Private Investigator Cost – How Much Does it Cost ?
Cost Factors Discussed
Today we will discuss the typical cost and rates involved when making use of Investigation Services or using the services of a Effective Private Investigator and Detective Agency.
The are many factors and planning that goes into our Private Investigation services to conduct effective Private Investigations. Lets say you have an urgent matter to Investigate but you are unsure and may be wondering what the cost will be to conduct the Private Investigation. In South Africa, Private Investigator rates vary by location and the type of services they specialize in.
Private Investigators and Detectives with extensive experience and training, expect to pay a higher rate. Many Private Investigators offer a free initial consultation. Use this to discuss your case. Note that some will demand a consultation fee and some may need a retainer before they even meet with you.
There are many Private Investigators who will quote you a flat rates for certain basic services such as Surveillance, background checks, identifying a cell phone number, criminal record search and vehicle registration searches.
In South Africa you can be sure that the Private Investigators will charge you an hourly rate and the rate may vary based on where the private investigator is located, the difficulty of the investigation, and whether the private investigator will need the help of other private investigators.
Throughout the country, i have seen fees range from approximately R550.00 to R1500.00 per hour. There are also extra fees attached to the hourly rate. Example of addition is fuel expenses, usually around R4.00 per km's and parking fees R16.00 per hour in the city.
If your mandate requires the help of another private investigator's services the hourly rate may increase . Be prepared as many private investigators need a retainer or deposit to be paid upfront for services.
Retainer or deposit fees is are dependent on the type of service. For example, murder investigations may need a deposit of R35000.00 while an infidelity case may need a deposit of up to R15000.00. Criminal defense work may need a retainer of R50000.00
Typical Rates and Service Can Include
Hours required for surveillance
Effective Investigation Services
Have you decided on a Professional Private Investigator to work your case? Talk to us so that we can discus the cost and rates of your Investigation. During our service the private investigator will keep a record of his/her activities. On completion of the task the Private Investigator will hand over your Investigative Report containing all the work and information.