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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, 20 January 2013
Andrew Brown

6:59 PM

Hi Janine, I would say that that was at the top end of the scale but still within a reasonable price (for my area anyway) did the guy run all new cables to the rooms or were they already there?



AB Satellite and Aerial Installation

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Andrew Brown's 57 posts GB flag
Stephen P

7:57 PM

Janine - this very informative website is Sheffield based. Bit late now!

A.T.V (Aerials And Television) TV Aerial, DAB Aerial, FM Aerial.

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Stephen P's 1,173 posts GB flag
Monday, 21 January 2013
12:33 AM

@andrew brown
I think he did run new cables. My mum is 75 and gets panicked easily and agreed to the installation without consulting me, she was only suppose to be getting a quote. Spoke to the guy who fitted it and asked to break down what he'd done. Just didn't like the thought of her being took advantage of. But if it's a reasonable price then it sort of puts my mind at ease. Just wish she would've waited for me or at least got a few more quotes.

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Janine's 2 posts GB flag
Thursday, 24 January 2013
Andrew Brown

11:13 PM

It's always good to get a few quotes unless the person has been recommended to you by friends or family. Do you remember what he said when you asked him to break it down? It all depends on the type and quality of the products that he has supplied/installed


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Andrew Brown's 57 posts GB flag
Friday, 25 January 2013

7:57 PM

Good comment Andrew
Problem is most customers dont know the difference between good coaxial cable and the inferior type.
And aerial wise just because something is bench marked, doesn't mean its the best
All it means is the manufacture paid CIA to have there stamp put on it which in turn the customers paying for.
Brackets, I use all fully galvanized, but the average customer wouldnt know the difference between brushed galvanized, or even bog standard painted until it started to rust out.
What I would advise to any public here is make sure the dealer is local, IE you know for sure where his premises are because these days you cannot go by just a phone code, make sure they are well established.
Recommendation is excellent as long as the person who is giving it is well known to you.
Lastly but certainly not the least make sure you get at least a 2 year guarantee parts and labour in writing.
If they cant give you 2 years then alarm bells should be ringing because a good quality outside aerial system should last 35-40 years.


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Dave's 41 posts GB flag

9:53 PM

good advice Dave

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NICK ADSL UK's 38 posts GB flag
Sunday, 27 January 2013
Andrew Brown

8:00 PM

Dave: I completely agree, a lot of the benchmarked aerials that I see are absolutely rubbish! Poor build quality and poor strength but as you said the manufacturer has paid to get it benchmarked. Now it's completely different when it comes to cable benchmarked cable is all that should be used.
Also a little research goes a long way forearmed is forewarned!

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Andrew Brown's 57 posts GB flag
Sunday, 10 February 2013

1:18 PM

God give me strength I gave a price to a customer last week it was for a mrz 20 aerial going into a 4 way splitter, ( we are in a very good reception area) , rx12 aerial, 9" bracket and lashing, 32mm mast and 5 coax leads total cost £196 not a bad price for him. What I should have asked him was does he a rubbish job, I went passed today and saw what he had up 2 rx12 aerials must be going to 5 points 1" mast but worst of all a SSB ( self supporting bracket). What makes this even worse is that here in bickerstaffe we are very exposed and high up from my front bedroom window I can see mount snowden in Wales so wind load is always very high. I try to do a good job for a fair price and get undercut by a cowboy.

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Mazbar's 384 posts GB flag
Andrew Brown

5:30 PM

Mazbar: This happens to me all the time. I give fair prices to everyone but then someone else comes along and undercuts and does shoddy work. (Aerials on plastic fascia boards with loft brackets anyone?)
What people don't realise is how dangerous our job can be. "you've only got to run up on the roof" I frequently hear! If it was that easy then you would be up there I feel like saying!

Anyway mate the cowboys always get found out with the good installers lasting for years!

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Andrew Brown's 57 posts GB flag

5:35 PM

Mazbar: Well if this persons aerial is installed as you have described in an area noted for high wind, then its maybe on the cards that come the next storm you may well receive call out of desperation with this person willing to pay anything to have the problem sorted out, the cowboy installer not being contactable.

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