Stairlifts, Do You Need One?
Find out whether a stairlift is the best option for you, the pros and cons when getting one, pricing expectations and the key things you need to watch out for. At e Lifts Limited we can help find the perfect stairlift for you and your requirements; we can supply custom made, new and used stairlifts for homes in the South West of England.
Stairlifts are designed for people who struggle with a disability or have reduced mobility. We understand that you won’t want to lose any of your independence or be forced out of a home. Unfortunately, for many, that can become the case. However, with one of our chair lifts for stairs, you may not have to. At e Lifts Limited, we’re experts at installing both straight and curved stairlifts for residential or commercial properties.
Types of Stairlifts
No matter what type of stairway you have, we can help you retain your independence and improve your quality of life.
Seated stairlifts for straight staircases
If your staircase isn’t very wide a standard model may not fit. However, a few companies do offer stairlifts for narrow stairs. Depending on the dimensions of your stairs, either a compact slimline model or alternatively one with a perching or standing seat may be the best option.
Because straight staircases don’t require tracks or rails to be purpose-built to fit a curved stair layout, straight models are much cheaper in price than curved ones. For this reason, a basic straight stairlift can be delivered and installed much faster too.
Seated stairlifts for curved staircases
If your stairs bend or turn corners you will need a curved stairlift with a custom track to fit the layout of your staircase. The tracks are either bent into shape or made up of modular bends that fit almost any type of stairs.
Being custom made means curved stairlifts will have a higher price. There is usually a longer wait for delivery and installation than there is for a basic straight stairlift model.
Vertical ‘through-floor’ lifts
Live independently in the comfort of your home with an unenclosed wheelchair through floor lift. The lift will provide you with safe and easy access upstairs, meaning you can regain the whole living space without needing to move. Use the lift seated in a wheelchair or on an optional fold-down seat.
A through floor lift features a selection of car sizes, so you are sure to find a model that perfectly meets your needs.
If you have outside steps to your front or back door, then an outdoor stairlift could be the solution.
Outdoor stairlifts work in a similar way to indoor ones, running on a track fitted to the steps. They can be folded up and protected from the elements by a weather-resistant cover when not in use.
New stairlifts do not have a fixed price, the cost will depend on several different factors. They can range anywhere from under £2,000 to £6,000 and more. Before you jump straight into buying a stairlift, make sure you have a surveyor round to assess your current situation and take any needed measurements. Whilst also assessing the layout and determining which stairlift will be most suitable for you and your home.
Reconditioned or Second-hand Stairlifts:
The main difference between a reconditioned and a second-hand stairlift is that a reconditioned model will have been taken back to the factory, tested and had any repairs. It will then be installed by a qualified engineer. Reconditioned stairlifts are considerably cheaper than new ones and the price will include the cost of the installation. If it is bought from eBay or Facebook, you will need to fit it yourself or pay for an engineer to fit it for you.
Buying a reconditioned stairlift from a private seller will help put your mind at ease as you will have a helpline to call for assistance. An engineer will also be arranged to install your stairlift, so you can be assured it has been fitted correctly. Buying a stairlift yourself has its cons, one being that it is highly likely you will waste more money trying to install it and have any repair fees on top of that. It also hasn’t been measured and custom-fitted to your staircase, therefore it may not be safe or suitable for use.
In 2014 Which survey found the average price of a reconditioned stairlift was £1,490.
To get an accurate stairlift price, you will need to arrange an appointment for a home visit with a stairlift company. Find out more about our stairlifts and receive an estimate quote today.
If you require any stairlift services, maintenance, repairs, installation in and around the South West of England, please do get in touch with us and we will be on hand and happy to help. You can call us at our Plymouth office on 01752 559000, send us an email at email@example.com or visit our website for more information e Lifts.