All you need to know about the costs associated with having a TV aerial installed including materials, labour and time frames.
The price you will pay for a newly installed aerial will depend on your location, length of pole required, if new cables are needed within the house, whether a splitter and amplifier is needed, plus whether your installer is a highly skilled professional or a cowboy charging peanuts for substandard work! The TV aerial industry has a well-earned poor reputation for miss-selling entirely new aerial systems where a minor repair to a cable may be all that is needed! Stick to reputable and professional aerial installers!
If you already have an aerial and internal cable fitted with a TV point, then the job is much easier, however if you do not have a TV point or require it to be moved, then you may need to add some redecorating costs on to the total cost. The TV aerial point is usually sunk into the wall plaster, so will need to be filled and repainted/wallpapered when finished.
The most common reason for householders to contact aerial engineers is if they have a poor signal/poor TV reception. If you experience poor reception and your neighbours do not, the first thing you should do is check the aerial on your neighbour’s homes to see if the poles are any longer or higher, and also check the alignment, if your TV aerial is pointing in a completely different direction this could be a clue as to the reasons behind the poor reception!
If all of the surrounding houses have the same length poles at the same height as you, then chances are the problem lies elsewhere, so don't be talked into getting a longer more expensive pole by a dodgy installer! If you are ever told you need the entire system replacing including the pole, cabling and the aerial itself, then question this and ask for a full explanation, plus get a second and third quote from reputable installers.
If you have a very high roof and/or access to the roof is difficult, then expect to pay more for an aerial installation. If you live within the M25 then you can also expect to pay a lot more than someone who lives in the north. In theory fitting a TV aerial does not sound like a difficult task, but it almost always involves working safely at height and the trickier installs may require access to special equipment and knowledge. If you have doubts about your ability to complete the job safely, then it’s always better to call for professional help rather than risk a dangerous fall from a roof.
The average cost to install an all-new TV aerial system is typically around £200. This price assumes a standard size new aerial plus pole, plus a new cable to a replacement TV socket. A simple replacement aerial using the existing pole, cables and socket will be much cheaper, typically around £80 to £100.
An aerial specialist will often charge around £100-£150 for a full days work but a replacement aerial should only take a few hours. Tradesmen will likely work on their own to fit a tv aerial as it's rarely a two man job.
Below are some estimated costs of hiring a tradesman to fit a new TV aerial:
|Job Description||Avg. Cost||Duration|
|Install Entirely New TV Aerial System||£200||4-6 hours|
|Replace like-for-like TV Aerial||£100||2-3 hours|
|Install Extra TV Aerial Socket||£100||2-3 hours|
Individual costs of hiring tradesmen to install an entirely new TV aerial system - Total Cost: £200