When looking for a private investigator, it is only natural for you to want to know how much it is likely to cost you.
As Insight knows all too well, there is no such thing as a “typical” investigation, which means that sadly there is in most circumstances no so-called ‘flat-rate’ for these types of services.
Every private investigator is unique, and whilst many of the techniques and processes they carry out are similar, every case is ultimately different.
We have analysed several Private Investigator and Detective companies throughout the U.K, and from our findings we are able to bring you a guide to the current approximate costs for Private Investigator services.
Private Investigator fees can vary depending on the company, and it’s important to find one that you trust, not just one that offers the cheapest rates. You are paying for time and expertise, and more than often, an experienced investigator will typically charge more per hour, but will usually complete the job in less time.
It is also likely that extra fees incurred such as mileage and other job expenses will be added on to the original asking price, however, at Insight Investigate, our fees are fully inclusive of all job expenses.
- Surveillance fees are typically from £55 per hour although they can range up to the extreme of £150 per hour.
- Tracing people will typically cost around £150 to £350
- Background Checks are usually £55-£95 per hour, depending on the complexity.
- RTA and Incident Plans are typically around £200
Here’s the full list of prices:
Private Investigator Price List
You should be aware that the following figures are simply guidelines as to what you might expect to pay when engaging a Private Investigator and every firm and every case will be different. All the first companies we spoke to were happy to provide fees estimates upfront, so don’t forget to ask for this when you call.
Private Detective Costs
If you don’t choose the right investigation agency first time, the total cost of hiring a private investigator can be pricey. This is because many agencies provide you with a quote, which turns out to be a basic price with additional costs that are incurred over the course of the investigation; such as mileage and minor disbursements.
Here at Insight, we are completely transparent when we provide you with a quote for our private investigation services. Our prices are fully inclusive of all expenses, that are reflective of the nature of your enquiry.
We believe in giving you value for money from the initial point of contact. Each investigation is different, even if the principles of the investigation are ultimately the same. When you contact us with your enquiry, we are happy to share with you our years of experience and knowledge on the best way to approach your case, in order to get to the truth of your problem.
Insight’s fully inclusive pricing includes:
– Minor Disbursements [This could be costs of a beverage or similar that is justified by the need for an investigator to be in a bar/ coffee house or similar circumstances. This would not include the scenario of our investigator having to book a 1st class flight to New York on a surveillance enquiry, but it does cover the basics.]
– Agent’s travel time [To and from the starting location of the operation]
– Mileage [Except in exceptional circumstances]
– Client Reporting [Written or Digital or Verbal]
– Client Liaison [This covers all telephone conversations you may have with us and email correspondence]
– All Set-Up Fees
Insights hourly charges are based on the complexity of an enquiry and the level of investigation that will be required in order to bring it to a successful conclusion.
Typically, some agencies will quote lower than Insight do, however, we advise that you query any quote that you receive, to ensure that you are only expected to pay that figure and that there will be no hidden costs.
At Insight, we provide you with a fully inclusive price, plus VAT.
If you are looking for a better firm to investigate a matter for you, you should generally expect to pay slightly higher prices, and make sure to ask for all professional accreditations and bodies before asking the company to work for you. That way, you know you’re dealing with professionals, who will handle your case in the right way.
An important factor to consider when hiring a Private Investigator is how do you pay. Make sure you choose an Investigation Agency that offers various forms of payment and not just bank transfers, or handing over cash.
For further insight into the cost of an investigation, please call one of our experienced team who will be able to explain the costs in more detail. Call us now on 0800 144 8149.
**Prices were obtained in a blind sample during early 2016 and revised early in 2017, 2018 and 2019 however they may be subject to change at any point. All prices will be subject to VAT at the prevailing rate if the firm you use is VAT registered.