If you’re finding it hard to navigate the stairs, then it may be time to start looking for a stairlift. Stairlifts are a good investment for your own or a loved one’s quality of life. Purchasing a stairlift is the first step you can make to gaining increased freedom & independence. The next step is deciding on what type of stairlift is best suited for you & your home. We offer a variety of stairlifts to better suit your needs. Finding a stairlift to suit your requirements can be a difficult process especially when you don’t know where to begin. If you’re stuck on finding the most suited stairlift for your needs, visit our page on Stairlifts London and learn more.
This is why DLSL has written this informative buying guide. We want people to inform themselves so that they can make a fair decision. With so much information on the market, it can be hard to separate the marketing jargon from the truth. We hope in this article, we can clear up some of the confusion around buying a stairlift. If you’re looking for new stairlifts in London & would likae more information about our Stairlifts London service, keep reading our article!
For many people, knowing that a loved one is suffering in terms of their quality of life can be difficult. Whether it be because of a health problem or suffering from reduced mobility, disabilities are hard to cope with. Making sure their home is suitable for their needs can be a hard thing to arrange. This is why providers like us want to help, since we know how hard it can be to see a loved one suffer.
A paper from the Habinteg Housing Association shows that there are over 1.8 million disabled people that are in need of a wheelchair accessible home but don’t have access to it. That’s 1.8 million people who are living life at a reduced level as they aren’t getting good quality of life. Indepenence also is also a huge aspect for someone isn’t able to function on their own without a stairlift.
Giving a loved one the ability to navigate their own home is truly something special. The act of doing so returns someone’s independence, improving their quality of life dramatically. Improved comfort, independence & freedom are all things that are usually regained when a home is made better accessible. We would all like to be able to do this for a loved one if it ever came to it, which is why we’ve written a few paragraphs below on things to consider if you find yourself in that situation.
The first thing you should consider is what type of stairlift you’re going to need for your home. There are two main types that make up most models on the market, those being straight stairlifts & curved stairlifts. Straight stairlifts are for stairs that go straight up onto the next floor, without using curves, bends or corners. This style of stairlift will be applicable for most homes since the general domestic home has a straight staircase. Curved stairlifts from DLSL are custom made for you, with curved rails for stairs with corners or curves. This makes them ideal for homes with odd shapes of staircases. Curved stairlifts use a bespoke rail the chair can ride on to slowly lift up to the second floor.
If you are in need of a curved stairlift and are curious of price points then you should inquire with your chosen stairlift provider as they will be able to survey your home and provide you with an accurate quote on how much a curved stairlift is going to cost.
Your next step is to be whether you’re going to consider a reconditioned stairlift if you’re eligible for such models. Instead of looking for new stairlifts in London, why not consider reconditioned? If you’re looking to save money on a stairlift, and are in the market for a straight stairlift then a reconditioned model may be ideal.
The provider will service and recondition the stairlift to make sure they’re up to scratch both visually and functionally to assure the product isn’t faulty or damaged. The stairlift is then suited for use again after a comprehensive re-haul of the operational parts. This is great for those looking for straight stairlifts, however, reconditioned curved stairlifts are less common as curved stairlifts use bespoke rails for the home it was installed in. Unless you just so happen to have the same curved staircase as the previous owner, the previous rail won’t fit into your staircase, making it unsuitable for reconditioned sale. You can, however, use reconditioned chairs & controls which can still save you money if the provider has them on offer.
Once you and/or your loved ones have determined what type of stairlift you need, you can then begin on finding a supplier. Choosing a local supplier is ideal as you want to be dealing with someone who is local as it’ll make servicing & installation easier. It also helps since you’re able to ask a local company if anything goes wrong.
