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Owner Builders

When you act as owner-builder in a permit it's because you want to save some money in the project you are working on.

But, it's quite difficult to get information and know every step you have to take in order to finish your project.

Search Before U Buy can assist you in getting the information you may need so you can finish your project as easy and fast as possible.

Some of the services that we can provide to you are the following:

Obtain Microfilm Records:

We schedule and attend the appointment to get any microfilm records you may need for a SFR, townhouse, duplex, or condo.

Some of the records that can be obtained in microfilm include: original set of plans from when the property was built (also called blueprints), additions, expired permits, certified copies of plans (sometimes used to replace a lost set of plans), etc.

Our staff holds several years of experience performing this service, therefore, you will save time and get better results by hiring us instead of doing it yourself. We know exactly what to ask for.

According to what you may need, we will make sure of the following:

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

Obtain CPP Plans:

With the new permit application process called CPP, the applicant has to submit the plans with a CD and after the permit is approved, the applicant has to download the approved plans with the watermark from the web page of the building department.

But many applicants (Contractors and Owner-Builders) have difficulty downloading these records, don't print the complete set, print more than necessary, or cannot print in a bigger size than 8.5"x11".

We can save you time, money and frustration by downloading the complete set of approved plans with the watermark and print the plans in sizes 8.5"x11", 11"x17", and 24"x36".

Referral Services

For the past several years, we have worked with different Contractors, Subcontractors, Engineers, Architects, Surveyors, and other professionals from the construction field in Miami-Dade County.

We already know which ones are really pr

ofessional and have selected those who can provide an excellent and affordable service.

We can refer to you the right professional according to your needs so you can be completely satisfied with your project. 


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





Other Services:



Hire us by hour to perform any search-related service

 $      60.00


CPP plans for Residential Property (not including printing)

 $      50.00


CPP plan printed in 8.5"x11" per page

 $        0.20


CPP plan printed in 11"x17" per page

 $        0.50


CPP plan printed in 24"x36" per page

 $        2.00


Referral Services

 No charge





Additional fees:



Scan results and send them by e-mail

 No charge


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



Deliver results by courier

 $      30.00





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