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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.

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 Atlanta investigators
Glenn J.
Still Pending Investigation
SERAPH Problem SolvingSERAPH Problem Solving
Morgan G.
Excellent job of finding what I needed. Completed the work in a day and the results were spot on. Kelly Private Investigation will definitely solve whatever it is you’re looking for!
Kelly Private InvestigationsKelly Private Investigations
Jennifer H.
Solved It Investigations helped me solve a problem that seemed insurmountable. Communication was swift and professional. I could not have asked for a better experience and recommend them highly.
🏆 Solved It Investigations🏆 Solved It Investigations
Thumbtack Customer
Great job! I've never used a private investigator before and had no idea what to expect. If my attorney had not recommended that I hire one, I would have never thought of it. It was very interesting to see how they worked. I actually have them working on another project for my company now. Very satisfied.
Black Spear IntelligenceBlack Spear Intelligence
Thumbtack Customer
I completed a request on Thumbtack for a PI to help find my runaway daughter. Investigator McPhilamy was the first to respond and she was extremely helpful in advising us. She was quick to follow up on leads and worked in step with the local police. She has followed up since then to see how she was doing. Very caring and professional!
Complete Investigations & Security, Inc.Complete Investigations & Security, Inc.
Jason L.
Mr. Bowden was an absolute pleasure to work with. He is very professional, polite, knowledgeable, attentive, and obviously very passionate about his work. I will definitely go to him again for any future needs and would recommend him to anyone else needing investigative work- he will make absolute certain that your needs are met and questions are answered!
The Bowden Group & Associates LLCThe Bowden Group & Associates LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Hiring Curtis Moore was the best decision I could have made regarding my search quest. I researched many professional, experienced Private Investigators, both online and locally, and chose Curtis as the best possible option from the 23 contenders. Now that I've experienced: his superior work ethic, his valuable insight in discerning my needs, his thoughtful follow-up call the day after I'd processed his investigation results and his incredibly prompt response-I have but one conclusion. *Curtis Moore walks on water.* This is your choice, People. It is impossible that so many glowing reviews from his clients can't lead you to desiring the same peace of mind and spirit which he will offer you. I'm incredibly grateful to have crossed paths with him via this site. Believing for the best for all who enlist his services as well. Thank you so much, Curtis. You rock!
Curtis Moore InvestigationCurtis Moore Investigation
Thumbtack Customer
This is my first experience working with a private investigator and I didn't know what to expect. Mr. Thomas has performed his services in a very professional and efficient manner but he also has gone above and beyond by showing he cares and that he's not just here to collect money. I have every confidence that he is dedicated to resolving my case as quickly as possible. I also like the fact that he does exactly what he says he will do.
Black Spear IntelligenceBlack Spear Intelligence
Thumbtack Customer
I was very disappointed. I needed information for a court process. We discussed on the phone We met. She assured me she would get right on it and took the fee amount. She promised to be in touch within 2-days needed a week to investigate. Over a week later, I called her. She apologized. A week later i emailed her--She assured me in email that she was on top of it. several days later i reminded her I needed the information yesterday. She had excuses and was on Surveillance and didn't have time. She promised to get on it. A week after that I left message. She called back and apologized and said "check is in the mail for full refund". that was about a month ago. No check no nothing. I was ripped. She cost me valuable time for my case and should not have taken the case. that was 50 days ago. Now it is under investigation with my CC company for full refund for no service. And it hurt my case for needed information. My recommendation is skip this company and save yourself a big disappointment..
Complete Investigations & Security, Inc.Complete Investigations & Security, Inc.
Morgan L.
I can not recommend Amanda enough! I needed to hire a PI to help with my parents divorce case and it was super helpful. Amanda is extremely knowledgeable, consultative, realistic, reliable, detail-oriented and above all provides an excellent service. I sent Amanda a message at 9pm one night hoping that she would be able to start investigating the next day… LUCKILY Amanda promptly responded. We came up with a game plan and she was off! Without having evidence from Amanda that showed adultery, my dad would’ve been taken to the cleaners. We had Amanda follow on two different occasions providing us with all the necessary documentation. She gave us videos, hour by hour written updates. Truly just unbelievable. I have already recommended Amanda to others :) 10/10!
Amanda P.I.Amanda P.I.
Leah T.
I was looking to hire someone to do a complete background check on an individual. I told him I pulled one online and it was incomplete because I know offenses that are not disclosed. He told me he could pull a report using a database that is only available to private investigators and law-enforcement. He said the report will include all criminal activity and warrants nationwide besides juvenile offenses. I got the report back and it is the same info as the $20 I got online the night before. It was missing multiple charges from different cities. He gave me many excuses as to why they may not be showing up. All are invalid. I sent him an email with documented proof of the offenses and to show him that his excuses were not valid, and his reply to me was he made no promises and all sales are final. I do have documentated proof of what he said he would deliver and did not. He has deceptive business practices.
Det. Scott Meyers with Savy InvestigationsDet. Scott Meyers with Savy Investigations
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