Reconditioned Stairlifts

Stairlifts are the ideal solution for people who are struggling to walk up and down their stairs due to mobility issues.  With so many types available, every mobility level is fully catered for.  This enables people suffering from all different types of disabilities to remain in their homes and keep a level of independence.  Reconditioned stairlifts are a cost effective way of obtaining a stairlift.

The Different Types of Stairlifts

Stairlifts come in two general types:

  • Curved stairlifts, which can go around bends and corners and can even be fitted on spiral staircases
  • Straight stairlifts, which have a single straight rail and are hence unable to go around any corners.
At a cost of around £1,500 for a new straight stairlift and between £3,500 and £4,000 for a new curved stairlift (including installation), stairlifts are a significant investment.

Keeping the Costs of Stairlifts Down

One great way of keeping the costs of stairlifts down is by opting to purchase reconditioned stairlifts instead.  This means that they have been previously owned and could be purchased at a significantly reduced price.  Purchasing reconditioned stairlifts, however, is only a cheaper option for straight stairlifts.  Curved stairlifts need to be bespoke, so even if they are reconditioned stairlifts, they will need to be specifically adapted to fit your staircase, which is one of the biggest expenses when purchasing a stairlift, reconditioned or new.

Another way of keeping the costs of stairlifts down is by opting to install them yourself but again this is only really possible with straight stairlifts.

The Different Seating Arrangements on Stairlifts

Stairlifts generally have four different seating arrangements.  These are:

  • Seated stair lifts, whereby the user sits on a chair facing away from the wall
  • Standing stair lifts, whereby the user stands facing the wall
  • Perched stair lifts, whereby the user perches facing away from the wall
  • Wheelchair stair lifts, which are able to carry a wheelchair and user
If you are looking at wheelchair stairlifts, you may also want to consider reconditioned stairlifts.  Wheelchair stairlifts are incredibly expensive as they have to be made of very strong heavy duty materials and are also quite large in size.  Wheelchair stairlifts are almost always straight stairlifts, meaning that you would be able to find reconditioned models.

One of the benefits of purchasing reconditioned stairlifts for wheelchairs is that they have usually been owned by public buildings in the past.  This means that you are more likely to receive a stairlift that, although used frequently, has been very well maintained and serviced, as public buildings have to uphold health and safety laws and have a duty of care to their customers and service users.

As you can see, looking at reconditioned stairlifts is a great way to keep the cost of stairlifts down.  It is also possible to rent a stairlift, with these almost always being reconditioned stairlifts too.  Of course, it is important that you do keep quality and safety in mind and that the reconditioned stairlifts you are looking at have been well maintained and regularly serviced.

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