Hiring an investigator can feel a little awkward and strange. You may be in an uncomfortable situation and want to confirm facts before making a rash decision, or you may be looking for one on the recommendation of your lawyer. Whatever the facts may be, choosing a good investigation firm can make the difference between feeling comfortable with the situation, or feeling awful.
When it comes time for you to hire an investigation firm, here are a few tips to help you get a reputable firm:
Ask for references
Most firms are glad to give you references, and you can learn a lot through checking in with other customers to see what their experience is like. If an investigation firm is unwilling or unable to give you a reference, there’s probably a good reason why.
Find out if they are licensed and insured
Most investigation firms need a license in order to operate. If they don’t have a license it may be for a good reason—such as the license was taken away from them, or they know they won’t be able to get one. While insurance may or may not be required depending on your state, it shows a level of thoughtfulness in case things go wrong, and is a great recommendation for a company. It may be worthwhile to check your local state regulations and find out what is required for an investigation firm, in order to determine whether the people you are looking at are legitimate or not.
Always ask for a consultation first
A consultation is a great way to meet up with the company and get a feel for how they work. This is important when you are trusting them with a private piece of your business. During a consultation the investigators will learn more about what you want them to do, and confirm whether or not they can do it.
Getting a private investigator may be important to your future well being. It makes sense to choose one you can trust to get the job done with a minimum of fuss. You’ll feel better once you are on the road to getting your problems sorted out, knowing you can trust your investigation firm to do a solid job of getting you answers.