Domestic stairlifts are incredibly convenient investments, being especially useful for elderly people and those with mobility issues who would like to retain their independence and can’t afford to move to a more accessible home (such as a bungalow).
However, they are understandably a costly investment. What exactly do they cost, though? We’ve put together this brief guide for you, discussing the cost of a home stairlift and the various options available to you depending on your budget.
There are a number of factors that can affect the price of a new stairlift, which you should keep in mind when looking to purchase one. Firstly, is the stairlift for a straight or curved staircase? A stairlift for straight stairs tends to be a lot cheaper than a curved one, due to the fact that they are cheaper to manufacture and much easier to fit than trying to fit one to a staircase with bends or corners.
The length of the staircase also has an impact on the cost, with longer rails often leading to a slightly higher cost. Similarly, if there are any obstructions at the bottom of the staircase then this may also impact the price, as you may require a powered hinge rail.
With these factors in mind, the average cost of a new stairlift often starts upwards of £2,000. This includes installation and warranty.
Reconditioned stairlifts are pre-owned stairlifts that have been restored back to industry standard. This means that they look and work as good as new, yet for a heavily reduced price. Refurbished stairlifts are ideal for those looking for a more affordable solution to improve the accessibility in their home, without compromising on safety standards.
The cost of a reconditioned stairlift averages at around £875 as a lowest figure, though the same factors as those aforementioned will still apply (e.g. reconditioned curved stairlifts will be more expensive than straight ones).
If you aren’t in the position to buy a stairlift outright, or only require one temporarily, then you have a final option: stairlift rental. Opting to rent your stairlift allows you to spread the cost of having one installed in your home, especially if you don’t require it indefinitely.
This usually requires you to pay an initial deposit, which will cover the first few months of rent, then pay an agreed upon fee each month. This would typically be anywhere between £80-£150 on average, though this depends on your supplier and whether you have any additional extras included.
If you’re wondering what the cost of stairlifts and installation is in Leicester specifically, then get in touch with us here at Alfix. We provide an array of short, medium and long term stairlift rental options, with both straight and curved rail systems available for hire.