1. Join Now

    AVForums.com uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

AV Installer in Swindon

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Buying & Building' started by mrapbp, Aug 11, 2005.

  1. mrapbp

    mrapbp
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2003
    Messages:
    4,785
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Location:
    Swindon
    Ratings:
    +227
    Am looking for someone to install my home cinema kit in Swindon (PJ, 5.1 setup and plasma).

    Really struggling to find anyone that wont charge the earth!!

    So far all I can find is Sevenoaks who want to charge me £300 per day per person :eek: :eek:

    Seems like a lot so any advice would be appreciated!!
     
  2. Piers

    Piers
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2002
    Messages:
    1,971
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    66
    Location:
    Shropshire
    Ratings:
    +227
    You need to define what you mean by "install". £300 per person per day is not excessive if that person is bringing £5,000 of test equipment to do the job - if he is simply mounting a plasma on a solid wall then maybe it is.
     
  3. mrapbp

    mrapbp
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2003
    Messages:
    4,785
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Location:
    Swindon
    Ratings:
    +227
    All they are doing is a physical install. Mounting the plasma, chasing the wires, getting power to the plasma and PJ etc.
     
  4. mrapbp

    mrapbp
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2003
    Messages:
    4,785
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Location:
    Swindon
    Ratings:
    +227
    Anyone?
     
  5. rowlandhills

    rowlandhills
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2005
    Messages:
    427
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Location:
    Baldock
    Ratings:
    +18
    To be honest, I'd think any installer worth having would charge £250/day or more. I was recently quoted £150 (by Sevenoaks) for a wall-mount plasma install with no chasing, if I was able to assist the guy in lifting it up onto the wall etc. as this would make it a one man job rather than a 2 man job.
     
  6. mrapbp

    mrapbp
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2003
    Messages:
    4,785
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Location:
    Swindon
    Ratings:
    +227
    I am just thinking this will be a 2 or 3 day job and that will make it more than I paid for the PJ and screen!!!

    Seems a little steep to me is all?!

     
  7. the_sanguine

    the_sanguine
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2003
    Messages:
    1,161
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Ratings:
    +7
    My Brother in Law does if for a living. I don't know what he's charge to come down to Swindon though
     
  8. mrapbp

    mrapbp
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2003
    Messages:
    4,785
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Location:
    Swindon
    Ratings:
    +227
    Guess that depends where he is in the world!!

     
  9. mrapbp

    mrapbp
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2003
    Messages:
    4,785
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Location:
    Swindon
    Ratings:
    +227
    Anyone??
     
  10. neilball

    neilball
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2005
    Messages:
    2,540
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    103
    Location:
    Scottish Borders
    Ratings:
    +491
    If it's £300 per day for 2 men i.e. £150 per man day then I reckon you are getting a good deal, you will not get cheaper even if you tried for a general builder and electrician - many custom install & A/V retail companies I know charge £250 per man day upwards and only install kit they have sold themselves - the overheads & direct costs make it uneconomic to do it for less.

    If your job includes making good then 3 days sounds about right to me.
     
  11. mrapbp

    mrapbp
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2003
    Messages:
    4,785
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Location:
    Swindon
    Ratings:
    +227
    Its £300 per day per person and which ever way I cut it £900 to install this kit is too much!!

    The PJ and screen only cost me £800!!
     
  12. neilball

    neilball
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2005
    Messages:
    2,540
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    103
    Location:
    Scottish Borders
    Ratings:
    +491
    Sorry but the price of the projector & screen is not relevent to the labour costs to install it all - it would still be the same amount of work if you had a £10k screen & PJ. I still reckon if they are putting up a screen & PJ, plasma & speakers, running in the cables plus making good after then £900 is a fair estimate for an experienced install team. You will not get it from a reputable installer for much (if any) less. You may get an electrician or general contractor willing to give it a go for £200 a day or friends to do it for beer money, either may get it right or could leave you with less a than satisfactory install or worse with a worthless heap of broken glass or plastic on the floor!
     
  13. mrapbp

    mrapbp
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2003
    Messages:
    4,785
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Location:
    Swindon
    Ratings:
    +227
    Please dont be sorry you have done nothing wrong. I guess I wasnt making myself clear.

    I am sure that is the going rate but as I only spent £800 on the PJ and screen it doesnt seem worth it TO ME to spend that kind of money having it installed.

    All I am doing is checking IF this is the going rate, moaning about and (if it is the going rate) binning it!!

    Not sure what I will do but I guess I will try and find an alternative!!

    Cheers!
     
  14. Clint C

    Clint C
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2002
    Messages:
    420
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    21
    Location:
    Wiltshire UK
    Ratings:
    +4
    mrapbp, I don't know if you're still looking but there's a company in Chippenham that do AV installs and from all accounts they're very good. They don't have a website AFAIK but I can supply their phone number if required.

    Clint.
     
  15. mrapbp

    mrapbp
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2003
    Messages:
    4,785
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Location:
    Swindon
    Ratings:
    +227
    Yes please!!

     
  16. Clint C

    Clint C
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2002
    Messages:
    420
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    21
    Location:
    Wiltshire UK
    Ratings:
    +4
    CSV Audio Visual UK - 01249 463888, let me know how their prices fare.

    Clint.
     
  17. mrapbp

    mrapbp
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2003
    Messages:
    4,785
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Location:
    Swindon
    Ratings:
    +227
    Thanks for that seemed like a really nice guy and also seemes to know what he's talking about.

    They charge £30 per hour and I think I can get done what I need within a day so about £260 - £300 which I can deal with.

     
  18. Clint C

    Clint C
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2002
    Messages:
    420
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    21
    Location:
    Wiltshire UK
    Ratings:
    +4
    No probs buddy. The owner's Garry and he does indeed seem like a nice chap. I rang them up today as I'm looking to upgrade my amp and mentioned I recommended you and he knew who I was talking about. Hopefully I'll get some discount for the recommendation ;) . They've done some pretty big installations around Wiltshire and from what I gather all the punters seem ecstatic with the work done. He's lending me a Denon 3805 to trial at my place over the weekend as he knows that's going to be the best test for it, see how it integrates with my kit. You don't get service like that just anywhere.

    Clint.
     
  19. IanW

    IanW
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2001
    Messages:
    1,572
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    66
    Location:
    Wiltshire
    Ratings:
    +119
    mrapbp,

    Give my wife's business a call, they are based in Wootton Bassett and have done plenty of this stuff and more. LDS 01793 852836, ask for Nicola.

    Cheers,

    Ian.

    :thumbsup:
     
  20. georgepenny

    georgepenny
    Guest

    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0
    Good for installations, but a bunch of (can I swear?)
    unless your spending serious £££ there just not interested...
    I was looking at spending around £1500 on amp, dvd player and speakers
    and they kept me waiting for around 3 weeks for a price and then it was not at all competetive!



     

Share This Page

Loading...