Terrestrial TV aerial, take it when moving??

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in N. Ireland
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in N. Ireland
Hi Guys,

Just recieved my list of fixtures/fittings for my house, it says the above. I currently have a normal and an RTE aerial, is it worth taking these? My new house has a normal aerial but it looks really old......trying to balance cost of getting someone to take down and put back again vs just fitting new aerials? Any thoughts folks? Cheers..
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  • redpedredped Forumite
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    TBH, taking the aerials strikes me as being really petty. Personally I wouldn't even think of taking an aerial with me, and would be stunned if someone selling me a house was to do so. Would you also consider anything else attached to the house, such as security lights? What about the cable that runs from the aerial, would you take that as well?

    I would assume a large part of the costs of getting an aerial installed is the fitter's time, so all you're really doing is saving the cost of two aerials. Just because the aerial on your new house looks old doesn't actually mean that it is giving a poor signal - for all you know, it may actually be a better aerial than the one you're thinking of taking with you.
  • SailorSamSailorSam Forumite
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    You can buy a new aerial for less than it's going to cost to get the old one down.
    Leave it where it is.
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    FUNKYDADDIOFUNKYDADDIO Forumite
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    edited 30 April 2012 at 10:08PM
    "Would you also consider anything else attached to the house, such as security lights? What about the cable that runs from the aerial, would you take that as well?"

    No need for that, was only asking a question to gauge opinion.
  • redpedredped Forumite
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    And I was only asking a question to gauge what you do, and don't, consider worth taking.
  • ballyblackballyblack Forumite
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    If you removed aerials from a house I was purchasing I would tell you the deal is off!:rotfl:
  • saverbuyersaverbuyer Forumite
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    ballyblack wrote: »
    If you removed aerials from a house I was purchasing I would tell you the deal is off!:rotfl:

    It would be after completion though so not much you can do. Just goes to show that a comprehensive list of fixtures and fitting is required.
  • yorkie98yorkie98 Forumite
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    I think the norm is to leave the TV aerial as is, it is after all customised to that house and may be unsuitable at any other location. You should also leave behind any associated boosters, power supplies etc.. As a former aerial installer, you have no idea how common is it when a person moves out and takes their "booster" with them, only for it to actually be a power supply for the masthead amplifier, rendering the aerial useless and leaving the new occupier with a £60+ bill for a callout and a new PSU. Ironicaly, when the "booster" is plugged in at the other end and has absolutely no effect, it is most likey condemed as broken and thrown in the bin.

    I'm sure you'd like to think the house you are moving into will have a functional TV aerial when you arrive.. After a hard day shifting boxes, take a break, sit down, cup of tea, switch on TV for a bit of Corrie and.. Nothing.. How would you feel..?

    There might be no RTE aerial at your new house because RTE reception is not possible at that particular location.

    My advice would be that if the aerial you aquire is not to your liking or satisfaction, then just get it upgraded/changed, it will cost you less in the long run as you are only paying one set of callout/labour charges and getting new equipment with a warranty.
  • I bought my house last year and the previous owner took the roof aerial with them! Now there is just a cable hanging down. The house was a repossession so think they left with bad feeling. All three toilets in the house were cracked, plus a huge chunk out of the sink (house only built three years ago so not normal wear and tear) and it didnt look accidental if you get what I mean, plus there was an awful stench in one room that we couldnt get to the bottom of, it has gone now so I think they left us a nasty (smelly) hidden gift in that room.
    So yes, some people take aerials with them!
    Comping Newbie, started 1st April and been a runner up once :rotfl:
  • avenidaavenida Forumite
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    Glad to hear funkydaddio you sold your house, I recall you being on here months ago asking advice on selling, how did you glinch the deal, was it down to dropping the price?
  • I moved into a rental house that had no aerial, had to pay £75 to get one installed. Moved house a few months ago and OH was straight up on the roof to remove it on our last day of tenancy!!
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