If you’re thinking about getting a stair lift installed, congratulations. You’re taking a step towards maintaining your freedom and mobility in your own home. But there are several things you need to know before getting a stair lift installed. And we mean any stair lift, not just ours.
The Stair Lift Must Be Customized For Your Stairs
You can’t just order a stair lift off of Amazon and have a local handyman install it. Stair lifts are complex pieces of machinery. The best way to make sure you get a stair lift installed that meets or exceeds your expectations is to schedule a stair lift installation consultation. At your consultation, the technician will do several things, including:
- Ask you who will be using the stair lift.
- Ask if the person wants to sit or needs to stand.
- Take precise measurements of your staircase, including the width of the staircase and how far the chair or lift will have to travel.
- Make note if you have a straight staircase or curved staircase
- And more
Size Matters When Getting a Stair Lift Installed
Size matters in more than one way when it comes to stair lifts. If you have a particularly narrow staircase, you may need a stair lift where the chair folds up. Or you may choose a standing stair lift, which can work well in a narrow space.
Many stair lifts or chair lifts only accommodate people who weigh up to 280 pounds or so. If the person who will use the stair lift weighs more than that, you need to get a stair lift designed for people weighing up to 350 pounds. Harmar Lifts has a stair lift that accommodates up to 600 pounds. Obviously, it’s important that you get a stair lift that will accommodate you or your loved one.
Stair Lifts Have Their Own Rail and Attach to Your Stairs
A lot of people worry that getting a stair lift installed will damage their walls. That’s not the case at all. The stair lift design allows the chair or platform glide up the stair lift rail. Your stair lift installation technician attaches the stair lift track to your stair treads, and not the wall.
Stair lift installation will not damage your home. It will add to the value of your home, and give you freedom to move up and down the stairs.
Getting a Stair Lift Installed Is Fast
In many cases, stair lift installation takes as little as 1 hour, with more complicated installations taking up to five hours. As long as your technician took precise measurements and the right stair lift for your home was ordered, installation goes quickly. Your installation appointment will also include the time it takes to show you or your loved one how to operate the stair lift safely.
Having a Stair Lift Installed is Affordable
In most cases, having a straight stair lift installed will cost $2000-$5000. A curved stair lift will cost more, at $10,000-$15,000. Either of those options is more affordable than moving to a one story home or a retirement community. And if you get a doctor’s prescription that says you need a stair lift for medical reasons, some of the cost is tax deductible.
If you’re thinking about getting a chair lift installed, make an appointment for a free consultation with one or more local companies. You can also do some research online to see what sort of stair lift will best suit your needs.