Houses with stairs can become problematic as people age or suffer from an accident or debilitating illness. Then those stairs can become very limiting and can even cause people to consider moving from the home they have lived in for years. This can have a negative impact on their psychological health and create financial stress as well.
A better solution to this problem could be to purchase a stairlift. This can seem like a costly option, however, and many people on a limited income may be concerned about the cost. A cheaper solution might be to consider purchasing a secondhand or reconditioned stairlift.
Before making this important decision, it is wise to consider all of the factors involved in purchasing a used stairlift that has been previously used by another person. The following questions are a useful guide for research:
How will I benefit from a stairlift?
Consider how a stairlift could make your life easier. It could enable you to move safely and comfortably up and down the stairs, give you more independence and mean you can rely less on help from others.
What type of stairlift will fit my needs?
Reconditioned straight stairlifts can be purchased from reputable companies and can be installed on any straight staircases. It is possible to purchase a reconditioned curved stairlift. However, as curved stairlifts are custom built, you will need to pay to have a new rail made to fit the exact design of your staircase if it has curves or bends, which will push the price up. Seek advice from a reputable stairlift company to find out what type will be best for you.
How old is the secondhand stairlift being considered and does it come with a warranty?
When comparing the costs of a new stairlift with a used one, it is important to consider the age of the lift and whether it is covered by any type of warranty. We recommend that secondhand lifts be less than a year and a half old. The idea behind this suggestion is that newer models will have the most innovative designs and safety features. It is advisable to only buy a reconditioned stairlift that comes with at least a year’s warranty, so you are covered in the event of any mechanical issues.
For these safety reasons it is recommended that you purchase a reconditioned stairlift from a reputable company that has refurbished it and checked it is in safe working order, rather than a secondhand one from a private sale.
Although it may seem the cheapest option to buy a used stairlift from a private seller, remember you will have no comeback if it breaks down and it may cost you more money in the long run to pay to get it fixed.
Who will I get to professionally install the secondhand stairlift for me, and what will this add to the initial costs?
If you buy a reconditioned model from a reputable supplier, they should be able to install it for you and will include the price of this in their quotation for the stairlift. To ensure your stairlift is installed safely and is in good working order, it is important to get a professional to install it for you.
To get answers to your questions, it is prudent to get advice from an expert who can visit your home and assess your exact requirements. All the major stairlift companies we feature offer free home visits, where they can explain all the options available to you and tell you how much each option will cost. They will assess your needs and offer their advice for free, and you will be under no obligation to buy from them.
To arrange your free, no-obligation home visit, simply fill out the form on the right-hand side of this page and an advisor will contact you today.
Many people who could benefit from a stairlift are unaware that they could have one installed in their home and working properly within just a few days. Many people suffer needless pain for years before installing a stairlift just because they are afraid of the price. Though buying a stairlift may seem out of your budget, it is worth getting some quotes for a reconditioned stairlift from reputable suppliers, as the money saved can be significant and it may be cheaper than you think.