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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 July 2011
10:48 PM

That's a result for you!
Forgot to mention great picture takes me back 30 yrs

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Friday, 29 July 2011
Ron Lake

1:26 AM

Dont see these nowadays Ian with 'round the clock' telly. Some of us remember the earlier ones too. Monochrome BBC 'Batwings' on 405 line VHF lol.

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KB Aerials Sheffield

3:14 PM
Hope Valley


In regards to ARE WE BUSY

its up and down one moment your pulled out the next its dead but im not sure if others work similar to me
basically I start a week with a hand full of jobs to see me through monday possibly tuesday then by the end of monday wednesday is full with a bit of thursday and it rolls constantly like that has done for 10 yrs since I started on my own

if I compare Business to 3 years ago there is a deffinate drop in the amount of work available and you have to be a bit more competative and be a sales man on the phone - what I do find that seriously works in my favour is Im polite and listen on the phone - I talk to my customers who choose me because of my phone manor I here that the other riggers they call are blunt ignorant and not bothered - a bit like the experiance that you have had with the guys you have tried to work with

I never rise to an argument and always handle things diplomatically - today is an example just hung a tv on a wall put it precisely where husband has told me - im packing van up to leave - wife walks in and says its too low - instead of creating an argument about extra time and inconvenience of restarting - I suggest moving it higher and in fact once I go grab my drill and take tv off it added about 10 mins to the job - -result one very satisfied customer!

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KB Aerials Sheffield's 274 posts GB
5:47 PM

i found that a happy customer is related to 4 or more further jobs.

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ian's 20 posts GB

6:06 PM

Mazbar: Kb your phone manner is the main point if contact. I try never to give a price over the phone what i say is there us no charge for me coming out to give a price. This gets me face to face with the customer then all you can do is be honest and polite. I get on avarage 9 out of 10 houses i go to. I then give them a exact price if it is a big job i wont give them the price while i am there i say i will phone them with a price, this then means that they are under less preasure than face to face. I pride myself on my work and i do the work on my customers houses how i would have liked the work done on my late mums house.

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KB Aerials Sheffield

8:38 PM
Hope Valley

i really struggle not to give a price over the phone - if I dont know the area then i go and quote but i usually have a an idea of whats needed when someone phones - I also find probably same as you that I get 9 out of 10 jobs by quoting over the phone

So lets open this one up

How many people prefer a tradesman to come to their house and quote and how many would like a price over the phone

I will read with interest

Keith KB Aerials

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KB Aerials Sheffield's 274 posts GB
9:21 PM

All clients are different!!
eg, people who phone you dont forget have phoned another 3 or 4 riggers before you and have a list of prices infront of them as you are probably the last call if there is around £10/£20 difference most wont bother phoning anyone else and will instruct you to do the work as they are on the phone to you already.
The more precautious clientel want to see you and what you turn up in to quote the work,eg turning up on a push bike is not going to win you the job or a clapped out old rusty car after all your a rigger and have ladders etc.
also other clientel are from recomendation and trust the friend who recomended you.

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ian's 20 posts GB
9:27 PM

Also guys if work is going slack or slowing down and you enjoy your work maybe advertise more and get flyers posted if you use the people in your household to help you post them you would get more out there and its fun.

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9:40 PM

just some info on my experiences we contract to developers and the public i had one paticular potential client i was phoning on a monthly basis for around almost 2 yrs.they had all my company info but were happy staying put with there regular contractor until 1 day i get the call ive been waiting for!!! we quote the work win the job then prove we can do what ive been telling them on my company info!! result is more work from them now and they have 2 contractors.
stay perssistent in advertising your self as a company

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