Cost to Install a TV Antenna

Cost to Install a TV Antenna

What's the cost to install a TV antenna? A contractor charges $308 to install a TV antenna or do it yourself for $180 and save 41 percent. Adjust the cost with your ZIP Code.

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost
Hours Pro 2.8 DIY 4.5
Money Pro $308 DIY $180
Per Unit Cost
Per Unit Cost $308 Total Cost



By Gene and Katie Hamilton

Most of us don't pay much attention to our TV antenna until our television reception becomes scattered and hazy, usually due to bent or broken antenna elements damaged by wind or normal wear and tear. You can replace an old antenna with a new high-definition antenna and transformer that will guarantee clear and crisp television reception and expand your reception for FM stations.

An antenna service charges $308 to remove an old antenna and replace it with a mid-range unit, mast, chimney mount and coaxial cable lead-in for a single set. This includes the labor and material. You can buy the antenna for $180 and do the job yourself, saving 41 percent. Straddling a roof and hanging on while installing and adjusting an antenna, however, is not a job for the faint of heart. For safety's sake, we suggest hiring a pro for the job.

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If you insist on installing it don’t do it if the roof shingles are wet and slippery because it’s too dangerous to walk on them. Wait until it’s dry with mild temperatures. If it’s too cold, the shingles can get brittle when you’re walk on them, and if it’s too hot, you don’t want to be working up there. Wait for a cool spell. Don't even think about doing it yourself if you have a steeply pitched roof.

Instructables offers this advice for DIYers How to Install a TV Antenna or Aerial.

Plan to be on hand when the work is done so that you can tune your television set from inside and communicate directly with the antenna installer, as he adjusts the unit for the best reception.

The average price to install a TV antenna noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself. Tweak the data by adding your ZIP Code to find a local cost.

Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2019

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