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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).

Reviews for Greenville private investigators
Amanda W.
David and his team at Nalley Private Investigations LLC were amazing to work with. I was looking to make contact with a lost family member, and had some basic info about them and their last known location. I appreciated their responsiveness and constant communication, I definitely felt like they listened to me and were sensitive to my particular situation. I was surprised at how quickly they were able to find additional information that lead to contacting my lost family member, it took them only a few days before they were able to make a result for me. My overall experience was excellent, I can't name a single thing I was dissatisfied with. The pricing was very reasonably and competitive, David was quick to respond to emails and questions, and they have a highly ethical outlook on respecting privacy. I highly recommend Nalley Private Investigations LLC, I feel like they went above and beyond to help me.
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Sherri B.
Mister McNalley spent 2 hours with me explaining everything to me and patiently answering all my questions and concerns. I felt I was dealing with someone very professional, who had integrity, and genuinely cared. I was clueless about the whole business of Private Investigation and he provided much insight which gave me much comfort and put my mind at ease. I was very impressed with the way he does business and the use of leading edge technology. I also felt he was very honest and trustworthy. Thank-you very much Mister McNalley.
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