Stairlifts offer a simple yet essential solution to those with mobility challenges, but often come with a lot of concerns and questions.
With an increased number of people remaining mobile in their own homes for longer, stairlift installations have become increasingly popular over the past several years. It can often be seen as a minefield of information, with customers unsure of the overall cost and timeframe of a newly fitted stairlift.
In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at some of the key questions surrounding stairlift installations and how Three Counties Mobility can help find a suitable option for your home.
Stairlift Installation Requirements
There are a few things we need to assess at the property before establishing a potential cost for the installation. These factors often include:
- Is the staircase straight or curved?
- Is there power available close to the installation point?
- Are there any obstacles in close proximity to the stairlift?
- What is the max user weight of the occupant?
- Does the seat need to swivel?
Is the staircase straight or curved? – Although stairlifts can be installed across multiple staircases of all shapes and sizes, the cost is considerably more if a curved stairlift is installed. This is due to the unique shape of the tracking in which the stairlift is fitted too, and is often designed and manufactured to fit the specific staircase.
Is there power available close to the installation point? – Having a mains power supply close to the installation point saves time and money and results in a simpler installation for the stairlift.
Are there any obstacles in close proximity to the stairlift? – Common obstacles such as door frames and bannisters can often affect the installation process, adding extra cost to the overall project. Bannisters can easily be removed, however door frames can hinder a safe clearance from the stairlift and must be assesses.
What is the max user weight of the occupant? – A safe user weight of our Bespoke stairlifts is 19.5 stone, however we are able to accommodate for users over the threshold. You can discuss this with us over the phone or live chat here.
Does the seat need to swivel? – Not always a requirement, but can be provided to assist the user with easier access to the chair.
Popular Customer Concerns
As well as the practicality of the stairlift installation, customers often show concerns with other deciding factors, such as damage to the wall or staircase as well as the overall cost. Popular concerns tend to include:
- How is a stairlift attached to the stairs?
- Will there be visible damage to the wall/stairs?
- How long does a stairlift take to install?
- How much can I expect my stairlift installation to cost?
- How can I best care for my stairlift?
How is the stairlift attached to the stairs? – For stairlift installations, a track is attached on brackets to the wall for support, keeping the stairlift rails elevated from the stairs. The brackets are attached to the treads of the stairs with 2 to 5 screws per bracket ensuring no damage to the bannister or walls surrounding the staircase.
Will there be visible damage to the wall/stairs? – There is a very common question that is very rightfully asked. To give your stairlift all the strength and rigidity it needs, the tracking will be screwed into the staircase rather than supported onto the wall. This provides an easier installation that often results in no visible damage to the stairs.
How long does a stairlift take to install? – Once a suitable solution is established, the stairlift installation process can be completed within just a few hours of arrival with all tracking, fittings and chair. Curved staircases are more time-consuming due to the unique nature of the installation, however stairlift installations often only take 3-6 hours.
How much can I expect my stairlift installation to cost? – As we’ve discussed throughout this post, there are many deciding factors that affect the overall cost of a stairlift installation. Straight staircases are by far the easies and most cost affective to fit, with curved staircases often reaching close to £6,000 per installation. Our straight stairlifts here at Three Counties Mobility start from £1,799 and come with a 2 year service plan as standard. You can find out more here.
How can I best care for my stairlift? – There are many easy techniques to help maintain the health of your stairlift, from regular dusting to keeping obstacles clear of the pathway. If you find yourself experiencing any difficulties whilst looking after your stairlift, consult with your retailer or service provider for more information.
The First Steps to Begin Your Stairlift Process
With some of the most popular questions answered, we’re hoping you feel a little more confident in what to expect when it comes to stairlift installations. Three Counties Mobility are proud to offer free home assessments to our customers across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex and Suffolk and have made it easier than ever to book a home visit. You can discover more information as well as book your home assessment via our website stairlift page here.
If you’d much prefer to discuss your requirements with a member of staff over the phone, you can contact us on 01767 686 229.