Stairlift Buying Guide

stairlift with basketWhen it comes to buying a stairlift there are so many important factors that you have to take into consideration. You would think that when it comes to buying a stairlift, you simple call a company and they arrive, secure the lift in place and you are ready to go. There is so much more to it and knowing and understanding these devices can help you ensure you make the right choice to improve your independence in the home and help you improve your quality of life moving forward.

The first thing you will need to determine if whether your staircase is straight or curved. So many people believe their staircase is straight, but when the stairlift company arrives they find out they are actually curved. The slightest curve will require you buy a curved stairlift over a straight stairlift. The easiest way to identify this is to place a long piece of string or tape from the top to the bottom of the stairs. Holding it straight can it reach the top and bottom with ease? If it can, then you have a straight staircase, if you need to take a turn to get to the top or bottom, then it is curved.

The next thing that you are going to want to take into consideration is your physical limitation or the limitations of the person using the lift. Do they use a wheelchair on a daily basis? Do they walk with a frame? Are they relatively mobile, just a little unsteady when going up and down the stairs? These are important things to know so you can relay this message onto your curved staircase supplier. This can determine what seat you or your loved one will need to reduce the risk of them injuring themselves when using the lift.

Look at the comfort of the seat and ensure it works for you. The seat can come as a perch seat, which doesn’t have any arms and is literally a little perch that you sit on and will glide up and down the stairs. Then there is the full seat, which includes arms, ideal for anyone who requires a wheelchair or is more unsteady than most. All should come with safety harness for added protection and safety.

lady in chair for stairlift nottinghamEnsure that you choose a reputable company to buy your curved staircase from. Bear in mind that not all companies will provide the curved stairlift as it needs to be custom made. This means take the time to find a company that has years of experience and a good reputation. They should have a proven track record in your area, ideally having provided someone you know with a stairlift or come highly recommended to provide you with peace of mind.

The company you choose shouldn’t only sell or rent out curved stairlifts, they should provide you with a complete service, this can save you valuable time and energy in the long run. Choose a company that will provide repairs, services and regular maintenance so you know that the lift is going to always be working at its best.

When it comes to buying curved stairlifts you want to ensure that they come with a good warranty to give you peace of mind. Whether you buy brand new out of the box or reconditioned, they should come with a guarantee to protect any possible defects you may experience in the first year. If you are renting, then the services and repairs should be part of your rental contract, not costing you anything the whole time you have the lift.


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