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Reconditioned curved stairlift

Reconditioned stairlifts in 2020

If going up and down the stair in your home is increasingly becoming difficult, which is the case for most senior people, perhaps you should consider installing a stairlift

Stairlifts allow users to manoeuvre around the house while maintaining their independence. This makes life much easier for a senior and anyone with limited mobility due to a disability or certain medical conditions. 

When it comes to buying a stairlift, you can either buy a brand new model or a reconditioned stairlift. There are pros and cons to each option. But in this text, we’ll focus on the latter.

1 – What Is A Reconditioned Stairlift?  

This is a used or damaged stairlift that has been renovated or fixed and later offered for resale. A stairlift is classified as reconditioned only if the work is carried out by the manufacturer or a manufacturer-certified supplier. 

2 – Why Choose Refurbished Stairlift?

a) Costs Less

This is the number one benefit of buying a refurbished stairlift. Instead of building the stairlift from scratch, all that’s needed is refurbishment. 

This reduces the cost of labour and the special materials needed, making it such a cheap stairlift.

b) They Are As Good As New

We tend to assume that all used things may have issues. But when it comes to reconditioned stairlifts, nothing could be further from the truth. 

They are factory refurbished to the same standards as new ones. Plus, the stairlift as a whole is rigorously tested to ensure it is functioning correctly and safe to use.

c) Eco-friendly

Instead of dumping used or damaged stairlifts in the landfill, refurbishing brings a second life to them. This reduces the amount of waste going to landfill, which in turn leaves a positive impact on our environment.

d) Support and Service Is Excellent

Most companies offer the same labour warranty and after-sale services for their refurbished stairlifts as they would with new ones. This provides the same level of quality assurance, thereby giving customers a piece of mind 

If you are looking to but a stairlift, you might find this video useful.

4 – Rules for Buying a Stairlift

As with any home improvements, you need to make the right decisions when buying and installing a stairlift. First off, consult with your Occupational Therapist to see if they agree that a stairlift is the best option for your situation. 

Then, don’t buy a stairlift without expert advice. 

A home visit from the company is necessary. The surveyor will take precise measurements to ensure the stairlift fits every millimetre of your stairs perfectly and adheres to safety measures. 

Take up that opportunity to find out about the different models available, financing options, and any other questions you may have.

5 – How Much Are Reconditioned Stairlifts?

The cost of a reconditioned stairlift will depend on a number of things, including the model, brand, type and length of the track, as well as any additional features that you may need to improve the stairlift’s functionality. 

Generally, reconditioned straight stairlifts are cheaper than the curved ones since you’ll need a bespoke curved track. In fact, you can expect each corner of your staircase to double the initial cost.

That being said, the average cost of a used stairlift is £1,990. 

Prices starting from as low as £875 for the reconditioned straight stairlift and £2975 for the reconditioned curved stairlift. Most prices are inclusive of installation costs and warranty.

6 – Paying For It  

Stairlift companies offer different financing options to make the purchase easier. Even so, stairlifts are fairly expensive items and a good number of people who need them require some financial help. 

If you have a chronic health condition or are registered disabled, you can claim VAT exemption. You may also be eligible for grants from your local government or social services. 

Some grants worth looking into include: 

7 – What Makes A Good Reconditioned Stairlift?

Once you’ve decided that a stairlift is the right option for you, it’s important to choose one that best suits your needs. 

With so many options to choose from, settling on one can seem like a daunting task. To help make the buying process easier, here are a few things to consider when buying a reconditioned stairlift: 

a) User’s Mobility

This is the most important thing to consider when choosing a stairlift. A mobility device should make the user’s life easier, safer, and more comfortable. 

Be sure to help the dealer understand the mobility needs of the user so they can recommend the best possible solution.

Used stairlifts

b) The Type of staircase

The size and shape of your staircase will also determine the type of stairlift you can have installed. For instance: 

  • Straight staircase

These are stairs with no curves, turns, or immediate landings. If this is the kind of stairs you have, then the standardized reconditioned straight stairlift should be perfect. 

This type of model is, by far, the most common, easy to install, and cheap stairlift available. With this stairlift, the entire assembly is pre-owned, including the drive unit, rail, and seat.

  • Curved Staircases

These stairs have turns, curves, or immediate landings. As such, a reconditioned curved stairlift is more ideal. Given that each curved staircase is unique, curved stairlifts are often custom-made to fit the specific home. In that case, the rail is brand new, but the power unit and seat are pre-owned. 

These types of models tend to be a bit costly than straight models.

A leading stairlift company will be able to support with all these types of stair cases.

8 – Outdoor Staircases

You’ll need outdoor stairlifts to access outdoor spaces like stairs up to your front door, down to the garage, out to the backyard, or around the patio. 

They can be straight or curved, although most manufacturers offer only the straight outdoor models. 

