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December 2023 

Buying A Curved Stairlift & Curved Stairlift Prices In December 2023

How much does a curved stair lift cost

Curved stairlift prices can vary depending on curved stair lift models and the company you are buying from, you can expect to pay £4000 and upwards for a new curved chair lift.

The good news is that the running costs of curved stair lifts tend to be low, so once your curved stair lift is installed, you won’t need to pay too much more.

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Curved stair lift prices are significantly more expensive than a straight stairlift, which has an average price of closer to £2000. So you need to be confident that a curved stair lift is right for you before you buy.

Because of their lower prices, if a straight stairlift will work in your home, this is often the best option. But if you have a curved staircase, it is likely that you will need a curved stair lift.

The main reason that curved stairlifts tend to have higher prices is that they are frequently bespoke. This means the stair lift and its rail system are made individually to fit the layout and dimensions of the home of the buyer.

It takes time and effort to install to fit each individual staircase, in particular the curved rail. If you can use a curved rail that is pre made, rather than a bespoke one, it will be less expensive, although if you use materials like aluminium that can increase the price.

Many other factors influence the price of curved stair lifts. These include the brand, how many corners your staircase has, length of flights of stairs, and whether installation is included.

Generally, the more corners your staircase has and the greater the height of the stairs, the more money your curved stairlift will cost. But there are exceptions.

Here is a video demonstrating how a curved stair lift works.

Can stairlifts go around corners?

If you have a staircase with corners, there is good news and bad news.

The good news is that you can have a curved stairlift fitted to a staircase that has even quite a sharp curve or a narrow corner. Even some spiral staircases can have stairlifts fitted, for example. 

The bad news is that a higher number of corners in your staircase will substantially increase the amount you pay.

Corners in your staircase can necessitate purchasing a bespoke stairlift, which is more expensive than a standard model. Stairlift installation and fittings may also be more expensive if your stair case has many turns or corners.  Costs can also go up if you have a small landing area and therefore this needs expanding.  

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How can I ensure I get good value when looking at curved stair lift prices?

To make sure you get the best price for your curved stair lift, check for any hidden extras. Make sure you are making a fair comparison of prices between companies, to ensure you get a good value mobility solution.

Consider getting a warranty so that you can avoid repair and servicing costs in the future. Warranties and maintenance contracts can be an advantage, since you may be expecting to use your staircase lift for more than a year or two. 

Replacement parts and other long-term service costs and repairs can be a difficulty for those who decide to do without a warranty or service plan.

First, contact some of the leading stairlift companies. Many of them give a phone number on their website and will be happy to give you free advice over the phone and answer a question or two, or give a stairlift quote, if you get in contact.

Talking directly to stairlift suppliers and their stair lift experts will give you the most accurate and up-to-date information about curved stair lift prices. Some of them may also give information about the sort of curved stair lifts they offer on their websites, but it will probably be less detailed.

However, it is wise to first check some online guides to see the average price for curved stairlifts with various features. Compare each average price and different quotes among leading brands to ensure that you do not pay more than necessary for your stairlift.

Being informed about stair lifts prices first, especially curved stairlifts prices, is not required. But it will give you the upper hand if you need to negotiate with the seller.

And it is definitely worth attempting to negotiate; in fact, an independent survey from Which found that 34% of customers were able to negotiate a lower price.

Always ask for a breakdown of the price quotation so that you know how much you are paying for the track, the carriage, and the installation. This is a good idea whether you are looking at a curved lift for a staircase or a straight stairlift.

Use a company with a good reputation for professionalism, with several years of experience building bespoke stairlifts. Their engineers should have experience in building curved stairlifts in individual homes, not just straight stairlifts.

By doing a little bit of research and making sure the supplier you buy from is reputable, you can ensure safety and peace of mind in future.

It may be tempting to go straight for a well-known stairlift manufacturer like Stannah, Acorn or Handicare. But you can also search for smaller firms which may provide stairlift solutions to the same specification at a lower market price.

How much is a curved stairlift?

A curved stairlift typically costs between £2,500 and £8,000. The exact price will depend on the specific model, the length of the staircase, and any additional features or customization that you select.

For example, a basic model with a shorter staircase may cost as little as £2,500, while a high-end model with a longer staircase and additional features could cost up to £8,000. You can expect to pay more for a curved stairlift than you would for a straight stairlift since they are more complex to install and require custom-made tracks.

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Can I get financial help to buy a curved stairlift?

If you are worried about the cost of fitting a new stairlift to your curved stairs, check whether you are eligible for any financial aid with your mobility requirements. In some areas, a mobility grant may be available to help with stair lift costs.

If you are in the UK, you may be eligible for a disabled facilities grant. This can provide financial help to buy a new stairlift if that helps to ensure you are able to continue living in a multi-storey home with stairs.

Charitable organisations also offer financial assistance to some individuals, and council house and housing associations tenants can try contacting their local authorities to apply for support.

You do not have to be the person who is going to use the stairlift to apply. An application can also be made by a landlord to install a stairlift for a disabled tenant if they require one. However, the person who is going to use the stairlift needs to be planning to stay in the location for at least five years. Without this commitment they will be ineligible for the disabled facilities grant.

You must make your application for financial help before the work begins. It is no use applying when your lift stairs are halfway to being installed, as the eligibility criteria do not cover such purchases.

You might also have to have the property assessed for suitability. Factors such as the age and condition of the property might affect the outcome.

You might not have to pay VAT on the cost of a stairlift – this is called a VAT exemption. Getting a VAT exemption could save you twenty per cent of the cost, which makes a big difference, considering stair lift cost usually runs into the thousands.

