If you’ve just begun looking into buying a stairlift, you will likely be looking at the question of whether to buy a new or a used stairlift.
There are many reasons why some elderly and senior buyers opt for a reconditioned stairlifts or second hand stairlift rather than a new one.
Stairlifts are often used by the elderly. While stairlifts can be particularly helpful for many older individuals, they are also helpful for those living with a disability or recovering from an operation or motor vehicle accident. Stairlifts are particularly beneficial for those who want to maintain their independence and ease of living while living in multi-storey homes.
Used stairlifts, especially reconditioned stairlifts, are often very similar to new stairlifts. However, the cost of reconditioned stairlifts and second hand stairlifts is generally lower.
It is important to first check that the stairlift companies you are considering buying from offer the same quality assurances for used stairlifts as it does for new ones, and are willing to offer maintenance or a labour warranty.
Here is a short video that sets out the differences between a second hand refurbished stairlift and a new one.
If you buy from a reputable company, a used stairlift has many of the advantages of a new stairlift, as well as often being quite a bit cheaper.
Though you should not assume that a used stairlift is any less safe or functional than a new one, you may encounter some issues which it is important to consider before making your purchase.
A video about Acorn stairlifts and how they work
One of the factors when buying a stairlift is the cost. There is a lot of price variation, so while it may be tempting to look for cheap stairlifts, it is essential to ensure that your stairlift is the right one for you. Prices can also vary depending on a range of factors:
The difference between reconditioned stairlifts and other used or second hand stairlifts is that a reconditioned stairlift has been refurbished by its manufacturer, so is of a higher quality than an ordinarily used stairlift.
Reconditioned stairlifts are sold by established companies at significantly lower prices than brand new models.
There are numerous considerations when buying a reconditioned stairlift:
Though prices vary, if you opt for an affordable stairlift, you can expect to pay significantly less than the cost of a new model, and sometimes as little as half. However, a reconditioned model may cost more than a non-refurbished second hand model.
It can be possible to apply for sources of extra cash to cover the cost of cheap stair lifts . if your budget is looking strained. These include:
Additionally, you may be eligible for 0% VAT if you suffer from any conditions that leave you chronically sick or disabled and the stairlift is for personal or domestic use.
The seller will often include delivery and fitting in the cost, though there are specialist companies that can do this if you buy a used stairlift. Fitting generally takes around four hours, although it can be longer if you need a stairlift for narrow width stairs.
The layout of your stairs at home will make a difference to the type of new or used stairlift you need to buy.
A straight rail is for an ordinary staircase going straight up, whereas a curved rail is for if your staircase changes direction. Not all stairlifts can operate on a curved rail, which is generally more complex to fit and therefore often significantly more expensive.
As an alternative to second hand options, it is indeed possible to get your stairlift as part of a stairlift rental package. For example, Stannah allows you to rent your stairlift by paying monthly, and the cost includes servicing and removal.
This may be a good option if you are living with only temporary mobility problems, such as recovering from a road traffic accident, and expect to no longer need access to mobility equipment in the medium to long term.
Renting a stairlift may also be a useful option if you don’t have the financial resources to meet large upfront costs.
Some companies allow buy back of unwanted staircases, though this is not standard procedure due to the bespoke nature of fitting many stairlifts, and due to the stringency of health and safety regulations.
You can, however, sell your stairlift privately on sites such as Gumtree or Ebay. However, you will have to either check the buyer will be able to have your stairlift removed privately, or you will have to pay for removal of your stairlift yourself.
If you opt for private resale online, be sure to consult a tech-savvy family member if you lack experience using such sites. Consulting a family member can ensure you avoid online scamsters.
You can read more information and advice about stairlifts throughout this site.
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The cost of a cheap and reasonably priced stairlift in the United Kingdom can vary based on the type of stairlift, the length and complexity of the staircase, and any additional features required. A straight stairlift costs between £2,000 and £4,000 on average, while a curved stairlift costs between £5,000 and £10,000. However, some less expensive options are available, such as refurbished or rental stairlifts.
Typically, the cheapest stairlifts available in the United Kingdom are straight stairlifts that do not require customization or additional features. Additionally, reconditioned or rented stairlifts may be less expensive than brand-new stairlifts.
Yes, as long as they are installed and maintained correctly, inexpensive stairlifts can still be safe to use. It is essential to purchasing a stairlift from a reputable vendor who provides a warranty and has rigorously tested and maintained the device. To ensure maximum safety and comfort, it is also essential that the stairlift be installed by a trained professional.
In some instances, you may be eligible for financial aid to help cover the cost of a stairlift, even if a cheaper or more affordable option is available. For instance, if you are a homeowner with a disability, you may be eligible for a Disabled Facilities Grant from your local government to assist with the cost of installing a stairlift. In addition, some insurance policies may cover the cost of a stairlift, so check with your insurance provider.
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