What is a private investigator?
A private investigator, also known as a PI, is someone that is hired to undertake an investigation or provide information to their client.
Who hires private investigators?
Short answer. Everyone! Individuals, Attorneys, Businesses, Corporations, even local government.
How much does a private investigator cost?
We charge a flat fee for certain services
Some of these basic services includes things such as background checks, research work, and specialized equipment such as GPS units. Other services that commonly are charged a flat fee include:
- identifying a cell phone number
- vehicle registration search
- criminal record search
- “bug sweeps” of home or car
- GPS monitoring
- And more
We also have an hourly rate
Hourly rates vary based on where the investigation is located, the difficulty of the investigation, and whether or not we will need the assistance of other private investigators.
Our base hourly rate is $75 per hour. Also, there are additional fees such as mileage expenses @ $0.50 per mile.
Do we require a deposit or retainer in addition to the private investigator fees?
We require a retainer or deposit to be applied against fees for services rendered and expenses. The following factors help to determine the deposit amount:
- travel involved
- airline/hotel costs
- estimated number of surveillance hours