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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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Saturday, 25 May 2013
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nick
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10:28 AM

yes Ian the CAI were no good at all and yes the company install was done by you know who but as i said my very good friend their had retired when my install took place and i know in my heart having used him personally many times in the past all would have been well

So at the end of the day i paid £550 only to have to have it all ripped out after 2 years because of picture glitch

i then paid the experts at Avensys Ltd £250 and have been glitch free ever since with a full Televes set up and as i say it's been spot on from say one and being in the loft nice and neat

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Sunday, 26 May 2013
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Steve P
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1:40 AM

Well Nick at least you have managed to get the cost reduced £100 from one post here to another.

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nick
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11:46 AM

yes Steve
as i said above it took a couple of years to get that £100 from the original payment of £650 but i wont be using or recommending this top Sussex company again as their way to expensive

they charge £45 for a twin connector aerial feed socket you know the the one in which put into your aerial socket so that you can then feed your tv a signal in the lounge and then feeds the upstairs bedrooms

so you can see how the original bill ended up at £650

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Monday, 27 May 2013
Ron Lake
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1:24 PM

£650 is bloody scandalous even on the posh wealthy south coast. My view is that this page needs more promotion, particularly the last few posts, you haven't named the scam Co. so there's nothing they can do, and Avensys aren't going to be annoyed when you are praising them. A little bit more publicity and the scammers will soon be out of business. Shame your friend retired and let this noodle take charge. He has now ruined a good quality business by sheer greed.

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nick
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6:41 PM

indeed Ron and what was worse was before avensys ripped it all out they tried to sort it out by comong round to the house but the warranty was out so that cost me another £55 plus vat

so all in all i paid £653-30 for the original install plus £64-63 for the second charge and after complaining to the CAI who thought the charges were correct for a first class top of the range install

But i persisted with my complaint to the owner of the business and got £100 back so all in all i paid as per my invoices £717-93 minus £100 = 617-93

i then had to pay for a full install with freesat with Avensys £250

the breakdown on the original invoice was as follows
1x XG14A £180 PLUS VAT
1X HIGAIN MASTHEAD AMP PLUS POINT £140 PLUS VAT
1X 5 ELEMENT DAB £110 PLUS VAT
1X TV/DAB COMBINER £38 PLUS VAT
1X 1403 DISTRIBUTION UNIT £88 PLUS VAT

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Tuesday, 28 May 2013
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Ian
3:22 PM

Nick, from the parts list I would think that it was installed thus:

XG14 UHF aerial, followed by the Masthead Amp, then the combiner to combine the DAB with the UHF signal, then into the 1403 'Distribution Unit'???

I think it was more like a Kubler 1403, 3 way splitter, which retail for about £8

Calling it a 'distribution unit' is just 'biging' the product up, being as most distribution units (or distribution amplifiers as they are getter known) are mains powered.

A clever use of words to confuse the consumer, if it was called a 3 way splitter you might question the price charged for it.

If on the otherhand they combined UHF & DAB then amplified it before the splitter, I'm not at all surprised that the Muxes broke up. The TV tuners would have been swamped with DAB signal which would have had a terrible effect on the Digital C/N levels.

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nick
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4:32 PM

I'm unsure Ian of the configuration that the engineer used but as you say it was wrong
the Televes is used by Avensys themselves and their set up in the shop is very complicated to say the least

the main thing it meets my approval and the guy doing the work very good highlighting that the key when installing in the loft is to take your time and make sure that the signal to noise ratios are under 60 DB and that any amp is shielded and not to over the top with the boosting

we found a nice spot in the loft which gives me 100% for quality of signal on my Panasonic plasma VT42 and touch wood it's never glitched once since the install barring the changeover of course when we had no signal at all

once that was over and everyone at crystal palace stopped fiddling around everything was then fine

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Thursday, 6 June 2013
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adam
12:06 PM

hi all i am thinking of starting my own business but not sure on what prices to stary at . i have done my course with a cai instutor if any one can help that would be great

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Friday, 7 June 2013
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anna
12:10 AM

Hi,
I am looking for somebody to help with my aerial in Rochdale area ( I will need a new kit on a roof). I checked Google and found just one advert with landline number. I read your comments about big companies and would like to give a job for small business with good knowledge and price around 100£ - Anybody could recommend a good tradesman please? If I am in wrong place please let me know how to look for real installer, who will not rip off, but not a 40£ businessman :).

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Steve P
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11:15 AM

There's a man called Mazaar or similar posts here from Ormskirk.

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