A stair lift installation can change your life, or at the very least, the character of your home.
It’s a big purchase, and like any major purchase – your house, a new car – it’s one you shouldn’t make without first asking questions.
That’s why we’ve put together this list of questions you should ask before your stair lift installation begins. It’s information any stair lift company offering stair lifts for sale in Pennsylvania should provide.
1. Will it fit?
The stair lift you choose should be available to accommodate different types of staircases: straight or curved. Ideally, you should choose a stair lift with a modular design, which means installation will be simple, with no changes to your home.
2. What’s your customer service like?
Your stair lift installation shouldn’t be the last time you hear from the installers. Ask about the company’s maintenance and follow-up services. Look for companies that offer after-hours and weekend installation and emergency services.
3. What will it cost?
A stair lift is an investment, but we recognize that not everyone has the budget for a brand-new stair lift installation. You may want to look for companies that sell pre-owned stair lifts, or offer stair lift rentals, especially if you won’t need a stair lift in the long term.
4. Is it easy to use?
Look for stair lifts that have light touch controls. This is important for users with limited dexterity, due to arthritis or other ailments. Ask about remote control options, so that you or your family members can move the stair lift from floor to floor.
5. What safety features are available?
Features might include a swivel seat that allows users to get on and off the chair with ease, but locks in place while the chair is in motion. Other features may include sensors that will stop the chair from moving if anything – or anyone – is obstructing its path.
6. If I install a stair lift, will it render my staircase off-limits?
Your stair lift installation won’t prevent people from walking up and down your steps. The seat, arms and footrest typically fold back to allow room for non-users to pass by the lift.
If you’re looking for a stair lift company in Pennsylvania – or need to rent a stair lift – contact Pennsylvania Stairlifts. We provide new and used stair lifts, platform lifts, service and – when necessary – stair lift removal. We’ll be happy to answer whatever questions you haven’t already asked.
3 thoughts on “Essential Questions to Ask a Stair Lift Company”
I appreciated that you mentioned that you could still use the stairs after a stairlift is installed. Hopefully, that would make it a lot easier for people that aren’t using the lift. My parents are getting old and have a harder time going up the stairs all the time, so a stairlift might be something to look into for them.
That’s a good idea to make sure that you ask about safety features before you get a stairlift. It could be really bad of an elderly person fell off the lift and down the stairs. I’ll make sure to ask about how to keep it safe if I help my mom have one installed in her place.
My mom and dad want to invest in a stairlift for my grandma so that she can safely travel throughout the floors of her house. I appreciate you mentioning the importance of asking about the company’s maintenance services before choosing them to install the stairlift. I will make sure that my parents find a reputable stairlift company that will provide the necessary services to keep it in good shape.