How much does it cost to build a private investigation app?

Standard price for a private investigation app: $30,000

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What is a private investigation app?

A private investigation application is a web, mobile, or desktop application that enables users to search for and find people. Private investigators use the app to identify potential targets for investigations. The app may offer various features such as reverse-lookup phone numbers or missing persons reports.

Private investigation apps are similar to collaboration apps, which are also used for team projects, group planning, and other purposes. One of the best examples of a private investigation app is Instamapper.

Here are some recent private investigation app examples built with Crowdbotics:

  • Private investigation platform that enables clients to easily manage their cases.

What is the typical cost to build a private investigation app?

A private investigation app usually costs $30,000 to build. However, the total cost can be as low as $20,000 or as high as $40,000. A private investigation app with a low number of features (also known as a "minimum viable product", or MVP) will be more affordable than an app that includes all intended functionality.

For example, here are some recent private investigation app price quotes from Crowdbotics:

  • $30,000

How long does it take to build a private investigation app?

A private investigation app usually takes 400 hours to build. However, a private investigation app can be built in as few as 267 hours, or in as many as 533 hours. The exact timeline mostly depends on how complicated your app is. As a general rule, it will take longer if you require highly custom designs, niche features, or non-standard release platforms.

For example, the most recent private investigation apps built with Crowdbotics received the following hourly estimates:

  • 533

How to successfully grow your private investigation application

A private investigation app can grow by adding features that are attractive to existing users. Two common strategies for growing private investigation apps are including more locations and adding more service options. With these strategies, the app will provide value to existing users while also increasing its product awareness.

Risks and challenges of building a private investigation application

An investigative app can face legal issues related to the handling of customer information, and compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and SOX. Apps that monitor employee activity and communications in a corporate environment are required to have explicit consent from all users prior to monitoring or recording. If your app requires consent, you will want to consider including consent-gathering mechanisms in the on-boarding process of your app.

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