Once the particular stairlift has been purchased for your relative, we at UK Stairlifts feel it’s important to tell you about the process of the stair lift installation. Customers may even be able to install the stairlift themselves.
Straight Stair Lifts
The installation of straight stairlifts is a very simple process and takes less time, generally about one to three hours. However, it is a growing trend to make stair lifts that can be installed by the customer themselves. Engineers never really install a stairlift fixed to the wall. With the exception of a curved stairlift.
Curved Stair Lifts
The installation process for curved stairlifts is much more complex than that of straight stairlifts as curved stair lifts are tailor made for each customer. Professionals will nearly always install these stairlfits because of the various complexities. Most likely, customers would not be able to install curved stairlifts on their own. Our curved stairlifts are sometimes braced the walls though this is not usually the case.
Things to remember
If you own a battery-powered stairlift, it is highly unlikely that you will require an additional electrician at the installation. However, most of our stair lift engineers are qualified electricians in addition to their engineering qualifications.
In regards to fixing the stairlift to your staircase tread, for carpeted stairs the screws are just simply screwed through the carpet and pad so there is no need to get a new carpet once the stairlift is installed. Stone and concrete stairs are more difficult to fix to but nothing is an obstacle for our engineers!
Our engineers take pride in their clean, no mess installations and will leave your house looking untouched, apart from the stairlift of course.
Once the stairlift is installed your stairlift will not take up much room as almost all modern stair lifts are compact built.
Installing a Stairlift
If you suffer with arthritis or other joint affecting conditions, then installing a stair lift in your home may be the best way to take a break from putting too much stress on your joints. You can usually install a stairlift in less than one day, usually within a few hours.
The great thing about installing a stair lift is that it does not take up too much room and can be simply attached to the thread of your stairs. There is no need for a home renovation! Installing mobility equipment such as a wheelchair lift is only a ‘one off’. So after you have had it installed, you can use it forever. The cost of mobility equipment has also decreased as advances in technology have ensured that mobility aids are easier to make and manufacture. Once mobility products are installed, you will gain a sense of freedom that you did not have before. You will no longer have to struggle up and down your stairs and you will not experience any unnecessary stress such as thinking you may need to move home or pay for home help.
Stairlifts can fit neatly into any home!
Installation of equipment will not damage any of the walls. This is because engineers install lifts to the stair tread and not the wall. In addition, you will not have to replace carpets as the screws are screwed through the carpet – our engineers will never pull your carpet up! Concrete and stone steps may be more difficult, but nothing is too much of a challenge for our engineers. Our engineers are highly qualified and are also trained as electrical engineers so rest assured that you are in capable hands. They will even remove their shoes or bring two pairs of shoes (one outdoor, one indoor) so your home remains clean and tidy. Once installed, mobility aids are relatively easy to operate. An engineer will explain all of this to you before they leave.
Stair Lift Removal
Once your stair lift has served you, your friend or relative, you may be asking yourself, what comes next? It’s hard to find help at this stage, however, UK Stairlifts are here to help. We understand that at some point, a stair lift will eventually become unused, whether this is due to the user regaining their mobility, moving house, or in more unfortunate cases, passing away. To help you in this difficult time, we provide a removal service to have the stairlift taken out and disposed of. However, if you are lucky enough, you might be able to sell your stair lift on so it can help another disabled person.
If you have enquired about reselling your stairlift and it has not been possible, then our removal service may still be available for you. If you are calling in or filling out the enquiry form on the right of this page, make sure you provide the make and model of your stair lift, its age and condition and then we will be able to provide you with an accurate quote on the price of removal. Unfortunately we do not offer a free removal service at present.
Reselling and/or removing your stair lift is a big decision. Thus it requires a lot of thought and consideration. So, if you require any help in making your decision, or if there’s anything that you’re unsure of, please get in contact with us.
Reselling your Stair Lift
No matter how old, or how used your old stair lift is, always ask about buy backs. You never know if your stairlift might be worth something to us! There are many factors involved when deciding if your stair lift is worth selling.
The age of the stairlift is a very important factor. If the stair lift is quite an old model, then you might find that it is obsolete. As a result, it can’t be sold on. However, if your stairlift is either 4 years old or less, then you will have a good chance of selling it on. You should get more money for a younger stairlift. This is because individuals have more trust in a newer model.
The quality of the stair lift is also very important. You may find that, if you have misused and mistreat your stairlift, you won’t be able to sell it on. Usually, the retailer will bring the stair lift up to standard if there are any faults or marks on the stairlift. Meaning, that when a customer buys it, it will be in good condition. If your stair lift has been treat well and still works, you will have a high chance of reselling.
Make and Model
There are two parts to this. Firstly by knowing the make and model of the stairlift we can judge the age of it. Thus helping us gauge it’s chance of reselling. Also, we are only able to resell certain stair lifts, so this will also let us decipher whether it is one we deal with.
Straight or Curved
Straight stairlifts are much easier to sell on than curved ones, this is because with a curved stair lift, the rail is bespoke to the users staircase, therefore is highly unlikely that it will match perfectly with another staircase. This means that although the stairlift would be refurbished or reconditioned when sold on again, it would be with a new track so more expensive to sell than a straight, therefore more unlikely for us to resell. However we are able to resell certain curved stair lifts so still enquire about reselling.
Finally, if you wish to get in contact with us just call 0800 080 7997 alternatively, you can email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or use our Free Stairlift Assessment Form on the right hand side.