FAQs

Q What is 40 Year.com?

A We are a full service licensed and registered professional engineering company with a specialty practice in 40 Year building inspections and other building evaluations.  We have 60 years of Professional Engineering experience, 18 years of Recertification inspections, and have inspected more than 1,000 buildings for Recertification, including condominiums, apartment buildings, factories, warehouses, offices, retail, restaurants, schools, churches, and more.

Q Is an inspection mandatory?

A Yes.  Ordinances in Miami Dade and Broward Counties require this inspection.

Q Could I be exempt?

A Single family and duplex buildings are exempt as well as certain minor buildings as defined by the ordinances.  If you feel that your building is exempt, we can help with the exemption.

Q Why hire an engineer?

A The ordinances specify that only licensed engineers and architects may conduct the inspection.  The training of engineers is broader and may protect the property owner from unnecessary expense.

Q What if I do not have the inspection?

A If the inspection and recertification are not provided, the Unsafe Structures Boards in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties are empowered to levy fines, revoke the certificate of occupancy, vacate the building, and even demolish the building in the most severe circumstances.

Q What exactly is this?

A The inspection is to ensure that the building is safe and intact.  We will evaluate the building structure and its electrical system.  Both Miami-Dade and Broward Counties publish minimum guidelines which specify the areas which must be inspected.  The inspector is also required to identify any other area of potential safety hazard.  A report of the inspection is then written and it is certified under State of Florida License.

Q Why have I not heard about this before?

A Most building owners and many professional managers are unaware of the law because it only applies to buildings of 40 years of age and older.  It is incumbent on the Property Owner to acquire this initial 40 year recertification whether a notice has been sent or not.   Even after 40 years, recertification is required at 10 year intervals.

Q What if there is damage to the building?

A It is our practice to report any defects to the building owner before issuing the final report.  In this way, the owner has an opportunity to correct the defect before sending the report to the County.  We always provide a clear explanation of any defects we have discovered so that the owner can take effective action to correct a problem.  Unfortunately, many other inspectors immediately write a final report in technical language and do not communicate with the owner about corrective action.

Q Do I have to bring the building to current codes?

A Generally no.  The purpose of the inspection is to ensure that the building is intact in its original design.  However, there are a few retroactive codes such as the parking lighting requirement in Miami-Dade County.  We are very knowledgeable in these matters and will not cause you to do anything which is not strictly required for safety or specific code compliance.

Q What do I do?

A The ordinances require that you hire a qualified inspector.  That’s us.

Q What is your fee?

A Please call us for a free quotation.  Fees are dependent on the size and other characteristics of the building.  We have inspected more than 1,000 buildings and offer a fair price based on extensive experience.  Many other firms are priced at much higher levels. Some lone practitioners offer lower fees, but are much less experienced, offer less service, and could cost more in the end.  We frequently are called upon to re-inspect buildings after an unsatisfactory experience with other inspections.

Q How do I select an engineer for my inspection?

A Select us. We are experienced.  We satisfy the Building Departments.  We protect your interests.  Our service is prompt and communication is clear.  Our fees are fair and reasonable.