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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What does a private investigator do?

First and foremost, good private investigators follow laws. Unlike on TV, they don’t break in windows or hack into hospital computer systems to get you intel. When you hire a private investigator, you’re hiring a professional to gather facts and find information for you. Although they can’t obtain certain information (such as health records), they do have access to information that most civilians do not. Often private investigators are hired to perform surveillance or background checks or investigate cases such as adultery, child custody, missing persons, hidden assets, or debugging, and theft or other crimes.

Private investigators can be hired to interview people and provide that information to the client, perform photo or video surveillance, monitor activity at a location where you suspect criminal activities or questionable behavior, track a person’s movements, find missing people, do deep-dive background checks, and more. Private investigation can be helpful if you’re trying to get a court order but need evidence. Private investigators can also help find birth parents. Nationally, the average price range for private investigation is $70-$210 per hour.

What does a private investigator cost?

Private investigation isn’t just for blockbuster action movies. Hiring a private investigator can help in all kinds of situations ranging from finding a birth parent to improving personal security. Nationally, the average price range for private investigation is $70-$210, although pricing often hovers between $40 and $100 depending on the complexity of the services you need. Where you live in the country will affect your costs for private investigation; larger cities have higher business overhead and a higher cost of living, which in turn means higher service rates. The complexity of your case can also affect cost. A basic background check may have a flat rate, while hiring a private investigator to help with your child custody case may require more legwork and research, and therefore cost more. Some private investigators work on retainer. A retainer is essentially a nonrefundable deposit you pay to the professional — meaning you have retained their services — who then works against that amount. Here are some examples of average private investigation costs:

  • Hourly rate: $60-$70; costs can vary based on current fuel prices.
  • Flat rate: $100 for comprehensive background investigation services.
  • Retainer: $1,500 minimum retainer required by some pros before starting work.

Why do people hire private investigators?

Not sure if you should hire a private investigator (PI) for your situation? Here are some common reasons why people hire PIs:

  • To perform background checks
  • To conduct surveillance
  • To investigate and confirm infidelity 
  • To locate assets
  • To gather evidence for trials
  • And more

To find out if hiring a private investigator is the right route to take, contact a few local PIs. Ask them about the services they offer (and how much they charge).

How do you find a private investigator?

You can find a private investigator on Thumbtack. Use the filtering tool to identify a PI who offers the services you need (e.g., background checks, surveillance, etc.), and you’ll see a list of top-rated PIs in your area.

Reviews for Phoenix private investigators
Thumbtack Customer
Jason has been in contact with me from the start and we have worked closely together to ensure I get what I need for my inevitable court case. He is professional, personable, and definitely highly qualified. He also is reasonably priced. I would recommend Jason for any private investigation needs.
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Jenn P.
This was the first time I needed professionals to help me with a very private and delicate situation. Jason and Kathy were very knowledgeable about how to take care of my particular needs. They demonstrated a high level of professionalism while remaining empathetic towards me. They provided me with the information I needed and surpassed my expectations! I recommend Urban Spy to anyone in need of professional investigation.
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Sarah L.
Hey that's helped me when I had nowhere else to turn I happened upon looking for private investigators to help with a civil case that I have no idea what to do not only that aint help you with the paperwork heats only step-by-step what order and things need to be done and then in fact even did the legwork for me she find out where the person was discern it is a tremendous value I recommend them to anybody and everybody I know who could ever possibly need any assistance in any Investigative work. I can honestly say that he was the light at the end of the tunnel that I mean it in the darkest days those having and he had helped me more than I can ever expect in any one person in this case to ever helped if you 1 value do you want some iconic series fonts you and I mean within an hour my phone call he was there with concern in general questions With thought andcare for the case of This kiss and everything she has tawny he has continued in my confidant in this manner and I'll keep him in play as long as I am alive and Arizona thank you Jason you are truly an amazing worker I am very grateful fear help in this extremely sensitive manner thank youGive up that great work for the little guys like me. Best person I've had the pleasure of speaking with. When the odds where stacked against me, he leveled the intimidation big Corp had layed on me..
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