As most parents acknowledge, it takes a considerable investment of time to find the right private school for their child. Many prefer a hands-on approach and do the necessary research themselves. Depending on the time and resources you have available and the confidence and comfort you have in working through information and choices on your own, this might work for you. Other parents opt to call on an educational consultant. Some find it helpful to do the preliminary work, and then hire a consultant; others seek out a consultant right from the start. If you have particular needs related to your child, it might be more effective and efficient to involve a consultant who's familiar with the private school landscape. If you think there's a possibility you might hire a consultant, find out what they do, the benefits, cost, etc. earlier rather than later in your research.