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?
The typical cost of an aerial is between about ?20 and ?45, it's the fitting and setting that costs rather more. As a former service engineer and technical trainer of service engineers I have fitted my own aerials for many years and have rarely paid more than ?30 for a good log-periodic type that serves me with all the available programmes. A few months ago I moved and fitted a new log-periodic that cost me ?28 all in and fittred it myself with no problems and we get all the avaiable multiplexes with no difficulties. So the costs you mention are not 'cheap' but should be considered about average.