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FAQ: How much does it cost to hire a Private Investigator in Vancouver BC?

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How much does it cost to hire a Private Investigator in Vancouver BC?


There is no one size or “price” fits all Private Investigators, Firms or Scenarios!


​The best answer to this question of “how much” is like many other services. You get what you pay for! In the Private Investigation industry there are firms that are a “one person” companies. Rates for some of these types of firms might be lower as they generally don’t have higher costs and no employees.



Firms that are more established and experienced might cost a little more, due to paying their Investigators professionally and also have a higher cost of doing business. Why is this an important distinction.


Price or Costs are always important and real factors for people and companies alike. However, when hiring a Private Investigator, you should first be focused on working with the right Firm. The outcome to any investigation is largely determined by 1 investigator at the Firm. It also depends on what services are required for the assignment.

So, with everything riding on 1 investigator it's vitally important to choose the best Firm and Investigator for your needs and requirement.


Similar to Lawyers, Doctors and Accountants you will see a large range of cost per hour and the overall fee structure. Why? The answer is skills, experience and track record. The more proficient the level of expertise, the more value will (in this explanation) be placed on the service.


Normally when someone is looking at hiring a Private Investigator, they are looking for a very specific and highly unique set of skills, that are very hard to acquire. Results, Outcomes and client Expectations will be directly proportional (in general) to the fees or hourly rate.


Rates: most private investigation firms charge an hourly rate for travel & investigation and a per kilometer/mile rate, report writing, video editing and reimbursement of expenses.


Professional Firms: utilizing Investigators with 10,000 + hours of highly valuable expertise & experience


$75 per hour to $120 per investigative hour and travel related time (depending on the services required)


One-person Investigator Firms:


​$50 to $85 - per investigative hour and travel related time (depending on the services required)


Hiring a Private Investigator is an investment by the client, in the firms and its investigators abilities, experiences and expertise. Your expectations as a client should be measured in relation to the fees and overall cost you are willing to pay and the results you should expect.

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