Installing a stair lift can mean the difference between continuing to live at home with independence restored and living in specialist, single-storey accommodation. For many people, the more difficult choice is which option to pursue; should they buy a new stair lift, or a reconditioned model?
There are a range of new stair lifts available, but it may surprise potential customers to learn that many UK suppliers also sell reconditioned stairlifts, an option which can be significantly less expensive.
Stairlift Costs – Making a Cost Effective Decision
Typically, refurbished stairlifts are fitted with a new stair rail and will have many of the features of new models. Remote attendant control, a comfortably padded seat and backrest, safety sensors and directional paddle switches can all be included with a 2nd hand stairlift. People with limited income may find this option by far the most economical; reconditioned stairlifts are typically half cost of a brand new stair lift.
It is worth checking with the supplier that their used stairlifts come with a one-year warranty to cover any mechanical problems. A maintenance engineer should call at least once annually to undertake safety inspections and carry out routine care.
With all stairlifts, whether old or new, the rails will need to be customised for each installation. Bear in mind that if a curved stair rail is necessary, the resale value of the lift will be negligible, even though the cost of manufacture is higher. Very few properties have identical dimensions, and curved stair rails are invariably custom made for individual homes.
Are Reconditioned Stairlifts Safe?
All reputable stair lift companies will hire or sell reconditioned stairlifts that fully conform to safety standards, and there is no need to worry that just because they have been used before there will be any functional problems with them. Reconditioned stair lifts come with a warranty just like new ones, and choosing one with a warranty of a year or more covers the user in the event of mechanical issues occurring.
The cost of new stairlifts has dramatically fallen in recent years, and it is possible to pick up a brand new product now for the same sort of price a used one would have cost less than two decades ago. As a result, there are plenty of excellent reconditioned stair lifts on the market.
Good stair lift companies will never compromise on the quality of their new or reconditioned stair lifts. Reconditioned stairlifts have all worn parts repaired or replaced and new cabling and rollers will be fitted and all parts thoroughly tested, giving the buyer complete peace of mind. Technical and safety specifications are met by any necessary upgrades, and British Safety standards apply to all products.
Trained engineers will install the reconditioned stair lift and if any problems arise in connection with the track, seat, footrest or anything else, they will be replaced as soon as possible.
Reconditioned stairlifts for sale or rent can be a very cost effective solution for any household member with temporary or permanent mobility issues. They are completely safe, and the company representative will be happy to discuss any questions you have during a home visit.
Choosing the Right Reconditioned Stairlift Model
The four most established manufacturers of new stairlifts for sale in the UK are Stannah, Acorn, Companion and Brooks. All produce excellent, robust and reliable products.
The overall price of a reconditioned stairlift will depend on the number of features included. Some stairlifts, for example, include a specially designed 'perch seat' for people who cannot bend their knees very far when they try to sit down. It is also worth bearing in mind that there are heavy-duty reconditioned stairlifts available for larger users. While a new Stannah Saxon stairlift may initially appear expensive, with prices starting at £1695, Stannah stairlifts have a maximum weight-bearing capacity of 25 stone. In comparison, a new Brooks Lincoln model can be installed from around £1,400, but the maximum weight allowance is only 20 stone. Brooks do offer a heavy-duty straight stairlift, but this is likely to increase the overall cost. In contrast, only Brooks and Acorn currently offer auto-powered swivel seats as standard.
Professionals in the industry advise against purchasing 2nd hand stairlifts older than 36 months, ensuring that wear and tear have not affected overall performance. However, we have experts on hand to offer detailed advice on the best options.
If you're considering renting a stairlift for more than a few months, we would encourage you to get a quote for a reconditioned second-hand stairlift as it's often a more cost-effective soluion.
For a quotation that includes all the features you need in a new or reconditioned stairlift, please complete the free assessment form today.