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According to Darren Main, the owner of the site, this kind of analysis was quite necessary for the industry. "There are lots of anecdotes online written by people who had positive and negative experiences with these companies. We've decided to take a more scientific approach and separate out a few Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) under which we would compare these companies and rank them accordingly"
There are basically 2 types of background check providers: the "available for all" providers where you don't have to obtain someone's permission in order to do a check on him. This is convenient if people are interested in learning more about a future spouse before marrying him/her, a potential boyfriend or a girlfriend before they decide to get into a serious relationship and so on.
On the other hand, there are companies which sole purpose is to do employment checks. These are for people someone had no previous contact with and want to learn more before deciding whether to hire them for a sensitive job position, such as a nanny. There are even specialized companies that offer screening services for nanny, and Darren Main mentioned they are going to cover them at a future date.
"Before deciding to do this research, we looked at almost all available sites doing background check reviews. Most of them were simply lacking any objective, credible evidence on why they have chosen that particular companies for their #1 spot. It was like they were in some way affiliated with the company or were owned by that company themselves!. What we tried to do here is to provide unbiased opinion and data which can be verified on the spot. For example, you can always go to the Better Business Bureau official website and check if the company mentioned has the grade mentioned on our site.", said Mr. Main.
The packages those companies have vary and can range from $10 up to $500, depending on the type of background search report people ask for. If it's for employment, the price of the package can vary depending on how comprehensive the report is.
Some people search reports, where consumers get only the address and the phone of the person they're interested in can range as low as $1. You need to be aware, however, of the potential catches, in order to get that huge discount, people are required to enroll into a membership trial where they are billed weekly or monthly unless they cancel. It so happens that many people forget to cancel and as a result of the previous agreement, are not eligible to receive a refund. This practice has been proven to be bad for the companies reputation in the past so they put very clear disclaimers nowadays so you are perfectly aware what you're getting into.
One of the big things that distinguishes a good from a bad company is its age. Mr. Main says that they're not relying on the assumption that older = good, but on the fact that as the company gets older, its true nature goes on the surface, witnessing numerous third party reviews from users on its reputability and reliability. As a rule of thumb, the company should be more than 2 years old if people plan to deal with them, is the recommendation Mr. Main provides to anyone trying to purchase an investigation report.