If you believe you would benefit from having a stairlift installed at home, you may be wondering how to begin your search. At Alfix, we know that installing a stairlift can be life-changing for many people with restricted mobility, which is why we’ve created a mini guide to choosing the right stairlift for you. Our team of experts are on-hand to discuss your requirements and circumstances in more detail, but it pays to have an understanding of the options available. Below, find our introductory guide to choosing a stairlift.
Renting vs buying a stairlift
One of the first questions you need to answer is: would you rather rent or buy a stairlift? This is a personal choice that will depend on a variety of factors, including your budget and how long you require the stairlift for.
This is something you should consider in detail and talk to your stairlift supplier about, but as a general rule, it depends on whether you need a stairlift temporarily or permanently. If you only need a stairlift in your home for a year or less, renting may be the best option for you. Any longer than that, and investing in a stairlift may be more cost-effective.
New vs reconditioned stairlifts
Choosing between a new or reconditioned stairlift is another decision you will need to think carefully about. There are benefits to both new and reconditioned stairlifts, but again, it’s really a personal choice.
There are two main factors to consider when deciding between a new or reconditioned lift: design requirements and budgetary restrictions. If you require a bespoke design with exact specifications, then you will likely need a brand new staircase. However, if you are hoping to save money, a reconditioned lift may be a better choice.
Straight vs curved stairlifts
Depending on the type of staircase you have, you will require either a straight or curved stairlift. If your staircase curves, you will need a stairlift installed that can turn corners. There are many great companies that can design and manufacture custom models according to your requirements, but it’s worth noting that a curved stairlift may be more expensive to install than a straight one.
This may also affect whether you buy a new or reconditioned stairlift. If your staircase has lots of twists and turns, you may need a bespoke model designed and manufactured according to specific requirements.
With over 20 years of experience, we at Alfix are proud to have helped many people in Warwickshire and beyond find the right stairlift for their requirements. Whether you need a bespoke stairlift or you’re looking to purchase a reconditioned model, you needn’t look further than Alfix for an installation company you can rely on. For more information about our range of stairlift services or to discuss your needs with our team of experts, get in touch with us at Alfix today.