A provider like Domestic Lift Services serves a wide variety of areas, from Amersham, High Wycombe, Oxford, Slough, Harrow, Watford, Reading, Chesham, West London & London. It’s better to go for a provider that has been established for a good period of time, since new companies may not have the experience or knowledge to provide a good service & product. A great idea is also asking people around you who may also have a stairlift and ask them who they’ve used so you can gauge other companies performances and see if they may be suitable for you.
If you’re looking for new stairlifts in London and would like further information about stairlifts that are going to suit your requirements, why not speak to our team of experts who can guide you to the ideal stairlift for you. Call our team on 01494 471430 or visit our page to find out more about our Stairlifts London service.
With hundreds of stairlift providers in London, it’s not an easy job trawling through the endless lists of small fry providers as well as private dealers who won’t be offering service worth your time. A lot of these people are out to make a quick buck, often hard selling to those that may not be in a position to talk back. Having a salesperson intimidate you into buying a stairlift is not fair or ethical. This is why DLSL always recommend authorised dealers when it comes to working with a stairlift provider. It’s important to find a professional company to work with since they’re providing you with a product that people will depend on to regain their independence. Stairlifts are such important things to those that need them, so it’s a wise choice to not cut corners in your search for finding a reputable & reliable company.
You might think that buying a stairlift from “that guy down the road” is a smart idea. In the long run, you’re running into a false economy. Buying a second-hand stairlift that hasn’t been re-conditioned through a proper company like DLSL means that you’re getting an unknown quantity when it comes to the stairlift since you don’t truly know the conditions that stairlift was kept in. Rather than guessing, it’s better to trust the professionals to do the scouting for you.
We’ve seen many homes with faulty stairlifts which have been bought & installed by people that don’t really know what they’re doing. They sell the individual a stairlift, and never respond to their calls when it breaks down. This can mean the loss of thousands of the individual, which is heartbreaking to see when it’s the case of a vulnerable individual who couldn’t fend for themselves in terms of a forceful salesman.
It’s important that they’re serviced and maintained to upkeep the operation & function of them. Because of this well-advised requirement, the need for an authorised dealer of stairlifts has never been more prominent since you aren’t going to get the choice of regular servicing from the private dealers who have sold a stairlift they’ve acquired & cleaned up. If they’re of private nature, they could easily block your efforts to contact them & forget they even know you. When you enquire with us, you’re entrusting to a company with decades of experience. Giving you the reassurance that you deserve when trying to find a stairlift.
Now the content above may throw you off on the idea of second-hand stairlifts but they aren’t all bad. There are professional outfits that will sell refurbished stairlifts that are as good as new. If you can get past the fact it’s been used before, re-conditioned stairlifts are a great way of saving money when it comes to acquiring a stairlift. The costs associated with a brand new stairlift can be hard to fit into some peoples budget, which is why DLSL give you the option to consider a reconditioned stairlift so that you’re able to find the best solution with, all things considered, budget, needs & requirements.
When you buy a second-hand stairlift from a private dealer, they won’t have gone through the stringent processes a professional outfit would have gone through in order to make sure the stairlift in question has been serviced, repaired & restored to the highest of standards. When DLSL sell a reconditioned stairlift, we make sure it’s been restored properly. We use manufacturer specifications to make sure it’s as good as it was when it originally left the warehouse. We only acquire stairlifts from households that have given us a reliable service history so that we know the stairlift is in superb condition. The last thing we’d want to do is sell faulty goods to our trusted customers.
It’s things only a proper company like DLSL would do like checking the condition of the used stairlifts they’re selling that you miss with a private seller as they won’t offer such a comprehensive and reliable service. We know a handful of private stairlift companies that operate under below-board pretences. It’s easy for them to undercut bigger providers since they’re usually cutting corners. DLSL are TSI & ELECSA approved, as well as regulated by Constructiononline which means that they are held to the highest standards when it comes to their service. DLSL take their responsibilities seriously and vow to always provide a service that is professional, ethical & transparent.
With a history stretching back 15+ years, DLSL has helped thousands of people regain their independence.
