How Much is a Stair Lift?

how much is a stairlift

Buying a stairlift is something that can come at a great personal, financial cost but also bring with it a huge amount of freedom to that person’s life. A key question that someone who is looking to purchase one will always be “How much is a Stair Lift?”. This is because it can be quite daunting when you first start looking. From Brouchers, to ‘in house sales pitches’, TV Advertising and online adverts, it can seem like everyone wants to give you what you want for a different price!

Luckily at my age, it’s not something I have to personally worry about right now but I remember when I was younger and my Nan had one fitted into her house it was a total game changer for her. It not only let her feel more comfortable and free in her own house but it helped boost her confidence within herself but I remember as a family we went to quite a few places with her to make sure she found the best stairlift prices out there and available at the time.

As I mentioned above, all of this does come at a price which for some people depending on their time in life could be a bit of a struggle for them. A lot of us will have seen adverts on TV for the likes of Acorn, Companion and Stannah.

A number of factors also need to be considered when you are looking to purchase a stair lift for a property such as; the style of the staircase, are there any obstructions that may cause an issue when installing the system that may mean that remedial works (moving radiators and other structures etc) at the time of installation and of course not just the model of stairlift that you buy but also if it brand new or using reconditioned parts.

There are a number of options available when it comes to choosing what type of lift you want but they tend to be either:

  • Straight Stairlift – Around £1750
  • Curved Stairlift – Around £3700
  • Outdoor Stairlift – Around £2300 (though this cost can vary as it depends on the location of the outside staircase)

The above prices are all based on standard length staircase (so around 13 steps), include warranty and with a standard rail being fitted and no adaptation or remedial work needed. A survey would, of course, need doing at the start of your journey to buying a stairlift.

One important point to mention while we are talking about costs is that VAT is not applicable on stair lifts. This is because they are mobility aids and the ONLY time VAT would apply would be if it was for a company such as a care home.

Before making a decision about buying a stair lift, you should always shop around and ask questions about the true cost of the stair lift. It’s important that you do not confuse low price with being the same as ‘value for money’. The quality of the maintenance contracts and warranties offered by different suppliers also varies from place to place so it all needs to be considered as a ‘package’.

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