These models differ from the indoor stairlifts by being made of weatherproof materials to withstand the elements.

9 – Seating 

When it comes to seating, there are two choices to make: seated or perch stairlifts. Both options will swivel to ensure users can enter and exit the equipment safely.

  • Seated stairlift: This is the most common type of stairlift. It allows users to sit comfortably with their knees bent.
  • Perch Stairlift: These models are designed to support the user underneath the buttocks, thereby allowing them to stand with knees slightly bent. The seat is ideal for those who find sitting difficult or uncomfortable.

10 – Safety Features

 A set of safety features will help ensure user safety by preventing falls and injury. It’s important to make sure the stairlift you choose has them. This includes:

  • Seat Belts: A mobility device is required to have some kind of user restraint. The good news is most models come with seatbelts to keep users secure while moving. Some even include optional harnesses to provide a more secure restraint for the elderly who have trouble sitting upright.
  • Obstruction detection: These are electronic sensors that can detect objects on the rails and stop the device from ploughing through it. This helps to avoid injury to the rider or damage to the stairlift.
  • Keylocks: This is a key that, if removed, stops the device from operating. Keylocks can help prevent use by children, unauthorised use, or even use by others who might need supervision like an elder person with mental illness.

Refurbished stairlift

11 – A Reputable Stairlift Company

A reputable supplier will provide the same level of quality assurance on their refurbished stairlifts as that offered on their new ones.

In fact, most of them back this up by offering 12 months or more of full warranty. To ensure you’re getting the best deal possible, compare rates from multiple companies and read online reviews from independent parties. 

In addition, make sure the company is recognized as meeting the standards set by the British Healthcare Trades Association (BHTA) and the Office of Fair Trading (OFT). 

12 – Weight Capacity

 Even though most models have a standard carrying capacity of 300 lbs, manufacturers offer at least one model that can accommodate up to 450 lbs. 

They also offer an optional seat upgrade to keep an elder person more comfortable. 

13 – Always Check the Warranty

Ideally, the warranty should last at least a year from the time of installation and cover any issues that may affect the normal operation of the device.

This is not always the case though, so do check the warranty period and note any exclusion. Make sure critical components like the gearbox, rail, and motor are covered. 

This will help save money on maintenance and avoid possible hazardous situations.

14 – Buying Used Stairlifts from Private Sellers 

There’s a difference between a second hand stairlift and a refurbished one. 

A refurbished stairlift must be taken back to the manufacturer or supplier before it’s available for reselling, while a second-hand one has already been put to use by another user.

It may be tempting to buy a second-hand stairlift since some of them are very cheap, but is it a good idea? Well, it’s not recommended for a number of reasons:

  • For starters, they don’t offer installation services. Even though there are several DIY installation videos online, it’s not advisable to install a stairlift yourself. This is because any errors could result in an injury or accident. Installation is best left to the professionals.
  • Secondly, you don’t have any protection in case it develops a fault or stops working. Who do you call if something goes wrong?
  • You also have no idea of its history –are all its parts there and in good working condition, has it been serviced, and stuff life that. This could end up costing you more in repairs or replacing missing parts.
  • Curved stairlifts need to be made to measure; as such, a second-hand track may not fit in your house.

As you can see, buying a second hand stairlift leaves a lot of room for error. If you’re looking for used stairlifts, a reconditioned model from a reputable company is a better choice. 

You get a fully refurbished, cheap, fully working equipment. Plus, help is available in case of a breakdown. 

Cheap stairlift

15 – Rental Options

Some companies have reconditioned stairlifts available to rent. This is a more economical option if you need the equipment for a set period of time such as if you’re recovering from a surgery or an accident. 

It can also come in handy if the user plans on staying in the property for a short period of time like when you accommodate your elderly parent(s) during the holidays?

There’s usually an initial fee, which covers installation, removal, and servicing costs during the contract period. 

This can cost from as low as £350 to more than £1,000. You’ll also be required to make monthly payments for the duration of the contract. Rental fees usually range from £10 a week for a reconditioned straight stairlift, while a reconditioned curved stairlift costs from £150 a week. 

16 – Who Are The Most Popular UK Stairlift Manufacturers?  

Where you buy from matters; luckily, there’s a wide range of companies that make, sell, and install stairlifts. 

Consider one that is upfront about pricing, doesn’t pressure-sell, offers reliable after-sale services, and most importantly, offers the best value for money in terms of quality.

If you still don’t know where to start, here’s a list of some of the most popular stairlift manufacturers in the UK: 

  • Acorn, 
  • Brooks, 
  • Stannah, 
  • Companion, 
  • Age UK, 
  • Dolphin, 
  • MediTek, 
  • Handicare, 
  • Harmar, and 
  • Bruno.

When it comes to buying a stairlift the amount of choice can be very confusing.  Luckily, we, alongside Acorn Stairlifts are here to help and guide you. 

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