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Pearson and Associates
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  • 24 years in business
Susan C.
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My interaction with Michele was so positive. Thou she was not able to do the legal work I needed she referred me to someone and then went on to give me much need advise and encouragement.She really gave me back my belief in mankind for after spending days trying to get help ..She gave that and much more.


C&S Paranormal Investigations (CSPI) is a team consisting of professional, honest and dedicated people who are truly devoted to paranormal research as well as their clients' well-being. CSPI flourishes with professional investigations and the most up-to-date paranormal research techniques. Our investigators examine all the evidence and look for natural or electronic explanations before characterizing anything as paranormal. CSPI is here to collect evidence, document activities and preserve the findings of any paranormal phenomenon at any location, whether it be a personal residence, business, church, library or historical site. Our services are 100% free.

  • 23 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack

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Anything paranormal (touch, sound, etc.), we can help! We are currently a one-man team only available from Friday to Sunday.


You ask the question, and regardless of the nature of the inquiry or the dimension it pertains to, we have the answer.

  • 4 years in business

I work on investigations, cheating spouses, child custody, theft, all criminal, process service, polygraphs, missing persons, etc. I also provide armed bodyguard services. I have excellent hand to hand combat skills as well as evasive driving skills.

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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.
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