It is almost impossible to calculate the exact amount you need to start building something. There are always certain things that you are unaware of, that pop-up in the middle of the project requiring quick solutions. As in any other business, app developers also have problems like this. Luckily, there are some common hidden costs that we are aware of, that can minimize the level of unpleasant surprise once you start developing your app.

What Are the Hidden Costs?

So, when you first meet the team that will be developing your app, you will first discuss the features for your future product. According to that, developers will calculate an approximate number of hours required for the implementation of functionality and tell you the amount of money you need to invest in the app. Of course, the final sum will be calculated at the end, based on corrections and additions.

There are some major expenses that are included in your project separately. That being said, let’s take a look at some of them, so you can know what to expect.

Functionality based on third-party services or platforms

In most cases, the price of app development includes just the main functionalities. Most additions bring more expenses with them. So, if you want to implement different features that include paid third party services, for example, you will have to pay additionally. That can be compensated on a monthly or annual basis, depending on the agreement.

Some of those additional services include push notifications, SMS notifications, email newsletter, etc. and their price may vary.

Aside from that, you need to keep in mind integration with APIs. They are one of the most important things in modern applications because they can provide user authorization and many other things. So, if a company releases an update you will have to keep up with it. In that case, you’ll need developers again and that calls for new unexpected expenses again. That’s why we advise you to add this to your total budget as soon as you start with development.

Possible Additions And Corrections

Most companies are client-oriented and they will make unique and customized apps for everyone. On the other hand, you won’t always be able to follow every step of the development, therefore you might want to change something once everything is done.

Of course, all those changes will cost you more and when it comes to this part, you can never tell what is the amount of money you need to set aside for corrections.

Frameworks, tools, and libraries

If you want to have a good and efficient developer toolset you can find it for free. Once you start, you don’t have to purchase full licenses, but later on, you will probably have to make certain payments. There are some services that may oblige you to make periodical payments if you wish to keep them operational in your product. It’s hard to tell what is the exact amount, but depending on the complexity of your project, sometimes that sum can be more than $1000.

App Store Fees

When you make an agreement with the developer company, they won’t think about app store fees. It’s your responsibility to calculate the amount of money you need to set aside for that. The good thing is that all those fees are usually very small and they are billed on an annual basis.

Technical Support Costs

Since technology is constantly changing, you will probably need to do specific changes to your app from time to time. All of that requires technical support from the company that builds your app, and in most cases, you need to pay that separately each time you require help.



As you can see, there are some costs that are easy to predict and calculate. Building an app is not an easy job and it shouldn’t be done quickly. Therefore, take your time and investigate every detail regarding development and you will be able to calculate the final sum.

If you need help developing your app, our West Palm Beach app developers are always available.

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