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Hi everyone,
Im an installer working in the Leeds area,
iv been in the trade for 10 years now and run my own small business since 2009.

To be honest iv never known things to be as bad as they are at the moment,
I usually charge a flat rate of £110 for a "standard" aerial install, this includes either a chimney lashing kit with upto 6ft mast or a c bracket on gable depending on whats needed etc. I charge £150 for a DMX10 on a 10/12ft mast with a masthead amp if required for weak signal areas,
it goes without saying that CT100 or WF cable is used, galvanised brackets and 12 months guarantee on all my work.
I like to think these prices are fair and im not out to rip anyone off.
i just dont know whats up lately though, im quoting on jobs and can tell straight away that people arent interested, ive had to drop my price down to £85 yet im still struggling to get work in,
The most annoying thing is there is a bloke in my local paper advertising "digital aerials" fully fitted for £40!! how the hell can anyone compete with that? how on earth he manages to do jobs at that price i just dont know.
I had a call last week from a guy saying his aerial had fallen off the roof and how much to fix it, over the phone i told him around £40, (thats for me to drive to his house, set up my equipment, climb on his roof, assess any damage, replace snapped lashing kit or mast, re-align aerial, test and tune TV, pack away all kit, take on any problems that he has for next 12 months free of charge etc etc.
His exact reply to my quote was "fu**in hell £ have to have a ring around"
What i want to know from any other riggers is are my prices too high? and how just how cheap can a job realistically be done before its not worth doing!
Sorry about the rant but things are getting desperate to be honest,
Cheers guys, Ryan

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Thanks for the replys guys,
well what a difference a few days can make, im now booked up until the end of next week and have a few more jobs to go look at aswell.
Morale is back! hopefully its just a hangover from christmas/january and things will remain "steady away" from now on.
With regards to the £40 aerial tosser, he only advertises with a mob number and this frequently changes, he also changes the company name slightly every few weeks but the advert stays identical.
its just really annoying as prices like that make our trade look mickey mouse.
Hope it picks up for everyone, Ryan

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