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What price for an aerial installation?

What prices have you been quoted and paid for an aerial installation?

What prices have you been quoted and paid for an aerial install
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In responses to the guideline I posted about how much having a new aerial fitted should cost, Ian Grice posted: "£40-£50? Every aerial fitter I contacted wants at least £150+VAT considering you can get a class 3 aerial for under £10 and a class 2 for under £15 and cable is 40p a metre why are they charging so much for 30 minutes work?"

OK, for some places putting up a TV aerial is hard work, such as multi-story properties. As many people will simply be exchanging a Group A, B, C/D, E or K aerial for a wideband type, often without changing the supporting pole or cable, a high price cannot be justified.

I am concerned that some companies will exploit vulnerable groups (such as the elderly).

So, I what prices have you been quoted for aerial installations? What price have you paid for installation?

Do you know of any companies to avoid? Do you know of any companies that are good value for money?

Or do you work for a great aerial installation company?

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Friday, 22 April 2011
5:54 PM


What is a reasonable price then?

When I moved house, I had several riggers around and they quoted me £250+ for an aerial setup. Sent them packing when they showed me the cheap aerials and mylar foil coax they normally use.

There are plenty of cowboys around.


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Dave's 2 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 26 April 2011
David Pickering

4:50 PM

There you go Dave I rest my case , In most situations you get what you pay for, But bare in mind that these riggers coming from another town are not going to do it for nothing, Either they are very short of work, or they are going to make a killing, thats why it always payes to stick to local known business that have been around for a very long time.
Remember it takes years of good trading to get a good name, but over night you can get a bad name by the tilt of a hat.
These boys working out of there local citys villages etc dont care because they come and go home, If thing get bad for them they just change there trading names, its been going on since the year dot in most trades.
Avon aerials of Bath

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David Pickering's 41 posts GB flag
Thursday, 28 April 2011

4:44 PM

Off topic but of interest.

Old lady opposite me locked herself out, she had a key but because she had left a key in the lock on the inside, the outside key wouldn't opperate. It one of these white replacement doors. She called a locksmith who quoted £100, she asked if there was any discount for an O.A.P., the answer was no. She had to give her debit card over the phone before they would call. This she did.

Last November she lost her husband suddenly so she is in a bit of a tiss.

I saw the guy arrive, he looked at the door, went to his van and got out a 'bar device' which fitted through the letterbox. The door was opened in about 90 seconds from his arrival. I heard him say 'I'll just do the paperwork' he went into the house with a clipboard. A few minutes later he was on his way. I timed him, 8 minutes and 42 seconds.

That works out at about £500 per hour and no risk to life or limb.

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Ian's 170 posts GB flag
Saturday, 30 April 2011
9:21 PM

I am looking for quotes for St Anne's, Bristol, which appears to be in a black hole when it comes to Freeview. I currently have no TV at all, having had to bring down both (rather rubbish) aerials when the chimney stacks were being re-rendered.

I've only had one quote so far, which was for a new wide gain aerial (apparently with some fancy self-adjusting booster which could stop boosting when Mendip comes back up to full power next year?), lashed to chimney stack on 1930s house, satellite grade cable, new TV point to lounge and either new point or new wiring to existing point in dining room. The aluminium pole I already have was to be reused. Quote: £290 + VAT.

If that's indicative of what it costs to pick up free to air channels, I'll get Freesat. It'll cost less.

I'm waiting for a couple of neighbours to get back to me with recommendations for other quotes. Anyone else in the area had indicative quotes for that sort of work?

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Elaine's 2 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 3 May 2011
anne pennery
3:30 PM

I bought an new tv earlier this year, & found that it won`t work on an indoor arial. I got a free estimate from one firm, & they said I would have to pay £130 for an outdoor arial to be installed. I`m on benefits, so this is a tall order. I already owe a credit union money for buying the tv, can I get it done cheaper anywhere else?

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anne pennery's 1 post GB flag
Wednesday, 4 May 2011

8:52 PM

anne pennery: If you have access, you can self-install an external aerial. You can get aerials from about £12 - Buy Philex SLX 14DW TV Aerial at - Your Online Shop for Television aerials and boosters.

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Briantist's 38,899 posts GB flag

8:54 PM

Elaine: I would go for Freesat.

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Briantist's 38,899 posts GB flag
Saturday, 14 May 2011
p timmins
8:40 AM

you chaps are spot on .iv'e noticed this goverment oap help scheme 40 pounds install .the company that got the contract are avc .they are not proper aerial riggers .match stick makers candle lighters .they go around sticking the cheapest crap aerials up on existing 20 year old bracketry.isn't it amazing there installing for the elderly .they actuallythink a professional company is coming round .these guys are the shit end of sky install .cant clip coax .cant drill properly seal holes .how do they get around a aerial install on a stack with a 20 ft steel mast.remember the aerial has to be fitted .this is a skilled job job and some 1 will get hurt .for 40 notes i don.t think so oh yeh by the way these are blokes that work in your house but cant drill an internall wall or go in the loft .bullshit public liabillity is public liabillity hmmmm.

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p timmins's 1 post GB flag
Mark Aberfan Aerials

2:29 PM

Hi p timmins,

No decent rigger in their right mind would work for the rates offered by dso contracts, we are still clearing up after them here in Wales, another thing we keep finding is freeview boxes fitted to tv sets with built in freeview, when I questioned about this I got told they dont get paid unless they fit something & the box is the quickest & easiest thing to fit !

Mark Aberfan Aerials

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Mark Aberfan Aerials's 1,059 posts GB flag
Joe Croft
4:48 PM

AA,Aerials Swansea , the guy who said it takes half an hour to fit an aerial is kidding himself , what about the travelling to and from the job , quite often you end up taking old aerials down , then in the the house you end up moving furniture around and in the loft moving there junk they stored up there over the years , the customer takes all this for granted

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Joe Croft's 2 posts GB flag
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