A Step By Step Guide to New Lift Installations
Lifts can be found almost anywhere and not just the passenger kind! From goods lifts to platform lifts, these kinds of installations can improve your home or business in so many ways. But, if you’ve never organised a new lift installation before, you probably have a few questions that need to be answered.
Getting a new lift installed isn’t hard but it does require a little research along the way, but once you’ve done the groundwork you’re halfway there. As Lift experts, we’ve put together this useful blog so you have a better understanding of the lift installation process. Read on to find out more.
Consider your needs
The first step you need to take is thinking about your needs. What kind of lift is going to benefit you the most? If you’re looking for a domestic lift then a stairlift or passenger lift are probably going to be most appropriate, however, in a business premises there are many more options to consider. Your needs should always come first so consider what you’re trying to achieve by installing a lift.
If you need help transporting goods around your warehouse, for example, then a goods lift or scissor lift could be the perfect choice. According to Accident Claims Helpline, each year as many as 1.2 million people suffer from some form of musculoskeletal disorder as a result of their work or working environment – this is where lifts come in use. Perhaps do a little research into what other similar businesses are doing and how this could suit you.
Find the best lift option
As mentioned, there are many lift options available but it’s important that you find something that’s relevant to you and your needs. Researching out more about the different types of lifts will help you with the next step of selecting the best option. Here are some of the most popular lifts:
- Passenger lifts – These kinds of lifts can be installed in homes and businesses, depending on your needs. In busy areas such as multi-story offices, lifts are an efficient way of getting around the buildings. At home, passenger lifts are big enough for wheelchair users and help homeowners safely move between floors.
- Goods lifts – Heavy items and packages can’t always be moved by hand so you need to supply the right equipment for your staff. Goods lifts can be used in warehouses and industrial settings as well as in hospitality for transporting plates from the kitchen to the restaurant floor.
- Wheelchair lifts – Accessibility is important especially in public spaces and the workplace. Wheelchair lifts are highly efficient with a robust platform that users can mount safely before it carefully raises to the next platform. They can be fitted to either side of your stairway, whether it’s inside or outside of your property.
- Stair lifts – If you have mobility-related problems and need extra support, a stairlift is a much safer alternative to navigating the stairs. They are easy to use and more affordable than downsizing your home. There are options for straight and curved stairs so no matter what kind of home you live in.
At Euro Lifts, we can install a whole range of lifts at affordable prices. If you have a particular lift in mind, we can provide you with a free, no obligation property survey to assess the most appropriate and to discuss the costs involved. Whether you’re looking for domestic or commercial products, our team will use our industry knowledge to provide the solutions you need. Contact us today for more information.
Find a reliable installation team
Once you’ve done a little research about the different types of lift you can choose from, it’s time to find a reliable installation team. This is one of the most important parts of your installation process as hiring an experienced team will reduce the chances of installation problems along the way. Use your requirements as a base to find a good lift company and take a good look at their website so you know all about their products as services.
Don’t feel the need to rush this step as you don’t want to end up with a poor company just because you need somebody quickly. When you’ve narrowed down your search, look for reviews and browse the testimonial page if they have one. It’s a good idea to take advantage of the free site surveys if this is an option, not only will you get a better understanding of how the company works but your interaction with the team members will create your first impression of the company.
Learn how to use your lift
Some lifts are fairly straightforward to use such as passenger lifts, however, stair lifts or goods lifts may take some time to get used to. As a business owner, it’s your responsibility to train your staff members to reduce injuries and improve efficiency in the workplace. If you are installing a lift for personal use, make sure you fully understand how the lift operates – it’s a good idea to have a family member there when the installers are explaining this.
If you have any questions after installation don’t hesitate to call your installation team who should be more than happy to help. After this, you’ll reap the benefits of having an efficient and reliable lift on hand to use and you’ll wonder why you didn’t have one installed sooner!
Keep up with maintenance and repairs
Once you’ve had your lift installed the installation team will show you how everything works and you can get used to working or living with your new product. While lifts require very little maintenance you may need to have repairs done and annual inspections to ensure the lift is functioning at optimum efficiency which helps to add years to your product’s lifespan. This can usually be done by the same team who installed the lift.
If you notice any changes in the way your lift is performing such as strange noises, jolting or breakdowns, make sure you report this to your installers. If you’re going to have a lift installed then you need to be prepared for ongoing maintenance to keep your lift functional especially in busy areas such as offices and commercial buildings.
Euro Lifts: Lift Installations and Repairs Across the South West
If your business could benefit from new lift installations, the team at Euro Lifts can help. As South West England’s Number one specialist in vertical lifts, we have a range of solutions to suit all needs and a team of reliable fitters to complete your installation. Our hard work and dedication to providing high-quality services means we’ve gained an excellent reputation in the local area.
We offer a range of lifting solutions including passenger lifts, goods lifts and more. Before installation, our team will discuss your options and offer honest but professional advice about which products are best suited to your requirements. The installation process is swift and we’re on hand to service your lift in the future too. Get in touch with us for more information and arrange your installation.