Compare Stairlifts

Purchasing a stair lift can be a considerable expense, particularly if you have curved staircases in your home or a spiral staircase.  Generally, there are two types of stair lifts.  These are:

  • Straight stair lifts – at around £1,500 these are the cheapest option, but they can only be fitted to stairs with no bends or curves
  • Curved stair lifts – at between £3,500 and £4,000, these can fit any type of staircase, including spiral staircases.  The cost is so high because these have to be custom made to fit each stair case.
Hence, if you are thinking of making such a purchase, it may be a good idea to take some time to compare stairlifts.

Compare Stairlifts – Buy or Rent

Many companies now also offer customers the chance to rent a stair lift, rather than purchasing one outright.  The pros and cons of this are:

  • Pros: you do not have to pay a large amount in one go.
  • Pros: if you have temporary limited mobility (for example due to breaking your leg), you will be able to return the stair lift when it is no longer needed.
  • Cons: you will be using a second hand stair lift, meaning you are not guaranteed quality.
  • Cons: renting a stair lift can be more expensive for longer term rentals.

Compare Stairlifts through Installers

If you are thinking of comparing stairlifts, one great way of doing this is by requesting multiple quotations.  For any major purpose, you are advised to request at least three quotations, and it is no different with stair lifts.  The benefits of obtaining several quotations to compare stairlifts are:

  • You will be given excellent information on which stair lifts best suit your needs and why
  • You will be able to ensure you are quoted the right price for the product, as the prices should at the very least be similar
  • You will be able to receive literature and documentation on stair lifts to enhance your knowledge on the product
No installation company should pressurise you into buying a stair lift and should be more than happy with you actively taking steps to compare stairlifts.  Many companies are also happy to at the very least match any quote you have received, which is all the more reason to receive several quotations.

Compare Stairlifts Companies

Another great way to compare stairlifts is by comparing the companies that offer them and what their values are.  For example, Handicare work in partnership with Age UK, the UK’s leading charity for the elderly.  They have a price match guarantee for any similar stair lift you may find.  And if you were to eventually purchase your stair lift through Age UK and Handicare, you would be contributing to a very important charity.

As you can see there are many avenues for you to look at when you want to compare stairlifts.  In general, though, the best advice is to look around and use your best judgement when it comes to purchasing or renting a stair lift: make sure you receive several quotations from different reputable companies and do not feel pressured into making a rash decision on the spot.

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