If grainy pictures, crackling noises and jumping images are an everyday occurrence on your television screen, but you want to avoid upgrading to digital TV for just a little while longer, then it’s probably about time you have a new aerial installed. Some homeowners don’t mind facing this as a simple DIY job, but if you lack the experience or aren’t that confident up a ladder then you are better off hiring a professional, qualified engineer who can:
- Securely mount and install a new indoor or outdoor TV aerial, whether it is in your loft, on your roof or elsewhere on the exterior of your property
- Position the aerial using their in-depth knowledge of the most local signal transmitters to make sure you and your family get the best reception possible
- Use all the necessary materials, including a mast, screws, bolts, ground rods and sealant to successfully fit together your aerial with the down lead (or co-axial cable) and TV set
- Fit new internal TV points or replace older, damaged ones in your home. They can even move a point across a room if you fancy repositioning the television set
Before getting in touch with a professional aerial installer, however, there are several things you need to think about:
- Firstly, make sure your chosen contractor is qualified, for instance they may belong to the CAI (Confederation of Aerial Industries). This ensures that they will have completed an approved RDI (Registered Digital Installer) scheme or course and therefore learned how to safely operate and use a ladder for your installation. Participants are also subjected to a background Criminal Record Check – making sure you and other homeowners are kept safe and sound
- Next, check that the contractor has Public Liability Insurance – this will protect any insurance claims you might need to complete and cover you for the remainder of the guarantee – whether it be for one, five or ten years. Otherwise you might find you have to dip into your own pockets to fix a poor job!
- Finally, try to look local. This way you’re guaranteed to save a bit of extra cash in transport costs or additional corporate fees. Plus, local engineers will know about local signal transmitters in your area, which will ensure you get the best reception possible for your TV screen
The cost of a new TV aerial will depend on a number of factors, but generally you should look to pay somewhere between £60 to £80 for the first hour’s worth of labour costs, and around £20 to £30 every hour thereafter. Parts should come in at around £40 to £60; and new internal sockets can be fitted for as little as £50 to £100.