If you need to buy or rent a UK stairlift, your first thought is likely to be how much it will cost. It’s no secret that the expense of the stairs lift is very high. You can require a custom-made stairlift, or you may get away with a plain straight stairway, depending on your needs and the escalators in your house.
The reality is that a variety of variables affect the stairlift cost. These factors include:
- Does your home have straight stairs?
- Does your home have curved stairs?
- Do you need extra/special features on the stairlift?
- Do you want to buy a new stairlift or an old one?
- Can you get a stairlift grant?
Below we will look at these factors in more detail, and how the stairlift cost may change for each.
Straight Stairlift Prices
If your home has a straight staircase, then you will be able to buy a straight stairlift. Straight stairlifts are a lot more simple and easy to install, meaning they cost a lot less.
Based on who you choose to buy it from, the price of a straight stairlift can change. You should reach out to a few vendors, and each should receive a quotation. This is so you can weigh up each side and be sure about getting the best value. Remember, the cheapest isn’t always the best.
Average Straight stairlifts starting price: £1950
Curved Stairlift Prices
If your staircase is curved, then you will need to buy a curved stairlift. Those kinds of stairlifts are more expensive since they must measure the steps and a stairlift made appropriately.
Average Curved stairlifts, starting price: £4050
Does Your Stairlift Need Extra Features?
Extra stairlift features may include:
- A special stairlift chair/seat to meet the needs of the user
- A joystick to operate it
The cost of a stairlift can go up by quite a large amount if you require special features. These features may be necessary for you due to your disability, but if you know you don’t really need them, don’t buy them.
This will help to reduce the stairlift cost.
Do I pay VAT when buying a new Stairlift?
Make sure to check VAT on stairlifts as you may be eligible to pay no VAT as this is a mobility product.
Please check with the manufacturer to get full details regarding VAT on stairlifts.
PLEASE NOTE IF YOU ARE CLASSED AS DISABLED OR CHRONICALLY DISABLED YOU SHOULD NOT PAY VAT ON YOUR STAIRLIFT AND INSTALLATION COSTS.
What is the cost of Running a Stairlift?
The electricity used to power a stairlift is not a lot. The typical electricity bill from a Stairlift would be around £5-£10 depending on use, stair length etc.
Are You Eligible for a Stairlift Grant?
If the stairlift cost is too much for you, check to see if you’re eligible for a stairlift grant. In fact, everyone who needs to buy a stairlift should check this.
Persons with disabilities are given disabilities grant that needs a stairlift but cannot continue to cover the expenses alone. This is called the Disabled Facilities Grants. All you have to do is apply for an application to your local council, and they will assess your situation.
You can learn more about this option by reading our Definitive Guide to Stairlift Grants.
So, how much does a stairlift cost? Ok, you realise that the expense would not be too high if you have straight stairs. But curved stairs require a curved stairlift, which is substantially more costly.
If you want to try and cut down the cost of a UK stairlift, you can look for used stairlifts, buy a more basic model (i.e that has fewer features) or see if you are eligible for a stairlift grant. All of these options could save you a small or considerable amount, every penny matters.