Why do new homes not have TV aerials fitted?
As standard new home do not come with TV aerials or satellite TV systems. Whilst they do come with all TV cabling and sockets in the rooms they do not have external aerials or Sky TV dishes.
This is the same with fitting new build burglar alarms and CCTV.
When buying a new home this may feel a little cheap but it can be seen as a benefit or both home buyer and home builder.
Why do builders not fit TV aerials?
I am not a new house builder, but we do fit a lot of TV aerials to new build homes and speak to site managers in doing so. And have some to the conclusion there are many reasons that builders do not choose to fit your TV aerials.
Cost and hassle of a TV aerial on a new build.
TV aerial installation is a specialised task but would take up a very tiny fraction of a new house builders work, the costs of employing or outsourcing the TV installation would be relatively high.
TV aerial installation can be the worst kind of work for a building site manager, it involves working at height using ladders and carrying heavy equipment. If not carried out safely and by trained specialist it is not great from a health and safety standpoint.
Call backs and snagging.
Even with the best equipments correctly installed you will get call backs and snagging problems from TV system not working in a new build. This can due to home owners moving in a expecting TVs to work with no tuning or installation of their own TVs, maybe they have moved TV sets from a different TV transmitter, maybe the TV was damaged in transit. Issues the builders would prefer not to be involved with.
If you have issues with new build snagging you can receive a new home snagging report service here.
Electricians are not great with TV cabling.
Sorry, it’s just our experience. As a rule UK electricians are a talented and committed bunch, but for some reason electricians very rarely connect TV sockets in new builds or renovations correctly. We normally need to remove, check and refit TV sockets in every build we install at.
The most common issues are leaving very large amounts of outer braid; this can cause a lot of interference, or simply just leaving the cables loose in the back of the socket.
Thankfully the quality of TV coax cable and TV sockets fitted to new build has changed massively in the last 5 years or so and you can be pretty sure the basic components are of acceptable quality and correctly routed.
It is better fitting your own TV aerial on a new build property.
If new house builders did install TV aerials an already uniform housing estate would have identical TV aerial systems fitted to every house, even properties that did not require a TV aerial or satellite dish would have them installed.
Due to house builders scared of call backs at a later stage for poor reception or damaged components I would guess these TV aerial systems would be massively over specified. Leading to what should be a quaint British housing estate looking more like an army base, being covered with a forest of metal masts, TV antennas and Sky dishes.
There are a large variety of TV systems you can have installed at your new build. You may want TV, radio in every room. The home buyers at number 50 may require Sky TV in the lounge and master bedroom. Maybe you want to integrate CCTV and a door entry system, Sky magic eye feeds, or allow HD or 4K distribution through out.
Fitting you own TV aerial and Sky system allows this.
Do any new homes come with TV aerials or Sky dishes?
Yes, but rarely. We often carry out TV system installations as contractors for house builders, there isn’t any rules regarding this but experience shows they tends to be at the extremes of the market.
Large estates of social housing that are built for the rental market often have identical basic TV systems fitted, for example freeview TV in the lounge and master bedroom. Sometimes these include just the cabling for Sky TV in the loft, but as Sky installers do not go into the loft these are often ignored with Sky installers fitting ugly extra cables externally and through the walls.
At the other end of the market very expensive new build houses in small lots can often be preinstalled with very high end audio visual and home automation systems. In these properties we often fit high end combined TV reception equipment. This would consist of TV, FM and DAB Aerials, Sky dish and possibly a commercial type IRS headend multiswitch. This would allow freeview, BT vision, talk talk or Sky reception at every available TV outlet.
How to fit an aerial to a new house.
We have written a blog post here explain in how to go about fitting your own TV aerial to your new home. You may be able to do it yourself fitting an aerial in the loft space. But using a professional is pretty cheap in the scale of a new house purchase. If you want advice or a free quote feel free to use the form on the right or contact us anytime.