Although the most economical-seeming of mobility devices, stair lifts present multiple challenges with installation. The design of the rail needs to align with your stairway, and its power consumption shouldn’t interfere with the rest of your home.
Between looking at installers and considering the project yourself, take the following points into consideration before purchasing a stair lift:
Should You Do Self-Installing Products?
A growing trend in the mobility sphere is self-installing products. In one sense, a homeowner with sufficient building and electrical skills might be up for the task, but consider the following notion: As the system needs to effectively work, rather than break down or cause power outages, shouldn’t installation be done by a trained professional experienced with stair lifts up front to avoid this occurrence?
Finding a Professional
Companies with a local network of offices, such as Nationwide Lifts, can direct buyers to a team of professional installers. If you take this route or do a search on your own, be sure you can answer the following questions before making a final decision:
• How’s the feedback from past customers?
• How much do they charge, and is it on par with their competitors’ rates?
• Does the company do regular maintenance and repairs?
Within Your Own Home
Before a stair lift becomes part of your home, a handful of structural factors could pose challenges in installation. Stair lifts have a tendency to easily damage trip switches, so be sure you understand this part of your fuse box and know how to reset it when a circuit breaks.
Also take into account if the stair lift’s footplates will hit the steps underneath the stair and track. Because certain systems like Nationwide Lifts’ come with safety sensors, a footplate that easily bumps into a step could activate the stop button.
Thirdly, take alignment into account. If someone is standing on the stairs as the chair’s in motion, will the stair lift automatically stop? If so, an alignment issue with the staircase and lift could end up being present.