Last Updated on October 13, 2021
How much does a stairlift cost?
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 stairlift is very high.
Depending on your needs, you may require a custom-made stairlift or just a plain straight stairway stairlift.
The reality is that several variables will affect the stairlift cost. These variables include:
- Does your home have straight or curved stairs?
- Do you need extra/special features on the stairlift?
- Do you want to buy a new stairlift or a reconditioned one?
- Are you eligible for a stairlift grant?
Below we consider these variables in more detail and how these affect the stairlift cost.
New Stairlift Prices
Reconditioned Stairlift Prices
Stairlift Rental Prices
£10 + a week
To get the most accurate stairlift price we recommend getting a quote.
Straight stairlifts are a lot more simple and easy to install, meaning they cost less.
To ensure you get the most appropriate straight stairlift solution for your needs at the most cost-effective price, we recommend you obtain quotes from several competing stairlift companies.
Remember, the cheapest isn’t always the best.
Average straight stairlifts starting price: £1950
Curved stairlifts require a more complex solution resulting in a higher price from:
– Bespoke design requirements
– Higher production costs
– Increased installation requirements
Average curved stairlifts, starting price: £4050
Outdoor stairlifts are one of the newest innovations to the stairlift market.
Outdoor stairlifts solutions unlock access to some of the most loved areas around the outside of the home. The enjoyment of spaces such as the garden is currently being denied due to accessibility issues.
It can be very distressing not only for the person involved but for the family to see loved ones prevented from enjoying access to their garden.
We highly recommend considering an outdoor stairlift as a way of unlocking access to the loved outdoor areas again, with the peace of mind of being safe around steps.
Average Outdoor stairlifts, starting price: £2250
Refurbished stairlifts are an excellent way for you to get a good quality stairlift for a lower price. We understand that not everyone wants to spend thousands on a new stairlift—especially when sometimes you can get just as good stairlift refurbished.
Refurbished stairlifts are used stairlifts that have once been used by someone else who has sold them to a company who have then fixed any old and worn parts on them, so they run just as good.
Refurbished stairlifts tend to only available for straight stairs as curved stairs need to be custom made. This is something you should keep in mind when looking for a stairlift. They are tested to a very high standard, so you can be confident that the durability and safety will not be in question.
Average Refurbished stairlifts, starting price: £1000
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Stairlift Cost Questions
Stairlift Costs Key Points
- These features may be necessary for you due to your disability, but if you know you don’t 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 complete details regarding VAT on stairlifts.
- 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.
- Everyone who needs to buy a stairlift should check this.
- 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.
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 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 complete 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. 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.
Summary Of Stairlift Cost
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. Ultimately, you won’t find out the exact price until getting a quote from a UK stairlift companies such as Acorn Stairlifts.
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.
A stairlift grant is a grant that you can get from your local council to help you buy a stairlift if you need it.
Many great stairlift companies out there are always happy to help you pick the right stairlift for you.
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