Having a lift installed in your business is a great step in making your building more accessible, as well as minimising the amount of time your staff spend moving around the building. But, lifts are not limited to commercial settings as domestic lifts such as stairlifts, bath hoists and wheelchair lifts are practical ways of making the home safer for those with limited mobility.
Wherever you plan on having a lift installed, finding the right company to do the job is essential for ensuring the installation is high quality and up to standard. Once you’ve found a reputable company you need to wise up on some of the important aspects of having a lift, such as maintenance and what’s involved during installation so you can prepare for any disruptions. The answers they give will help you decide which type of lift is best for you as well as find the right company.
To get you well informed, this blog will discuss the most important questions you need to ask before a lift installation to ensure you’re making the right decision for your home or business.
The type of lift you have installed will depend on what type of business you have, but even so, there are some important general questions that anyone should ask. If your business involves your staff moving heavy loads on a daily basis, then you have a responsibility to provide the proper equipment needed to move these goods safely and prevent injury.
There are many types of lifts available from regular passenger lifts, to more industrial lifts designed for carrying heavy loads and stock, so the maximum weight for each will vary. If you’re part of a busy office building then the lift will be in high demand especially during peak times of the day, so it’s good to know how many people can safely use the lift. Incorrect use could lead to problems, or even an unexpected breakdown – meaning your staff are away from their desks and deadlines cannot be met! Goods and cargo lifts are also used to transport stock to different levels of a building or warehouse, if this is something you require then you’ll need to be aware of how much weight these can take, and therefore, which type of lift is suitable for the stock you need to be moved.
It’s important to ask how regularly your lift will need to be serviced, as you need to keep up with health and safety regulations – this will also give you an idea of future costs so you can plan for this in your budget. According to government guidelines, lifts that carry passengers should be inspected every 6 months while those that carry loads should be looked at every 12 months. Lift servicing involves a thorough inspection of the lift to ensure its in good working order, this may include lubricating components, checking for wear and tear and fixing minor repairs.
A big installation such as a lift needs to be reliable. Ask the company about any potential problems you could face and the ways in which you can prevent them – this will stop any unexpected breakdowns from occurring which could affect workflow and the overall running of your business. This question is particularly important, especially in a medical setting such as a hospital, where mobility aids such as bed lifts are a crucial piece of equipment for patients – moving patients from their bed for treatment or simply to have a bath relies on good quality and reliable lifts.
A good way of seeing how repeatable a company is, is to ask about their previous work. Any professional service should be more than happy to discuss past projects and be open to questions. Not only will this help you decide on the right installation company, but learning about similar projects will give you an idea of what to expect or any challenges they had to overcome along the way.
Having a lift installed in your home is a great way of regaining confidence if you’re experiencing mobility problems or just need extra help every once in a while. There are many different options depending on your needs including stair lifts, bath hoists and wheelchair lifts.
With any large installation the safety of these pieces of equipment is paramount. For those living alone and with mobility issues, it’s extremely important that the lift is safe enough to be used without assistance.
Depending on what type of lift you’re having installed, the installation process will vary – some may be complete within a day whereas others may need several days work. It’s important to find out this information so you can prepare your home or may relevant arrangements – for example you may need to take time off work or make new sleeping arrangements for a loved one while the engineers are in the home. This is also an important thing to consider with commercial installations, as the workplace may need to be temporarily closed during this time or have work arranged for your staff to complete at home.
You can’t go ahead with any project without knowing the cost, and knowing this information means you can compare a range of companies before settling on the best one for you.
Most installation companies will also offer a lift repair service so make sure you ask. Don’t get caught out with a broken lift and no one to fix it, when meeting with any company find out what other relevant services they offer or what you can do in the event of an emergency.
At Euro Lifts we offer both lift installations and repairs conducted by our expert team, and with affordable prices and top quality customer service, it’s easy to see why people across the South West choose us again and again.
If you’re unsure what type of lift you need in your commercial business or home, then simply ask. Lift installation companies will have years of experience and knowledge, so they are the best people to ask about which type of lift you need. Think carefully about your requirements and users, and explain these to the engineer who will be able to guide your think relevant options.
Wheelchair lift- As the name suggests, a wheelchair lift or platform lift is designed to move wheelchair users between low levels or even staircases and can be used both inside and outside.
Cargo lift- A cargolift is a machine that lifts heavy goods in a safe way. There are many types of cargo lifts to suit your business, and there hydraulic power means you can lift a much greater weight than a team of workers.
Home lift- One of the most popular type of lifts are stairlifts, which aid those with mobility issues up and down their stairs safely. These are great for individuals who want to remain living independently but want the security of a stairlift to prevent any slips and trips.
Bath hoists- For those with a disability or mobility-related illness, getting in and out of the bath or shower can be distressing and painful which is why many of these people invest in a bath lift for their home. These usually come in the form of a simple seat within the bath that rises to the height of the bath allowing you to easily sit down, and lower yourself down slowly using a control pad.
Euro Lifts, based in Portsmouth are the professional lift installation company working across South West England. With a range of lifts available we’re confident you’ll find the right one for your needs. We also offer testing, maintenance, lift repairs and emergency call outs to keep your lift working as it should. For more information get in touch with our friendly team today.