If you’re finding it hard to navigate the stairs, then it may be time to start looking for new stairlifts in London. Stairlifts are going to be a good investment on your own a loved one’s quality of life to purchase a stairlift. The decision to purchase a stairlift is the first step you can make to gaining increased freedom and independence. The next step is deciding on what type of stairlift is best suited for you and your home since there are a variety of types that may be better suited for your needs. Finding a stairlift to suit your requirements can be a difficult process especially when you don’t know where to begin. This is why Domestic Lift Services has written this informative buying guide for people to inform themselves so that they can make a fair decision. With so much information from a wide range of suppliers on the market, it can be hard to separate the marketing jargon from the actual truth. We hope in this article, we can clear up some of the confusion around buying a stairlift. If you’re looking for new stairlifts in London and would like more information about our Stairlifts London service, keep reading our article!
The first thing you should consider is what type of stairlift you’re going to need for your home. There are two main types that make up most models on the market, those being straight stairlifts & curved stairlifts. Straight stairlifts are for stairs that go straight up onto the next floor, without using curves, bends or corners. This style of stairlift will be applicable for most homes since the general domestic home has a straight staircase. Curved stairlifts are usually custom made for homes that have stairs with corners, making them ideal for homes with odd shapes of staircases. Curved stairlifts make use of a bespoke rail the chair can ride on in order to bring the lift up to the second floor.
It’s a general assumption that curved stairlifts are more expensive than straight stairlifts, and this would be correct in most instances as curved stairlifts have to be custom built for the home it’s being installed in. Straight stairlifts can be easily installed but a custom rail will have to be made for any curved stairs. If you are in need of a curved stairlift and are curious of price points then you should inquire with your chosen stairlift provider as they will be able to survey your home and provide you with an accurate quote on how much a curved stairlift is going to cost.
Your next step is to be whether you’re going to consider a reconditioned stairlift if you’re eligible for such models. Instead of looking for new stairlifts in London, why not consider reconditioned? If you’re looking to save money on a stairlift, and are in the market for a straight stairlift then a reconditioned model may be ideal. These are models that have been used in other peoples homes and have been brought back by the provider due to short-term uses. The provider then services and reconditions the stairlift to make sure they’re up to scratch both visually and functionally to assure the product isn’t faulty or damaged. The stairlift is then suited for use again after a comprehensive re-haul of the operational parts. This is great for those looking for straight stairlifts, however, reconditioned curved stairlifts are less common as curved stairlifts use bespoke rails for the home it was installed in. Unless you just so happen to have the same curved staircase as the previous owner, the previous rail won’t fit into your staircase, making it unsuitable for reconditioned sale. You can, however, use reconditioned chairs & controls which can still save you money if the provider has them on offer.
Once you and/or your loved ones have determined what type of stairlift you need, you can then begin on finding a supplier. Local suppliers are going to be the ideal solution for this since you want to be dealing with someone who is local for when the stairlift is being installed and serviced. It also helps since you’re able to ask a local company if anything goes wrong. A provider like Domestic Lift Services serves a wide variety of areas, from Amersham, High Wycombe, Oxford, Slough, Harrow, Watford, Reading, Chesham, West London & London. It’s better to go for a provider that has been established for a good period of time, since new companies may not have the experience or knowledge to provide a good service & product. A great idea is also asking people around you who may also have a stairlift and ask them who they’ve used so you can gauge other companies performances and see if they may be suitable for you.
With hundreds of stairlift providers in London, it’s not an easy job trawling through the endless lists of small fry providers as well as private dealers who won’t be offering service worth your time. A lot of these people are out to make a quick buck, often hard selling to those that may not be in a position to talk back. Being intimidated into buying something is not what should happen, and is why we always recommend authorised dealers when it comes to working with a stairlift provider. When it comes to stairlifts, it’s important to find a professional company to work with since they’re providing you with a product that people will depend on to regain their independence. Stairlifts are such important things to people who need them, so it’s a wise choice to not cut corners in your search for finding a reputable & reliable company.
You might think that buying a stairlift from “that guy down the road” or off of Facebook may be a smart idea to save money, but in the long run, you’re running into a false economy. Buying a second-hand stairlift that has not come through a proper company like DLSL means that you’re getting an unknown quantity when it comes to the stairlift since you don’t truly know the conditions that stairlift was kept in. Unless you’re a pre-existing expert on stairlifts it can be hard to tell how a stairlift has been kept and if it’ll operate well. We’ve seen many homes with faulty stairlifts which have been bought & installed by people that don’t really know what they’re doing. They sell the individual a stairlift, and never respond to their calls when it breaks down. This can mean the loss of thousands of the individual, which is heartbreaking to see when it’s the case of a vulnerable individual who couldn’t fend for themselves in terms of a forceful salesman.
