What to Look for When Hiring a Private Investigator

In order to become a private investigator, an individual must complete many hours of training for certification.  A licensed investigator is a true professional that possesses very specialized skills.  While there are unqualified people out there who call themselves “private investigators,” the smart consumer should take time to do some research to locate an effective and professional p.i.

Keep in mind that there are different licensing standards in each state for private investigators.  For example, in North Carolina, you have to be licensed by the Private Protective Services Board.  This organization issues each investigator a license as proof of certification.  No matter what state you live in, there are similar requirements.

Before you reveal confidential information to an investigator, take some time talk with him about his experience and credentials.  A true professional should have no problem providing certifications and proof of the training he has received.  If an investigator claims to have expertise in a specific service, be sure that he has the documentation to justify his claim.

When choosing a private investigator, you want to know exactly what kinds of services he will provide.  Be sure that all surveillance is well documented should you need it later for a court proceeding.  A good investigator has a keen attention to detail.  This characteristic allows him to make discoveries that may not be obvious to the average person.  Concise and complete documentation allows the client to understand what facts the investigator is basing his conclusions on.

Be sure that you have clear information concerning the costs associated with the services.  He should provide you with a written contract that is easy to understand.  Any retainers required as well as an hourly rate should be clearly documented.  Sometimes and investigator can give you an estimate for a specific service.  It is imperative that you have a clear understanding of the contract and billing to ensure that you receive the services you require at the price you expect.

Graves Investigations of Greensboro, NC is a team of licensed and trained private investigators that assist clients in High Point, Winston-Salem, Raleigh, Durham, and surrounding areas with a variety of services.  Contact us for a free consultation or call 1-877-638-8254 for more information.

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