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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 14 May 2011 4:50PM

Mark Aberfan Aerials: Congratulations on your 1000th post!

Mark Aberfan Aerials
Saturday 14 May 2011 5:29PM

Hi Brian,

Thanks mate, I hope most of them have been of help or informative !

Mark Aberfan Aerials

Saturday 14 May 2011 6:08PM

Mark Aberfan Aerials: I would say they all have, thank you very much.

Friday 27 May 2011 10:40AM

I checked this site to find out how much an installation should cost and found the reading interesting.
My ancient Ariel fell down leaving the pole and mount Ok. I contacted a local TV shop to recommend a fitter - which they did. He was round in about 1 hour and quoted £150 for a full installation as he said that he would not reuse the old fittings as he firmly believed in doing a proper job and would not want to be called back to repair a bodge.
When I said I had to think about it he dropped to £125 and eventually £120 for cash.
He did the job there and then and it took over 1 hour. He checked signals and every thing seems a pucker job with 100% signal showing on the TV although we are not in a good reception area. I did wonder whether I had paid too much but posts indicate that is quite reasonable for a professional job.
Although I live in a bungalow and have painted up to roof height, to risk going high onto the roof and wrestle with a pole was wholly out of the question.

Friday 27 May 2011 3:50PM

Charles: Thanks very much for that, it is good to hear your have reliable reception.

Saturday 28 May 2011 8:55AM

Ref Elaine
Does make me and the lads grin when we here satellite grade cable quoted, whats all that about?
Its like saying how long is a bit of string.
They should be quoting cable reference numbers, but of course if they did it would open up a different ball game, because half the riggers dont know the difference in grade cables let alone the customers lol.

Wednesday 1 June 2011 2:41PM

Dave: in the end I went with an installer my next door neighbour recommended. One new high gain aerial on the chimney stack (they decided they didn't need to reuse the 10 foot pole the old one was on), one four way amplifier, new cabling (not "satellite grade" but rather better than my 30-40 year old co-ax), cable into lounge and connection to existing dining room aerial point. £220 in total and I can now get ITV3 and Five US with no problems - previously impossible.

I can live with that cost and it means I don't have to get Freesat plus a new receiver and then figure out how to run that through the existing DVD / hard drive recorder. That can now wait until I upgrade my TV to HD and my DVD to Bluray in a couple of years.

Wednesday 1 June 2011 9:31PM

Hi guys,
I am not so new in business, I have more than 5 years experience in this branch. I used to work for different companies as a subcontractor. sometimes was good sometimes bad. I have started on my own now. I have a quick question.
being advertised in the local newspaper worth the money?

Thursday 2 June 2011 8:38AM

Yes if you need the work, simple short regular adds in the clasified section.
Thats a blast from the past

Tom Fletcher
Thursday 2 June 2011 11:40AM

A question for all the riggers out there, for last few years we have been busy fitting aerials and mast amps for the DSO,we always use a meter and good cable and a benchmark aerial as you do,when the DSO happens here in September they say that the power from the transmitters will be greatly increased after DSO,we get an influx of customers ringing us about problems with there freeview reception? are we responsible can we charge them for any work that we mite have to do,as many of them will be under our guarantees. Tom Fletcher Alpha Aerials Sheffield.

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