Stairlifts are a big part of many people’s lives. They allow those who need help getting up or down the stairs to live independently for longer. There are several ways to save money when you buy or own a stairlift.
These useful tips highlight the best methods to keep your lift costs to a minimum.
1. You Can Save Money By Buying A Reconditioned Model.
Are you looking at buying a stair lift? You might be wondering whether you should buy a reconditioned (secondhand) model. There are two main reasons why you might buy a reconditioned stairlift.
Costs are between 50%-60% of the price of a new lift. Do you think your lift will be used for less than a year? If so, this might be the best option for you.
More and more customers of ours choose a reconditioned lift for green reasons. Buying a used stairlift reduces plastic waste, carbon emissions, and many other environmental impacts.
2. Check If You Are Eligible For Government Funding For A Stairlift.
You should check if you can get a grant for your stairlift. Grants may cover other age-related modifications to your home too. There are a variety of funds available from your local authority. Check out our grants page for links to your local council. It is certainly worth a phone call to see if you have any funding available to you.
3. Keep Your Stairlift Plugged In!
This one may sound counter-intuitive, but keep your stairlift plugged in all the time. Stairlift batteries must be fully-charged all the time. The electrical draw from a stairlift is tiny, but if they are left unplugged the batteries will drain. If you are planning to be away from your home for more than three months you should pay to have the batteries removed from your lift until your return.
4. Get Your Stairlift Serviced Once A Year.
Common sense tells us to service our car once-a-year, to avoid breakdown costs. It helps to think of a stairlift in the same way.
A yearly service is needed to lubricate moving parts. The engineer will adjust for any settling in the stairs or stairlift rail. They check electrical components for wear and test any other parts that might wear out, such as plastic on the arm toggle. These annual checks will help to prevent issues that can otherwise be avoided from costing you money!
5. Call Your Stairlift Provider About Any Concerns Immediately.
A large part of the cost of a stairlift goes into providing 24/7 backup. Stairlifts are an essential item. Any reputable stairlift company will provide a high level of cover once you buy from them.