Please call for an exact quote on your specific case. Our Retainer fees depend on the complexity of your case and hours needed.
How Much Does a Private Investigator Cost?
Q: How much does a Private Investigator charge?
A: The cost of a private investigator depends on the service needed and the investigator. Prices for private investigators are usually measure by the hour. FREE QUOTE FORM Most other Private Investigators charge anywhere from $75 to $300 an hour- However, our fees are lower, the retainer will depend on complexity of your case. It is crucial to make sure you hire a qualified and experienced private investigator not the cheapest. We are reasonably priced for our high level of experience and the quality of service that you will receive, please call for your tailored quote.
Hiring a private investigator is like hiring any other professional service contractor like attorneys and any other specialty professional. Our rates are very reasonable, our hourly rates are still lower than most- because, helping you is our main goal. Our PI's get paid from an agreed-upon hourly rate for the hours worked and within your budget, The work paid is for hours worked and not the outcome.
Some fees like a simple background check or easily performed action that takes less hours can be lower and can be negotiated, please call for that fee..
We have been approached with this question before and some other companies in other fields can work on a contingency basis but we cannot do so, not in the State of Colorado
Even if you find a better “deal” at another agency doesn't mean you will get the best, most thorough results and may even be throwing your money away.
We will bill an hourly fee and any out of pocket expenses (hotels, airfare at cost), search fees, etc. There are never any hidden or surprise fees that you may find with other companies, everything is laid out in the contract. We always bill from a retainer (money provided up front) and we will never exceed that retainer amount without your approval first.
Other Private Investigator Costs-
One of the first questions potential clients want to know is: How much does a private investigator cost?
Private Investigators work from hourly fees which are usually deducted from a retainer that is determined upon initial contact and is based on the complexity of your case.
Hiring a private investigator is much like hiring a professional service provider like a lawyer, accountant or a marketing consultant. Hourly rates are the most common fee arrangement. A professional service provider gets paid an agreed-upon hourly rate for the hours worked and within an agreed upon budget.
You are hiring somebody who has spent years acquiring the education, licensing and knowledge so you don’t have to. Hourly rates are the most common fee arrangement. A private investigator gets paid an agreed-upon hourly rate for the hours worked and within an agreed upon budget. These agreements specify a scope of work and expected (but not guaranteed) results.
Note: Investigators Do NOT work on Contingency Fees.
It is always good to know that like most things, you will find a wide cost range with investigators based on location, specialty or the complexity. However, beware of comparing one provider with another on the basis of fees alone. The lowest hourly fees may not indicate the best value; an inexperienced professional may take twice as long to complete a project as an experienced one will and you may not get the results you are looking for. A thorough, comprehensive, realistic, ethical investigation is what you should be looking for; not a cheap, partial or illegal one.
Our billing is simple, fair, and competitive. We bill an hourly fee, out of pocket expenses (hotels, airfare at cost), search fees, etc. There are never any hidden or surprise fees that you may find with other companies. We will never exceed that retainer amount without your approval first, so there will never be any surprises or hidden charges in the end and we will perform our investigations in the most cost-effective way for our clients. While utilizing our experience and knowledge of private investigations, we can usually bring our cases to a close much faster than our competition, saving you money in the long run.
What is Your Budget?
One of the first questions we are going to ask you is “what is your budget.” It tends to make people nervous, but it’s really meant to get a sense of what type of solutions that are within your range. If you have a complex matter or you are trying to find someone you haven’t seen in 42 years and only have a budget for a few hundred dollars, that’s okay. But it’s better to be up front and honest with you that you are probably not going to get where you need to be. That doesn’t help either of us.
For more information and to speak to someone directly, Please fill out our Contact Form and we will get back to you, or feel free to call us at (303)522-4898.