Analyze The Cost
Prices for stairlifts can vary dramatically depending on where you are looking.
Often, this is down to differences in staircase layouts, but as an average, a straight staircase with DMA is around £1850 for installation, with a two-year warranty provided as standard. According to Which.com, this is just under the national average of £2000, though it’s reckoned in unique circumstances, with a non-traditional curved staircase, this could rise to upwards of £6000.
Our advice to anyone looking to buy a stairlift is to get a detailed breakdown of all the options and extras you could potentially save on, or in the case of some of the larger national companies, potentially the extra rewards you could earn for a quoted price.
Do Your Research
Like most products, stairlifts are available from a number of different manufacturers, each with its own unique quality, pricing, and levels of reliability. Making the right choice can feel like an impossible task. Keep an eye out for the warranty, what does it cost? What are the terms and conditions? How long are you covered for? A healthy balance between cost, performance, and durability are key.
A stairlift requires a 13amp socket, if there isn’t one available close enough to the staircase, it’s likely you will be asked to arrange for the installation of one. The engineer would then conceal the wiring wherever possible, running the cable to the nearest plug point similar to that of a standard telephone or cable TV point.
Stairlifts don’t take up as much room as you’d think. All of our stairlifts fold flat against the wall when not in use, taking up approximately 300mm of space at its widest point. When not in use, it will be either at the top or bottom of the stairs in the ‘parked’ position, meaning only the track, at a low level, would be present on the stairs.This leaves the staircase almost entirely free from obstruction.
In order to maintain your stairlift’s quality and efficiency, we now use a basic D.C. power battery pack. These packs are housed within the stairlift, powering them safely, cheaply, and reliably. When the machine is not in use, it will rest either at the top or the bottom of the staircase.
At this point, the battery pack will recharge, very similar to the principle of a cordless telephone.
DMA Stairlifts, based in South-West England, have over 30 years of experience in selling, installing, and maintaining a range of high-quality stairlifts. With something to suit every budget, our friendly team is on hand to help you choose the right stairlift for your requirements. Get in touch today for your free quotation or for more information about our services.