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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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Comments
Tuesday, 14 August 2012
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Stephen P
sentiment_satisfiedGold

10:07 AM

Still worth trying an inside aerial - especially if you can return it if no use!

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Friday, 17 August 2012
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Lucie Cocker
2:49 PM

Hi,

We have just moved into a property in the LS6 postcode and are having trouble with our television...

On the outside of the building is a line from a satelite dish and a line jointly from external aerial and a virgin line coming in. I don't have Sky or Virgin and just want to be able to get enough signal to be able to make the freeview work. None of the sockets coming into the house work when plugged in and an internal aerial is barely strong enough and often unwatchable.

What would you recommend that i do and do you have an idea of the price bracket in which i should aim for quotes?

Many Thanks

Lucie Cocker

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Thursday, 23 August 2012
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Peter Silvestro
3:49 AM

Hello,
I have just been charged £201 for an inside arial.Tomorrow he is coming with a box which he said was needed to install the arial and all points to each T.V. in my home, this is another charge of £50. I feel I am being stung, I am an 80 year old man. Is this not very expencive for an arial?

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Ian
sentiment_satisfiedSilver

10:10 AM

Peter, it does seem a lot to me but what has he actually done for the money?

Although I would avoid putting an aerial in the loft, I know others don't. They have their standards and I have mine.

Is the aerial properly mounted on a Mast and Bracket? Has he had to run all the cables to the other rooms?

How long was he at your property working?

How was the 'contract' between you and him formed?

A 'contract' being more than likely a verbal telephone call.

Did he quote you any prices over the telephone or did he just turn up and say;

(a) You need xyz and it will cost you £201
(b) he fitted the kit and then said,'that's £201'?
(b) have you given him any money already?

There are regulations which cover the consumer in this type of case, and if he didn't comply, he could be in trouble with Trading Standards.

Before you pay him any money, ask for a written detailed receipt of exactly what has been fitted.

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Ian's 170 posts GB
Wednesday, 29 August 2012
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Shelley
3:14 PM

I live in the SG4 area which is Chilterns area and already run my tv off sky. My aerial is broken apparently and i need a new one. Got quoted £240 for a new one and to run a cable into my front bedroom directly below the aerial. Anyone know anyone in my area or an advice please.

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Stephen P
sentiment_satisfiedGold

6:40 PM

Shelley are you using SATELLITE tv with a dish, or TERRESTIAL tv with a pointy aerial?

If the latter, does it point north or south?

Either way, £240 seems steep. Where did you get the quote from?


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Stephen P's 1,172 posts GB
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Stephen P
sentiment_satisfiedGold

6:41 PM

Peter Silvestro - anything happening?

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Wednesday, 5 September 2012
KB Aerials
sentiment_satisfiedSilver

11:11 PM

seems a bit steep to me too
I charge £120 in Sheffield -

so that other £120 is sheeer profit not bad for an hours work (ok hour and half if its tricky )


Keith

KB Aerials

Sheffield

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Tuesday, 25 September 2012
AB Satellite and Aerial Installation
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

11:35 PM

Just a few words of advice from someone who has only been in this game 6 years but has managed to build a successful business within a small community (The Royal Forest of Dean)
Aerial installs all differ and so the price will differ,if you are unsure get more than quote and compare. Ask your neighbors, family and friends what they paid.
Some installers are honest others are not, you need to find someone who is recommended.
They don't always have to be accredited as I have found there to be just as many rogues and rip off merchants who are accredited!
Careful when buying anything from Argos, B&Q etc they are likely to be "bacofoil" (flimsy) aerials with a J (loft) bracket that says it can be put outside. (It can it just won't last very long)
Also be careful when purchasing benchmarked aerials, just because they are benchmarked does not make them any more rugged or well built than the "bacofoil" aerials it just means that a manufacturer has paid for the aerial to be tested and they have passed a performance test. (Some of the larger Triax aerials are testament to this, excellent aerial in terms of performance, crap in terms of build quality)
If you can use a log periodic aerial use a log periodic.
Loft aerials are perfectly acceptable as long as they are installed correctly, I have installed hundreds with no complaints.
Benchmarked cable is the only way to go, WF100 CT100 etc anything else and your just wasting your time.
Don't use J(loft) brackets on the fascia boards! especially with a 52 element Triax aerial attached to it! Affix a C bracket or even better some T&K brackets with at least a 1.25in mast.
Like I said this is (more than just a few now!) words of advice that you can choose to use or ignore it's up to you!

Forest of Dean and Surrounding areas
07919022679


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AB Satellite and Aerial Installation
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

11:42 PM

Oh and one more thing just in case anyone else was wondering and I am sure anyone visiting this site will already know....................
There is NO such thing as a "DIGITAL" Aerial!
There are better quality aerials yes but new aerials are just aerials!

Andy

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