Background Checks

 How many times we have heard, "I wish we had known about that information before..."?
Before they hired him, before they rented to him, before they started dating him,
or before entered into a business relationship with him (or her)...

An ounce of prevention, to be sure, is worth not a pound of cure, but a ton of it when it comes to important business and personal decisions. Something as simple as a bad tenant can temporarily make your life a nightmare and cost thousands of uncollectable dollars, all due to the decision to save a hundred dollars or so taking a real look at his paper trail.

Multiply that cost exponentially when you are talking about an employee, business partner, or even a boyfriend/girlfriend/spouse.

What do we do? Yes, there are databases that only law enforcement, attorneys, licensed private investigators can access. And while some info, such as a criminal convictions record, may be clear in its meaning - other data requires a trained eye to see exactly what it is indicated by each address, business relationship, etc.

There are many companies who will do a "criminal check" for employers required to do so on the quick and cheap. But what you are usually getting is a county-wide check for felony convictions in the county or state where the person is being hired. An address history on the subject is never even considered. Maybe they have lived in New Jersey for a few years, and you get a nice recommendation from their last employer...  but an address history shows they lived in Florida and California for ten years before that. A subsequent check in those jurisdictions shows two drug convictions, a DUI, and three civil suits from car accidents.

Not only does being thorough with records mean real due diligence, when professional service means enough to a client - interviews, site-visits, contact with former landlords, ex-wives, etc., will really shine the light in any closet.

An ounce of prevention...