03 Dec How much does a Private Investigator Cost?
How Much Does a Private Investigator Cost?
How much does a private investigator cost? Well, that is an excellent question. Private investigation in Australia is a fairly small industry sector, although it is still a competitive one. There are a number of small operators giving the impression that they are larger than they actually are, and a few unscrupulous operators as well. All private detectives are required to be licensed in their states of operation and this can be confirmed with a simple check of the licensing authority in the state of operation. When you finish with this post please make sure you go to our home page and check out our media videos by clicking on this link https://lipstickinvestigations.com.au/
So how much does a private investigator cost ??…….. There are a variety of diverse services we offer and each product can vary in cost depending on the number of hours, and expertise required. And to make things more unknown, most investigations don’t come with a fixed charge because we don’t know how long it will take to get the answers required……. think about it logically – it makes total sense. This is especially true for related investigations.
Nearly all spousal and relationship investigations today are solved by carrying out visual surveillance (following the subject) because this is one of the few legal directions we now have. Surveillance is charged at an hourly rate – not ‘per investigation’. It is a time-based exercise until the results come your way, although some customers do have a precise time frame that they need a private detective so they can work out what it will cost. For example, the partner may be going to a work Christmas party on a certain night or will be getting off a flight at a precise time. So the client will often know the exact venue and times they want their partner watched – they can pretty much lock in the cost because it is a one-off event and they will know the hours required. Of course, a private investigation can go the other side altogether with hours and days difficult to predict in the beginning.
How much does a private investigator cost as a guide?
Surveillance is charged at an hourly rate of $125 per operative used on the job. Some investigations need two or even more operatives and the costs rise consequently.
It can be difficult to calculate the typical outlay for a surveillance assignment but we would advise that somewhere in the vicinity of $1500 and $3000 would be quite standard. Many assignments come in at a lesser charge, and some can go way over this average as well.
We have solved problems for as little as $500, and some customers have spent well into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Our surveillance rate of $125 per hour is different from many agencies insomuch as it is a flat rate with everything included. One of our competitors advertises a rate of $80 per hour for his services, but a ‘4-hour package’ costs $550 once all the added costs are included.
A 4-hour surveillance investigation with Lipstick Investigations comes in cheaper at $500 because it is all-inclusive. We have done our best in this short article to tell you how much private investigator costs.
Other Methods of Investigation
Occasionally there may be another way to solve a personal relationship problem including background checks, general database inquiries, and computer, and mobile phone forensics. In these situations, we really have to discuss the circumstances of the issue and then we can work out how much it may cost to investigate these alternate directions. You may be pleasantly surprised that many matters may be cheaper than you would have imagined. Call us at any time on 1300 LIPSTICK and we are only too happy to tell you how much private investigator costs. That’s what we are here for.
As a general guide, an investigation such as locating someone like a debtor, a long-lost family member, or a business associate is usually solved for under $1000. Background checks vary depending on what you are trying to achieve, but an average cost comes in around $1650.
We also get all sorts of weird and wonderful inquiries which we can often help with and these sorts of private investigations can only be priced once we hear what is required, and what information you have to get us started. We do many simple assignments such as database research on persons, businesses, or property, and you may be surprised how cheap these types of investigation services can be – we are talking hundreds, not thousands.
Should you wish to contact us here at private investigator Sydney or Lipstick Investigations in Sydney or Brisbane, Gold Coast, or Tweed, please feel free to call us on 1300LIPSTICK, mobile on 0411 853 111 or email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org And remember, head to our home page to check out our media videos.