For people who have difficulty tackling the stairs in their home, stairlifts provide a viable alternative to a disruptive and unwanted move. Choice is not the problem in today’s market – quite the opposite – a wealth of products provides options for almost every personal circumstance and staircase configuration. The problem arises in defining which product, from the myriad available, will best meet the needs of your Bruno Lifts Monroe WI relative now and in the future.
This brief overview should provide you with an insight into the areas you need to investigate, questions you need to ask and things you need to think about, to choose the right stair lift.
Overview of the stairlift market
The UK stairlifts marketplace is amazingly crowded. There are around 12 major stairlift manufacturers all producing products aimed at a market that’s growing year Monroe WI by year. As the population ages the demand for their products has increased significantly.
Here’s the best way to go about buying a stairlift. Before you pick up the phone and call Stannah or Bison Bede or Minivator, talk to your friends and relatives. Do they know anyone who’s had a lift installed? If so, speak to them. Ask them about their experiences, the benefits and the drawbacks, Handicap Chair Lift Monroe WI if any.
Then get in touch with all the reputable companies that you can and start to compare their products and prices, keeping in mind that reliability and safety are the most vital elements. The web is a great place to start; all the major manufacturers have websites for you to view.
During the process of choosing a stairlift, grill the sales representative. After all, it’s their job to Monroe WI know everything about their products, be they curved, straight or outdoor. Talk about your relative’s staircase, about their particular mobility problems and about the budget you are working around.
Try to get hold of as much information as possible on the manufacturer and its products. How long have they been in business? Do they have full insurance? Try to read testimonials from genuine customers.
Ask them about after-sales. Monroe WI Once the lift is in place, how long is the warranty? Is it extendable and for how long? How much will this cost and what will they include? Ask them about the small print, some manufacturers will put a lifetime guarantee on their products. This sounds great, until you realise it’s just for certain components.
Then there’s service and support. If the lift breaks down, how quickly will Monroe WI the company get to you? Will it be their own stairlift engineers who visit or will the service be contracted out, so that you might have to wait a couple of days for the problem to be solved?
The Internet is a great tool to help you find out all you can about stairlift manufacturers. Look in the regular media for stories about them and check online forums, Monroe WI is anyone making negative comments? Stay clear of cold callers and take each lift for a test ride in the showrooms before you part with any money.
Buying the right stairlift means taking into account the needs of the user and deciding on the features that will be most important for them, not just today, but in a few years down the line.
If their needs are likely to Monroe WI change in the future, take this into account when deciding on the key features you are looking for.
Curved or Straight?
The next step, once you’ve whittled down the manufacturers to a manageable number, is to get company representatives in to assess your staircase. First things first: there are two main sorts of stairlift, straight and curved. Straight stairlifts are made for stairs without bends or half-landings. If your Monroe WI stairs are on a straight run, you’ll find you can save quite a bit of money on your stair lift.
If, however, you have a staircase with bends, corners or half-landings, you’ll probably want a curved model, which is a little less straightforward. Your lift rails will need to be custom-built for your staircase. Because of this, it’s wise to be sure that you definitely need a stairlift, Monroe WI as you will be unable to send it back. Your curved stair-lift will also be a lot more expensive than a straight version. Buying a reconditioned curved is also more problematic, although not impossible, as the rails will have been made for someone else’s staircase.
You do have the option of buying two or more straight models for your curved staircase. The user will have to perform a Monroe WI ‘mid-flight transfer’ between the two lifts and so is not always an ideal solution, but it could save money. The other downside of this method is the potential for paying more maintenance costs, owing to the upkeep of two motors. You could, however, install reconditioned models, making further savings over new. When buying your lift, you should also consider that you can buy different chairs for the Monroe WI carriage, get the option that is the best for you, making the ride as comfortable as possible.
The Sales Rep
A company representative will call, both to talk about the options that company has available and to assess the staircase. When the sales rep comes round to your relative’s home, it’s wise to be there yourself or to get another relative or friend to be there, too. This Monroe WI is because remembering information and asking key questions will be vital.
Watch the stairlift-company rep closely. They should assess the staircase thoroughly and ask all the right questions about your relative’s needs, particularly how easy they find it to get on and off the stairlift. Make sure they give you a quote in writing for the full cost of the stairlift, including installation.
Don’t feel pressurised when the Monroe WI rep is in your relative’s home. They’ll make it sound like theirs is the only stairlift manufacturer worth buying from. They’re only doing their job, but it doesn’t mean you have to buy from them. Talk to a few stairlift companies, it will help you come to a decision. If you find the stair-lift manufacturers just a little too biased, one great idea is to call an Monroe WI independent retailer like UK Stairlifts. They have no axe to grind and will give you impartial advice about the right stairlift for your relative’s circumstances.
Buying a reconditioned stair lift is another possibility. Reconditioned stairlifts are pre-owned. Both the stairlift and the rail have been refurbished and are virtually as good as buying a new stair lift, and your relative will usually get many years of Monroe WI good service. Buying reconditioned model is a very popular option. Most of the lift is brand new, with a new seat, new rail and a reconditioned engine that should be good for a few years. You’ll save around one-third on the price of a new stair lift.
However, you should be prepared to ask the supplier many questions about the stair lift. It’s always best not to buy Monroe WI a reconditioned stair lift that’s over 18 months old, to make sure it’s in great condition. Make sure you get a one-year warranty, too.
This brief guide should help you identify the main issues for you to consider and the questions you need to ask. Remember to do your research: about the needs of the user, the companies themselves and the products they offer.
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