Calling around, checking websites, talking to attorneys, getting advice from friends are all ways of making that first step to hire a Private Investigator. One thing that will confuse you is the wide range of prices and fees. Some services could cost 3 times as much with one agency as compared to others. Why does this happen? There are a couple answers to that question.
First, the higher priced agency has higher reviews, higher ratings, more experience and is well trusted by the courts, attorneys, and other professional entities. They have earned that step on the ladder and their fees are fueled by the demand of their services. We call these “trusted” agencies.
Second example of a higher fee, your case will be subcontracted to a local agency, but you are discussing rates, fees, and services with an agency from the other side of the country. This dictates and demands a higher rate because two agencies are being fed from the proceeds of your case. This is usually the riskiest way to hire an agency for your needs because you have no idea what local agency was hired by the one you ended up calling in Texas, California, or New York. Let’s say, that company subcontracts the lowest rate in your area, your case may not go anywhere. These are questions that you need to ask.
Here in Ohio, we have seen rates for investigative services range from $50 to $150 an hour. Hiring a Private Investigator can end up being very expensive or very affordable. You should always take advantage of the free consultation that they all provide. That’s your chance to do your own “job interview”, here you can find out if they are local, what experience they have and most importantly, are they worthy of your trust. You can always verify you have a licensed and local Private Investigation and Security Guard Service provider by visiting the Ohio Department of Public Safety at:
All businesses can have wide ranging fees that are based on the provider’s demand, experience, and quality of work. Make smart choices, research what you can and find the investigator that cares about your case. He or she is out there.