2. Fax: You can print the Search Request Form directly from our web site, fill it out and send it by fax at 1-888-202-5969. Our staff will process the payment and then will start the service.
  3. E-mail: You can also send us an e-mail to Info@SearchBeforeUBuy.comwith the complete contact, service and payment information.
  4. Phone: You can order by calling us at 1-888-202-5969 Ext. 1. Please be sure to have ready the complete contact, service and payment information.

Turnaround Time:

Depending of the specific service you may need we can deliver the results from 1 to 2 business days for residential properties and from 1 to 3 business days for commercial properties.

Delivery Method:

We can deliver your results in a PDF file by e-mail first and then by U.S. mail. If you need the original documentation sooner, we can deliver your results by courier. (Extra fee applies).

Our Services and fees:

Below you will see a partial price list, if you have any question or want to receive more information, please contact us by e-mail to or calling at 1-888-202-5969

Search Prices for Residential Properties:



Get microfilm records only

 $       50.00


Collect and gather all construction history information

 $     100.00


Get Tax records

 $     100.00





Search Prices for Commercial Properties:



Get Microfilm records only

 $    150.00


Collect and gather all construction history information

 $    150.00


Get Tax records

 $    200.00





Other Services:



Hire us by hour to perform any search-related service

 $      60.00


Deliver results by courier

 $      30.00


Deliver results by U.S. mail (First class, priority, certified, etc.)



Scan results and send them by e-mail

 No charge





Additional Miami-Dade County Fees:



Microfilm appointment and CPP request after 30 days



Microfilm copy per page



Microfilm certified copy per page




Do you know somebody who had bought a residential or commercial property and after some time has been penalized because of a violation left by the previous owner? Let us know at: info@search