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Guide to buying a stairlift

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If you find yourself struggling to negotiate the stairs, you may have decided to invest in a stairlift to help you out. Congratulations, the decision to purchase a stairlift for your home is a good step in the right direction, giving you more freedom and independence. However, it is probably the easiest decision of the process. What comes next is deciding what stairlift is right for you and is right for your home. Many people find this a difficult process since many don’t know where to begin. There is a lot of information and suppliers out there, some of it may be confusing. That’s why UK Stairlifts are here to help guide you in making that decision.

The first important thing to consider is what type of stairlift you will need for your home. The two main types of stairlifts are straight stairlifts and curved stairlifts. Straight stairlifts are for staircases that go straight up, with no corners or bends. Curved stairlifts are for homes with staircase that has corners or twists. Don’t worry if you have an unusually shaped staircase, as curved stairlifts are custom built to fit your particular staircase. For this reason, however, they tend be more expensive than a straight stairlift would be. If you’re still unsure which stairlift would be most suited for your home, look into having a home visit for a survey of your home. Most suppliers do this free of charge, but don’t allow any of them to pressure you into buying a stairlift there and then. You need to leave your options open for now, after all.

Next, you would need to decide whether you are going to buy a stairlift for permanent use. Or, rent one out for a small period of time. Obviously, if you have full-time mobility problems, such as arthritis etc. Then you will need to buy a stairlift to have in your home permanently. But if you only need it for a short while, for whatever reason that may be, you only need to rent a stairlift, which can usually be rented for a certain amount per week. This way, it’s much cheaper for you, and when you are back on your feet again the stairlift can be taken from your home leaving it as it was.

Another point to consider when buying a stairlift would be whether you would want a new stairlift, or would settle for a reconditioned stairlift. A reconditioned stairlift would cost less than a new stairlift, but you can only buy a full refurbished straight stairlift. A curved stairlift will require a unique rail, so cannot be bought second hand. However, you can buy a refurbished seat to go on the fitted rail.

Once all of this is decided, you need to begin browsing for companies. That sell stairlifts that fit your personal needs. Try getting quotes from a few suppliers instead of just one, many offer free quotes so there is no harm in this. Some may offer stairlift trials to give you piece of mind. That particular stairlift is right for you before it gets to your home. A good idea when deciding the right stairlift for you is to ask someone who already has a stairlift for advice.

You could ask them where they purchased their stairlift from, around how much did it cost, would they be happy to purchase the same brand again, etc. If you are still unsure, feel free to ring up certain suppliers or companies; they would be more than happy to help you with your decision. At UK Stairlifts, we are here to bring you free and impartial advice, we will not push you into any unwanted decisions.

Now you should information to get yourself started in the right direction. We wish you luck with choosing the right stairlift for your home. And don’t be afraid to ask for advice or support from us if you need it. We are always here to help.

Book your Free Stair Assessment today! If you wish to get in contact with us just call 0800 080 7997 alternatively, you can email us at: enquiries@ukstairliftprices.co.uk or use our Free Stairlift Assessment Form on the right hand side.

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