Stairlifts are residential aids that are made to be used for a prolonged, so it’s important that they’re serviced and maintained to upkeep the operation & function of them. Because of this well-advised requirement, the need for an authorised dealer of stairlifts has never been more prominent since you aren’t going to get the choice of regular servicing from the private dealers who have sold a stairlift they’ve acquired & cleaned up. If they’re of private nature, they could easily block your efforts to contact them & forget they even know you. With a professional company like DLSL, you’re given a team of highly trained individuals who are able to service your stairlift to a manufacturer grade level.
Now the content above may throw you off on the idea of second-hand stairlifts but they aren’t all bad. There are professional outfits that will sell refurbished stairlifts that are as good as new. If you can get past the fact they’ve been used before, re-conditioned stairlifts are a great way of saving money when it comes to acquiring a stairlift. The costs associated with a brand new stairlift can be hard to fit into some peoples budget, which is why DLSL give you the option to consider a reconditioned stairlift so that you’re able to find the best solution with, all things considered, budget, needs & requirements. When you buy a second-hand stairlift from a private dealer, they won’t have gone through the stringent processes a professional outfit would have gone through in order to make sure the stairlift in question has been serviced, repaired & restored to the highest of standards. In order for us to sell a used stairlift, we have to make sure it’s been reconditioned to factory level standards, using manufacturer specifications to make sure it’s as good as it was when it originally left the warehouse. We only acquire stairlifts from households that have given us a reliable service history so that we know the stairlift is in superb condition. The last thing we’d want to do is sell faulty goods to our trusted customers.
It’s things only a proper company like DLSL would do like checking the condition of the used stairlifts they’re selling that you miss with a private seller as they won’t offer such a comprehensive and reliable service. Private dealers aren’t held to the same high standards as companies like DLSL are, so it’s easy for them to undercut bigger providers since they’re usually cutting corners. DLSL are TSI & ELECSA approved, as well as regulated by Constructiononline which means that they are held to the highest standards when it comes to their service. DLSL take their responsibilities seriously and vow to always provide a service that is professional, ethical & transparent. With a history stretching back 15+ years, our team have helped thousands of people regain their own independence in their homes.
If you’re looking for new stairlifts in London and would like further information about stairlifts that are going to suit your requirements, why not speak to our team of experts who can guide you to the ideal stairlift for you. Call our team on 01494 471430 or visit our page to find out more about our Stairlifts London service.
There are many questions you may have even after learning the fundamentals of stairlifts in order to better inform yourself. We’ve included a short Q&A in order to answer some common questions we get from our customers.
Controlling a stairlift is quite simple, regardless of the model you choose. You simply press a control pad for up and down and the stairlift will begin to move to the desired floor. The stairlift will then stop automatically when it reaches the end of the rail, cutting off all movement so you’re able to step off.
Stairlifts both curved and straight takes between 4 and 6 hours to install.
A stairlift installation doesn’t ruin your stairs! The stairlift rail needs to be drilled and installed into the adjacent wall next to the stairs so that the lift itself can run up and down the stairs. Small holes are drilled every 4/5 steps so that a securing bracket can be installed to secure the rail to the stairs. The rest of the work is in wiring and actually fitting the stairlift itself. The holes that the rail fits into are not big enough to notice, and when removed are easily filled with plaster or poly-filler.
Stairlifts are very safe to use, due to the number of strict safety standards that manufacturers have to adhere to. Seatbelts on stairlifts are mandatory, with sensors on all sides to make sure that constant pressure is being applied during the movement of the stairlift. The moment pressure is lifted the stairlift will stop in the event a person accidentally falls off.
Servicing a stairlift can be as easy as contacting the provider of the stairlift. It’s recommended that stairlifts should be serviced on an annual basis, like a car so that any potential problems can be fixed.
Like we’ve said before, if you’re in the London area and you are looking for a reliable stairlift provider, Domestic Lift Services is here to help! With thousands of happy customers and years of experience in the sector, DLSL can help you with your requirements, giving you the perfect stairlift for your needs. Searching for new stairlifts in London? Want more information? Visit our page on our Stairlifts London service or speak to our team on 01494 471430