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What is the Cost of Hiring a Private Investigator?

One of the first questions that follow when you decide to engage a private investigator is how much it costs to hire one? As you can imagine, there aren’t any standard prices in this business. However, several criteria determine the fees you’ll have to pay if you want to benefit from a private investigator’s services.

So, let’s find out how much the cost of hiring a private investigator is and what you should do to be sure you’re paying the right price.

The cost depends on your needs from the private investigator

Some people need private investigators for the usual tasks, like surveillance, pre-matrimonial investigation, employee issues, or background checks. These are among the essential services provided by a private investigator. You can expect to pay less for them than for more complicated matters, like financial fraud investigationsasset investigations, or customized investigations that involve creative solutions to your problems.

Private investigators offer a wide range of services for both individuals and companies, so it’s only natural for them to have a wide range of fees.

We usually charge hourly fees…

Most private investigators charge an hourly rate; after all, they are consultants. Hourly fees are common, especially for surveillance assignments that can run for hours, days, or even weeks. The private investigator will be paid for the number of hours worked.

However, it’s recommended to agree upon a budget for the private investigator to work within that range.

To give you an idea of our hourly rates, our fees start from as little as from £50/hour including some expenses. 

…but flat rates and contingency fees can be an option

If it appears that the investigation is complex and potentially lengthy, we are happy to provide a one off fee, this w

ay the client is able to make informed decisions on how much they want to spend and what they will get in return.


As private investigators we require an initial payment, the deposit. The deposit is previously established based on the amount of work needed to be carried out by the investigator.

Once the enquiry is completed, the balance of the agreed fee is paid in full.

Hiring a PI is Well Worth the Cost

Private investigators can bring peace of mind, answers to nagging questions, and clear solutions to problems you thought were not possible. Hiring the right private investigator is paramount to ensuring you are getting honest, effective and legal advice. It is really important to ask questions of the people you are engaging with.

Currently in the UK the Police have shifted their focus into other areas and fail to investigate a whole host of issues and crimes including some serious offences. Although not armed with the same powers as the police, effective private investigators can often fill the void left by police inactivity.

That’s why more and more people are turning to private investigators.  If you were wondering about the cost of a private investigator, but you are still not sure if you need one, ccontact us today, we are more than happy to help.



Our private investigators are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If your matter is of a personal nature please advise us how and when you wish us to contact you.

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