A full VAT exemption is available for people with impaired mobility or who are otherwise disabled. Others suffering from some medical conditions may still qualify for a reduction.

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Also, some stairlift companies offer low-interest financing on their products.

What research should I do before buying?

Acorn and Stannah lift services are some of the best-known stairlift ranges. You could consider contacting them first- perhaps request brochures to get an idea of stairlift prices and the range of features available.

Even if you do not end up buying from them, you can benefit from their experience. Reading their brochure and receiving their advice can help you work out what choice is going to suit you and your stairs, and as large established companies you can guarantee that the information will be sound.

Arrange for one or two companies to come to your home. (This may not be possible in the short to medium term due to the impact of COVID-19. Ensure any company providing home visits has implemented safety precautions.)

Many will give a free assessment of the staircase or staircases you want to install the curved stairlift on; surveyors will look at the area of your staircase and consider the risk of collision between the chair, the users knees, and any surrounding obstacles such as a radiator/ radiators and bannisters. These obstructions will be altered or removed by the engineer during installation to provide space for the stairlift to function and to avoid the risk of accident.

Many stairlift manufacturers will be keen to discuss what you need. Their industry experts can explain their product offers, including the different features and types of designs of each of their stairlift models. This can include a swivel seat, a power swivel seat, joystick controls and a control button, a footrest, and other options.

Please don’t forget to try out the seat (or get the prospective stairlift user to) since every stairlift model might be different and suit different people with regard to comfort. The average person will need to get from the bottom to the top of their stairs many times every day, so you will want to ensure that the stair lift or  standing stair lift model you choose provides a pleasant experience every time.

The weight capacity of stairlifts can differ, so if this is likely to become an issue, look into high-capacity options before making any purchases.

It can be useful to note the name of each model you discuss and make a shortlist of your top stair lift choices. Include the stair lift price and main features to compare between the different alternatives.

Also ask around among your friends and family. It is possible that they also have some experience of stairlifts and can guide you on the benefits of each type.

If you find that more questions come to mind after a home visit, don’t be afraid to follow up with another telephone call. Write down questions as they occur to you so that you don’t forget them.

You might be able to get the direct phone number of the installer who comes to visit you. If so, you will have the advantage of being able to contact someone who is familiar with the details of your installation.

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Should I buy a second hand or reconditioned curved stairlift?

Buying a reconditioned, used stairlift or a second hand stairlift could also be an option if you need to reduce costs, but you need to be very cautious here. Used curved stairlifts may not come with a warranty. You can also look to see if a stairlift rental is possible- renting may be a better deal if you have short-term mobility needs.

Curved stairlifts are usually custom built to fit each customer’s home. So it may be impossible to find a used curved stair lift that will fit your particular staircase adequately.

It is a good idea to ask about reconditioned stairlift models the company might have in its collection which would fit your stairs. During home assessments of your staircase is a good time to ask about this.

If you are lucky, there might also be a returned or display stairlift available. This might be almost new, but available for you to purchase at a reduced price.

If you are thinking of buying the curved rail and the stairlift carriage separately, make sure that the models are compatible. This is easiest if all the parts come from the same stairlift company since you can contact them with questions about individual products.

IYou should steer clear of second hand stairlifts being sold by individuals who are not affiliated with a reputable company. Though these look like bargain deals, you cannot be certain- without an expert assessment- that a second hand curved stairlift will safely fit your home. To ensure reliability and conformity to health and safety, avoid these sellers.

When should I get a curved stairlift?

As you have probably guessed by now, the process of getting a new or reconditioned curved stairlift can take some time. So it is advisable to start shopping around and asking for advice before your need for the stairlift becomes too urgent, and you don’t have to make a decision under pressure.

If you are applying for financial help, remember that it can take some time for your application to be processed. Don’t leave it until the last minute, or you could be saddled with unnecessarily higher costs.

It is also worth planning when the installation will take place so that it does not cause disruption for you and your family. It might be best to do this at a time when family members are available to help oversee the process.

Buying a stairlift with a curved track is a little more complex than choosing a straight one, especially if you have narrow stairs, but don’t be daunted by the process. There are many people who can answer your questions and help you find the curved stairlift that will suit you best.

A good quality curved stairlift can give you the freedom to live independently at home, and with the help of the information and advice provided here, you should be well equipped to begin your search with ease. We wish you the best of luck in finding an excellent curved stairlift and completing the installation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a curved stairlift?

A curved stairlift is a type of mobility aid designed to aid individuals with limited mobility navigate staircases with curves or turns safely. In contrast to straight stairlifts, which are designed to fit on a straight staircase, curved stairlifts are custom-made to fit the exact dimensions and shape of the curved staircase they will be used on.

How much do curved stairlifts cost?

The price of a curved stairlift can vary based on several variables, including the length and complexity of the staircase, the lift’s weight capacity, and the features and customisation options selected. On average, expect to pay between £3,000 and £10,000 for a curved stairlift. However, the price may be higher or lower depending on the particulars.

Can I get financial assistance to help pay for a curved stairlift?

In some instances, financial assistance may be available to help cover the cost of a curved stairlift. Depending on the individual’s specific circumstances, some insurance policies or government programmes may cover all or part of the cost. Check with your insurance provider or a reputable stairlift provider to determine if you are eligible for financial assistance programmes.

Are curved stairlifts worth the investment?

Curved stairlifts are a worthwhile investment for individuals with limited mobility. They can increase independence and safety by making it easier for people to navigate the stairs in their homes. In addition, the cost of a curved stairlift is frequently less than the expense of relocating or making extensive home modifications to accommodate limited mobility. Ultimately, the investment value of a curved stairlift will depend on the individual’s specific needs and circumstances.

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