Using stairs is the part of our daily lives. According to one estimate, an ordinary person uses stairs at least 250,000 times in their whole life.
For a healthy person, going up and coming down from stairs is no problem. But with aging and declining health, things become problematic.
For example, moving from one place to another becomes extremely hard for people who have crossed the age of 60.
Another example is of people who have had an accident and are no longer able to move freely.
Similarly, those people who have some physical challenges and are handicapped need a UK Stairlift to make their life easier.
- Money Well Spent
- Sense of Security to both the Affected Person and Family
- Stairlifts are not for Wheelchair Users
- Research and Consult with Occupational Therapist’s
- Test Before you Purchase
- Get a Free Quote
- Buy your Stairlift from a quality Stairlift Vendor
- Prepare Questions for the Stairlift Company Representative
- Purchase from Reputable Companies
- How do you know if the Stairlift Company is Genuine
- Can You Get Government Sponsorded Funding for Buying a Stairlift?
- Types of Stairlifts: Straight, Curved and Hinged Tracks
Money Well Spent
Stairlifts are the best solution and are the most appropriate alternate as well. Investing money in buying a stairlift can make your or your loved one’s life more independent and secure.
Sense of Security to both the Affected Person and Family
As family members can’t always be around a person who needs help to move from one floor of the house to another, a stairlift is a support that can give you and your loved one peace of mind while you are away from home.
The biggest motivation for buying a stairlift is that it makes the life of handicapped people secure too. Safety is the focus point of companies that make stairlifts.
Stairlift companies ensure their customers will not become a victim of another injury, and will be able to run their lives on their own without requiring constant assistance.
Stairlifts are not for Wheelchair Users
Stairlifts are not a good option for people who are confined to a wheelchair. For such people, we recommend “through the floor”.
Research and Consult with Occupational Therapist’s
If you have decided that a stairlift is what you need, the first thing you should do is to do some research online.
Even better, go for seek an Occupational Therapist’s opinion about it.
Or if you have a friend or close relative who is already using a stairlift, talk to them about their experience and ask for their opinions and recommendations.
Test Before you Purchase
As far as our opinion is concerned, we would recommend that before actually buying a stairlift, you should try it for free.
There are two ways you can get a free stairlift.
Either ask a friend or a relative who is already using a stairlift or go to a shop where they are available to sell. Just ask them that you would like to first try it there.
If you feel comfortable with a free test, only then you should consider purchasing a stairlift.
It’s always good to invest your money wisely, especially on things that come at a huge price.
Get a Free Quote
If you are going to buy the stairlift after the free test, we recommend obtaining a quote. You can get by filling out the form on our quote page.
Buy your Stairlift from a quality Stairlift Vendor
The best practice is to always look at purchasing from a local vendor so that you can approach them easily whenever you face a problem i.e. warranty issues, repair or maintenance issues.
We have learned through experience that some stairlift selling companies out there sell at an extremely inflated price.
When asked over the phone about the price, they will come up with a price that would significantly high.
Therefore, it is most appropriate to pay a visit to a physical shop and do a site survey so that you have an idea of a definite minimum price you will have to pay to own one.
When you are getting a quote, you will be more in control and feel comfortable if you are accompanied by a friend or a close family member.
It would be even better to have your professional OT with you while finalising the quoted price with the vendor.
Prepare Questions for the Stairlift Company Representative
Mentally prepare yourself before the company representative arrives at your home. If you have some confusion about purchasing your stairlift, write it down on a piece of paper. Also, you can write down any questions you have.
We recommend that on the representative’s arrival, you always ask about the maintenance cost they would charge you. This will help you in figuring out whether the company you are going to deal with is a reputable one or not.
Purchase from Reputable Companies
Keep in mind that all the reputable companies don’t force you to buy just because you have asked for a quote. Because they believe that as a potential customer you are under no obligation to buy from them.
If during the process of getting a quote, you feel that the vendor’s representative is forcing you to buy from them, or is giving a time-bounded offer, e.g. if you purchased today “ you will get 30% discount”, know that they aren’t a good company and only want your money.
All you have to do is to politely decline their request and ask for some more time by showing them the exit door.
If you hate regretting your purchasing decisions, always purchase a stairlift from a reputable company.
How do you know if the Stairlift Company is Genuine
The answer is simple:
They will never force you to buy, and they will never offer you low rates. Reputable companies always come up with fixed rates, and they won’t enter into any bargain with you.
However, they would be more than happy to make you feel comfortable about the quality of the stairlift and about the warranty. That representative of a professional company will give you the best option for measuring your stairs.
After doing all this (measuring the stair’s length and telling you a fixed price), they will hand over a written quote and will ask your permission to leave. Employees are trained to be polite but firm when giving you a quote. Their company should also emphasise to them that they should give the customer time to make a decision and reach out to the company when they’re ready.
Can You Get Government Sponsorded Funding for Buying a Stairlift?
Are you or someone you know disabled? If so, you can apply for a disabled facilities grant that is awarded by a local council under Part- I of Housing Grants.
Under this provision, your local council is bound to help the disabled person procure equipment to help them live a near-to-normal life.
Hence, you can either buy a stairlift or through the floor lift using the amount approved by the Council.
There is just one downside of depending on Council funding. This is: the process of verification and approval take a lot of time. Therefore, if you are in urgent need, you will have to look for some instant ways to purchase a stairlift.
Please note that this is just our opinion. For more information and explanation about the funding procedure, it would be wise to come into contact with either your OT or with your local council officials.
Types of Stairlifts: Straight, Curved and Hinged Tracks
A Straight Stairlift is the least expensive because it can easily be installed and is less complicated to a build It is the perfect solution for either a seat or a stand on the platform. It also provides flexibility in terms of installing it to either side of your house’s stairs.
Curved Stairlifts are an expensive option to move freely around your home. It is custom made by keeping in view the total length of each customer’s stairs. This is what makes it more expensive.
Naturally, for making something special and unique, the stairlift company will have to incur more costs. This is because they won’t be able to systemise their production process.
Curved stairlifts can also be installed on either side of the stairs.
When purchasing a curved stairlift, the company will likely ask you to deposit a major amount in advance. So it will be wise to have a bigger portion of the total cost readily available before you decide to buy one.
If you live in a small house, we recommend choosing a Hinged Track Stairlift. This is because it easily folds back to create room.
Hinged Tracks is made by keeping in mind the fact that some houses have a small space at the top or bottom of their stairs.
Both manual and powered types of Hinged Tracks are easily available in the market.
Buying a stairlift for the first time can be difficult. So, you may want to get the help of a loved one to ease the process.
Hopefully, we have been able to help you through the above-mentioned advice.
Do you have any more questions about buying a stairlift? Or do you have any extra advice for those wanting to buy? Please let us know in the comments below.