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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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Thursday, 28 November 2013

8:22 PM

Jamie, very rarely are houses in London 'new build' with the cables already installed. What you are more likely to come across is an old 5+1 VHF aerial in the loft with the old 4mm standard cable connected to it. That cable isn't suitable for DTT. On top of that, traveling around London from job to job can sometimes be horrendous due to the high volume of traffic and take up a fair proportion of the working day, unlike the countryside of Havant.
To me when somebody asks for an install, everything gets replaced, we don't use any existing kit.

Take a look at this in Google Street Map:

Finchley Road, Golders Green:

Google Maps

Nothing but High Gain Aerials on 16' masts, and here we have a country bumpkin saying a loft aerials might work.

Like Dave Lindsay wrote, 'I suggest that a loft-fitted aerial may be out of the question at your location' obviously somebody who knows the area, unlike the Havant lad..

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Ian's 170 posts GB flag
Andrew Brown

9:59 PM

Well Ian as right as you may be I think the term country bumpkin is not needed here.
Not impressed, hope you don't talk down to your customers like that. :(

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Andrew Brown's 57 posts GB flag

10:42 PM

No I just talk to people who I think are prats like that.

He's miles away in the county hills away from the smoke and he's thinking that a loft aerial might do.

'Country Bumpkin' is what I think he is, he should keep his knowledge to his own neck of the wood.

Luc might now think that when a rigger turns up and says' I'm afraid you'll be needing a High Gain on a 16' Mast and double chimney lashing at a cost of £250' he's being taken for a ride base on what the country bumpkin has said, when in reality he's not.

The country bumpkin should keep to what he knows.

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jamie stevens

11:15 PM


I never said that a loft aerial would be suitable.... I never even checked the location....and if you could READ you would see that I gave approx. prices for both loft and roof install, so my roof install price of £200 plus £40 for the cable run is only ????????? ah £10 away from your £250 estimate.

Maybe I do know what im talking about.

PS no need to be rude, you may want to move yourself to a different kind of forum.

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Saturday, 7 December 2013
Alan Rowe
11:08 AM

Starting from scratch in Southampton for a chimney mounted aerial on a galvanised cradle and 6 feet pole with a Vision Log 20 Group A(v) Antenna I would charge £145.00.
In Southampton though, in most parts you do not need a
chimney mount as the signal is so strong, so for a wall
bracket mount usually below guttering I would charge
£ 95.00.
If that is deemed excessive then I would have to be
declared as a rogue trader.

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Alan Rowe's 6 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 11 December 2013
8:11 PM

hello I am looking at getting into the aerial installation. I am from the Wirral and I don't know where to start what is the normal price to become an installer
any help that would be great
thank you

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Saturday, 28 December 2013
Don Watts
11:17 AM

Hi, having experienced the Actionaeriels magic, I am looking for a reputable company that covers Abingdon near Oxford if anyone has any suggestions?

I need a replacement roof mounted aerial, supplying one TV point.

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Don Watts's 1 post GB flag
Friday, 17 January 2014
8:41 PM

I had a Freeview Aerial installed today. I rang one company only and figured the price they quoted was fair. Basic aerial install £75 but if a Hi-Gain aerial was needed it would £100. I expected that I would need the Hi-Gain in my location (Blackburn) and was prepared to pay that.

I asked about additional outlets in other rooms but I wasn't prepared to pay £85 for one additional socket. Adding an amplifier and an extra cable isn't worth that. Any additional rooms were another £40 each.

Overall I'm pleased with the basic install and I would have recommended the company apart from one minor detail; the fitter chucked bits of electrical tape all over the floor below where he had been working. It was a fairly easy job for him as the pole that he mounted the aerial on was already in place.

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Wednesday, 22 January 2014

5:19 PM

So when your lashing wire breaks or the mast collapses because it is old, and your brand new aerial gets damaged and needs replacing, is it still such a good deal?

For what it cost, all new installations SHOULD include a new mast, lashing or wall bracket and new 'benchmarked' cable. (I know some will disagree over the 'benchmark' issue).

Any 'proper' rigger will agree with me.

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Andrew Brown

8:47 PM

Ian: If you don't use benchmarked cable you shouldn't be doing the job in my opinion. Copper clad aluminium RG6 just is not good enough!! I went to a block of flats the other day to see about a communal Polish satellite TV system to run alongside the already installed IRS system (All brand new!) and the whole place had been wired in RG6!! I'm pretty sure the CAI states that all communal systems be wired in benchmarked cable. I only use 100 type cable for all my customers, so should everyone else!

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