Guide for individuals troubled by stairways
New Visions often receives phone calls from customers questioning, “What is the cost of a stair lift?” While it is our mission to be as honest and as forthright as possible with our customers, the actuality is there is no simple answer to this question. Every individual’s needs are unique as is every stair lift application and there is no one-size-fits-all solution.
Straight stair lift models
Homes that have a straight staircase with approximately 12-14 steps are typically the least costly to install a stair lift in. The cost for this type of application usually ranges from $2500 to $5000, but most often falls between $3000 and $4000 including professional installation and full service warranty.
The rather large variation in price is due to the many models and options available to choose from. One crucial factor in model selection is going to be the user’s body weight and whether a heavy duty unit is necessary or not. Other influences on pricing will include added options such as power folding rails, upgraded footplates, seat selection, etc. Prior to any stair lift selection, New Visions highly-trained professionals will conduct a free home evaluation to determine exactly what your individual needs are and what products will best serve you with absolutely no obligation to you. Following the consultation, you will be provided a quote reflecting your exact costs to make an educated decision of how you wish to proceed. Our goal is for you to be totally satisfied with your end result and provide you with the independence you desire in the home that you love.
This cost may sound shocking at first, but after comparing alternative solutions, the cost ends up being rather trivial. Some stair lift alternatives include moving from your multi-story home into a one-level home, moving to an assisted living facility or possibly remodeling and/or adding on to your current home. These are all things one should consider, but they all have considerable costs involved, and most likely a stair lift will be your least costly option of all of them.
- Moving to a different home: In addition to the emotional aspect of leaving the place you love and call “home”, there are a lot of financial costs that many do not think of such as realtor fees, closing costs and actual moving expenses. Furthermore, many face the problem of current furnishings not being appropriate for your new place. These are all things you will want to consider before choosing this option.
- Assisted Living Facility: One month’s stay in an assisted living facility will most likely cost you more than the one-time cost of the stair lift which can provide you access to your entire home for many years to come.
- Remodeling/adding on to existing home: The costs involved with this will obviously depend on the extent of the project but will most certainly be much more than the cost of a stair lift. However, if this is the option you choose, please be aware that New Visions offers this type of service as well and will provide a free home consultation at absolutely no cost to you. We can manage your entire modification from start to finish to make this as easy on you as possible.
Stair Lifts for stairways with curves, turns or landings
Some homes do not have the traditional straight stairway and may involve curves, turns or perhaps even a landing. Although a straight stair lift will not work in these settings, there are still options that will. These applications require custom curved stair lift models and are literally customized to fit your homes’ unique setting and can accommodate almost any stair case.
As you can imagine, these models typically cost more than the straight stair lift models due to the customization required to make them fit and operate efficiently. Prices for custom units can range drastically depending on the complexity of the staircase, but our experts will do an in-home evaluation and provide you an accurate quote without any commitment from you.
Even though a custom unit may cost more than a traditional unit, the majority of the time this is still a much more economical route than the alternatives and can provide you with peace of mind knowing that the stairs are no longer a safety concern. Keep in mind, one fall could cost you much more!
DO IT YOURSELF?
Trying to save money by ordering online and installing the stair lift yourself? We strongly discourage you from doing so. Many online providers promise cheap prices and easy installation but when it comes to customer support after the sale, they are not there to help. Stair lifts have many moving parts and are complex machines that are not a one-size-fits-all piece of equipment. A professionally trained installer should do a home evaluation and take accurate measurements of your staircase to ensure the proper equipment is ordered. Oftentimes, individuals are attracted to low prices and do not consider the consequences when the stair lift does not fit or operate correctly. We field many phone calls from customers who experience these types of situations and contact us wanting us to “fix” the problem because the seller is of absolutely no help after the sale. Unfortunately, due to liability issues as well as, in many cases, poor quality product selections, New Visions chooses not to get involved in these situations which leaves the customer “stuck” with equipment that doesn’t fit, is dysfunctional and even worse dangerous to the user.
New Visions has trained professional installers who are knowledgeable on every unit we sell and will ensure appropriate stair lift selection as well as safe and proper installation. We do not support do-it-yourself applications due to the complexity of the machine and the danger it could present if not installed properly. Our customer’s safety is our top priority. After the sale and installation is complete, we will thoroughly train the customer on proper use and answer any questions. In addition, you can be rest assured knowing that New Visions is only a phone call away should any problems or concerns arise immediately or even years down the road and that you can count on us to be there for you.
Where to start?
Think a stair lift might be right for you? Contact our office to arrange a no-cost home evaluation with one of our experts. We will discuss your unique needs to determine proper equipment selection and present you with all your options. Our mission is to ensure you get exactly what you are looking for as we strive to be the West Central Ohio leader in the mobility and accessibility industry offering top-quality brands and exemplary customer service built on a passion to make people’s lives better every day.