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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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Sunday, 26 June 2011
KB Aerials Sheffield
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11:56 AM

Mark, Mazbar, - yep i think Ian can understand now - thanks for backing me up I missed the "ten weeks training~" -ive been doing this 10 years on my own and have a bckground in the industry going back to when I was 14 so thats 22 years in total - I am still coming up against things that I haven't seen before and have to overcome - one person put it aptly - aerial installation is a black art no 2 jobs are the same - i tell my customers when they are moving into a new build when they ask why has the housing company not installed an aerial - they install gas water and electricity- all these can be guaranteed that they will be on site and work - the one thing they cannot guarantee is if an aerial will work - will those trees block the satellite signal or cause interference with the transmission of the uhf signal - thats why new houses don't have an aerial as standard - its just about the only thing you don't get when you move in - that and a bed!

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KB Aerials Sheffield's 274 posts GB
Tuesday, 28 June 2011
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Ian
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11:12 PM

Ian, being as you would be purchasing the kit I guess that you will be marking it up and taking the profit. So I guess that if a customer was to buy everything required for a re-wire you'd be happy just to charge a daily or hourly rate and in the meantime
loose other jobs where you could be making a profit. Yes of course you would....not. Can't blame any good rigger for wanting top money for fitting somebody else's kit, but if you were to come to me I'd send you on your way. You keep to sparking and I'll keep to aerials and satellite.

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Ian's 170 posts GB
Wednesday, 29 June 2011
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(my van stock)
10:43 PM

@ Ian (the electric contractor)
I think that the prices asked were right. I would say at least £800. I have done recently a 4 flats communal system and I have charged £400 for the labour and the kit was bought by the contractor. What happened? Before starting the work I have sent the contractor with half of the materials back and he brought what I have asked and I have told him if he wants to do others jobs like this with him to let me buying the stuff. and I almost forgot: if you think that after a 10 weeks course you can do a communal system why you do not go for that?
regards

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(my van stock)'s 4 posts GB
Thursday, 30 June 2011
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Ian
5:58 AM

Thanks all for your comments,
I suppose your all right in some way as we are all out to earn a living, we can wire a hse in a day as we are highly skilled in what we do!
We don't use that scenario to ask for more money per day though, any install we do in your field we use the correct materials for best results.
We do the new hses and wire internally and leave cables in loft but most developers don't ask for aerials as they have bad experiences with the costs so
purchasers take this on when they move in.
After your comments I take onboard and think as a company should get involved with the switch over as we have the skills to do the installs but lack the knowledge of what the meter is saying maybe it will become more clear after the course.

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Ian's 20 posts GB
Sunday, 3 July 2011
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Craig P
10:40 AM

I would Personally Say that for an average Freeview Antenna Installation you should be looking at approx £100 (which includes a good quality digital Aerial, mast / pole and associated braket's and cabling) this is based upon the average time of approx 1.5 hrs work.

Obviously in some extenuating circumstances the install may be "difficult" due to position and / or customer requirement's but it is rare that this should cause a great ammount of price variation.

So All in All I would say that the average price people should be looking at is £100 (inc VAT) for a standard install.

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Craig P's 3 posts GB
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Ian
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11:03 PM

I was reading your post Craig and then you wrote 'Digital Aerial', it was at this point I realised that you don't know what you are talking about and are therefore are talking out of your backside!

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Ian's 170 posts GB
Monday, 4 July 2011
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jb38
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8:45 AM

Ian; Surely Craig P's comment re "digital aerial" was simply a slip of the tongue, so to speak! as otherwise to that I thought that what he had said was representative of a fair minded person working for what can only be classed as a very modest profit.

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Nick Waring
6:43 PM

Aerial contractors wanted to do sub contract work in all areas.Hi guys im from www.wefitaerials.com we are looking for proffesional contractors to do aerial work in all areas,if your interested log onto our website & send us your details.

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Nick Waring's 3 posts GB
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Gary
7:54 PM

I am totally useless at these kind of techie things, I currently have Sky in 2 rooms and standard co-axle points in three other rooms.Can I use the spare ports at my Sky dish to run "Digital TV" connections to my other rooms.

Thanks for help, oh and I am in SW Scotland we are already past the DSO Date here!

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Gary's 1 post GB
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jb38
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8:48 PM

Gary: The spare LNB ports on your Sky dish can be used to feed points in other rooms provided its Freesat you are thinking about and NOT Freeview, that being terrestrial based and received via a normal aerial.

LNB ports are totally independent of each other, and can be used for a combination of Sky and Freesat.

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