There are many questions you may have even after learning the fundamentals of stairlifts to better tell yourself. We’ve included a short Q&A in order to answer some common questions we get from our customers.
Controlling a stairlift is quite simple, regardless of the model you choose. You simply press a controller for up and down & the stairlift will begin to move to the desired floor. The stairlift will then stop automatically when it reaches the end of the rail. This cuts off all movement so you’re able to step off safely.
Stairlifts both curved and straight takes between 4 and 6 hours to install.
Stairlift installation doesn’t ruin your stairs! The stairlift rail needs to be drilled & installed into the adjacent wall next to the stairs so that the lift itself can run up and down the stairs. We drill a hole every 4/5 steps for a securing bracket that fixes the rail to the stairs. The rest of the work is in wiring and actually fitting the stairlift itself. If you ever choose to remove the stairlift, the holes left behind aren’t big enough to notice. If you wish, you can easily fill them with plaster or other hole filler.
Stairlifts are very safe to use, due to the number of strict safety standards that manufacturers have to adhere to. Seatbelts on stairlifts are mandatory, with sensors on all sides of the lift. Stairlift manufacturers use sensors in their lifts making sure that constant pressure is applied during the movement of the stairlift. This makes them essential as a safety measure as it stops any accidents from occurring.
Stairlifts are made to fit any staircase, whether it be cornered or straight! Curved stairlifts are made for stairs with corners, utilising a curved rail to navigate up and down the stairs. Curved stairlifts take more time to install since a custom rail has to be fitted & mounted.
Stairlifts need regular servicing as there are moving parts that should be maintained. Services should be carried out to make sure that proper function isn’t hindered by broken parts. A professional technician will service your stairlift, making sure everything is working as it should.
Stairlifts are usually used every day on multiple occasions, making it a piece of equipment that is regularly used. For that reason, stairlifts should be serviced at least annually. This guarantees the proper function of the stairlift so you don’t have to worry about it malfunctioning.
Stairlifts tend to go up & down the stairs at a gradual pace to make sure safety. Faster speeds can be dangerous if anything is caught or not secured properly. There are plenty of other safety measures like trip & fall sensors, making stairlifts safe to use.
Stairlifts can be made to fit any type of staircase that you may have in your home. From straight to curved to segmented, all types of stairs can be catered for. A custom rail has to be built for curved & segmented staircases, so these may incur more cost. Straight staircases are easier to manufacture & install since it’s only a single straight rail that has to be built.
Stairlifts are a necessary aid for a lot of people with health complications & injuries. For those that struggle to navigate the stairs in their own home, stairlifts are there to help you. They may seem expensive at first, but when you consider the gain in your quality of life, it’ll seem like a worthwhile investment. Independence is a huge thing for a lot of people, and it’s amazing to re-gain that when it’s been a lost hope.
Re-conditioned stairlifts are a great option for those on a tighter budget. Reconditioned stairlifts are as safe as new ones. As long as the provider you’re working with has carried out the proper processes to refurbish & re-condition the stairlift, the stairlift should be restored to a “fresh from factory” state.
The cost of a stairlift really depends on what type you need, and what your requirements are. Curved stairlifts tend to be more expensive as they use a custom rail that’s built to specification. We really can’t offer an overall estimate since every stairlift is different. Labour costs will also differ from house to house since some will be harder to fit than others.
Servicing stairlifts can be as easy as contacting the provider of the stairlift. For proper maintenance of stairlifts, we would recommend an annual service.
If you’re in London & you’re looking for a reliable stairlift provider, DLSL are here to help! With thousands of happy customers & years of experience in the sector, DLSL can help you. We give the perfect stairlift suggestions for your needs. Searching for new stairlifts in London? Want more information? Visit our page on our Stairlifts London service or speak to our team on 01494 471430
Robin is a content producer for DLSL and has been writing for the company for years. Robin has a keen eye for bringing industry news to consumers in an easy to understand manner.