There is no standard fee when it comes to hiring a private detective. There are some private investigators who offer their services at a relatively affordable services while there are others who require you to pay a premium for their services.
There are several reasons why a particular PI will want to charge you extra for your case or situation. The reasons are because the PI could be spending a long time trying to solve your case, your case could be very complicated and in other times your case would require him or her to use equipment that he doesn’t currently poses and the PI might need to borrow or rent it. Here is a guide to know what it entail in hiring a private investigator in the UK.
Cheap Private Investigators
There are some private investigators who are out there who are pocket-friendly. In that, they would take your case and wouldn’t charge you so much in order to provide you with their service. They do this because they are either new to the field of being a PI and are trying to make a name for themselves or they know the cases intimately and they know it won’t take long to solve. For example if the PI is used to looking at marital cases, s/he knows what to look at in order to solve the case. Other reasons, why some private investigators are cheaper than others, is that they love the job and want to genuinely provide the services and the PI won’t require a lot of equipment to solve the case. A word of caution, cheap investigators could turn out to be more costly in the end.
Private Investigator Hourly Wage
To know how much you will be paying for the services you should know how much the hourly wage is. There are parts in the UK where the hourly wage is higher for a PI for example in London and at the same time there are places where the hourly wage is lower. Getting to determine how much the hourly wage will be, will give you a gross assumption on how much you will be charged. This is more prominent in private detective business in which the PI is the sole earner like in start-up companies.
Fees Involved In Hiring A Private Investigator
There are certain fees that are included in a case that you would be asked to cover. There is the standard or base rate in which you would be asked to pay for the services. In addition to this fee, there other fees that you will be told to pay and they include mileage the PI covers when investigating a case, the meals they are forced to eat when surveying a subject and any out of town costs that the PI will be forced to incur. When these fees are added together then you will get to know the full cost of the investigation. Some of these fees are paid before and after the case has been solved.