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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 Scottsdale private investigators
Thumbtack Customer
As you can see from Mr. Yeager's reply regarding my review of him, he is NOT someone you can trust. For a private investigator to disclose private and personal correspondence to the public?? Think twice about hiring this man. I have a case against him for a breach of Privacy!! "Seraph" means angel, I can assure you that Mr. Yeager is anything but and in fact the complete opposite. I told him he was "fired" but he doesn't get it. He has been harassing me and bullying me! It has been a complete nightmare dealing with this man. I actually fear for my life.
SERAPH Problem SolvingSERAPH Problem Solving
Thumbtack Customer
I asked Curtis for help regarding a complicated private matter. He understood my requests and although they couldn't be met, for now because of legalities, he offered me sound advice and even did some background checks, that he didn't charge me for. I had spoken to 4 different investigators, who were ready to take my case, but Curtis was right, the info I was looking for could not be obtained legally, court order needed, and my lawyer seconded that. He did not waste my time or my money, pretending to be able to do something he couldn't or give me info I couldn't use. He put me at ease, gave fantastic advice and when the time comes, because it will, I will be calling Curtis to have him do the job for me! No dancing around the bush with him. He was honest, his prices are honest and I was more than highly satisfied. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND calling him for your purposes.
Curtis Moore InvestigationCurtis Moore Investigation
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