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Is a stairlift always possible to install?

A stairlift is almost always possible to install. While there may be exceptions depending upon the layout of your home, in 95 percent of cases, a stairlift installation is feasible.

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How much should a stairlift cost for a straight staircase?

The typical straight stairlift unit can range between up to $12,000. The total cost of installation for a typical stairlift will depend on the number of stairs and the complexity of the stairway.

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What Are The Most Important Qualities To Look For In A Dealer?

The common Concerns customers look for in a dealer are (in no particular order)

1- How Fast can the Stairlift be installed from order day (not actual install time)

2- Ability to service the Stairlift and Time it will take to respond to an issue, and what is the warranty should something need to be replaced.

3-Cost of a stairlift and deals that can be offered

4- who has the best quality for the best price

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What questions should I ask my dealer before purchasing?

People should make sure its clear BEFORE installation how it will look on their steps.

That the lift being purchased is bran new vs. refurbished (if you are buying a new one).

Does the installer work for the dealer or are they a sub-contractor (quality control) someone coming into your house should represent the dealer.

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Can I install a Stairlift on my own?

The answer is, its possible but not highly recommended. The installation should be done by a skilled highly trained installer, as you are dealing with a heavy item. The warranty also may become an issue if not installed correctly.

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Is the track fixed to the steps or the wall? Will it block the staircase?

These are 2 very separate questions. All stairlifts are fixed to the steps, and most stairlifts can fold up when not in use. The rail is between 5 and 9 inches from the wall, the seat will be in 1 spot and can fold from 12 to 16 inches.

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How is the Stairlift track secured?

The stairlift track is secured to the stairs using supports that are screwed in place.

Stairlift Track Installation


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Will a stairlift fit on my staircase?

Theoretically, a stairlift should fit any staircase. However, it is important to consult with a stairlift advisor who can properly assess and inform you of the options that will fit your needs and requirements.

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Will the handrail on my staircase remain in place after installing a stairlift?

Whenever possible or as requested, the handrail can remain in place. If the handrail must be removed, it may be possible to install a handrail on the inside wall or on the opposite stair wall or higher.

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How long after installation will it take before my stairlift is ready to use?

Once installed, a stairlift is ready for immediate use. Read the user instructions or allow the installation technician to explain the stairlift’s functions before attempting to use.

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How much time does it take to install a stairlift?

Depending on the unit you purchase, and the size of your staircase, a typical straight stairlift installation can last between three and four hours, inclusive of training.

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Can a stairlift be installed on the inside wall of the stairs?

Yes, a stairlift can also be installed on the shorter wall or the inside wall of the stairs. All models can be installed on inside wall , the issue is the steepness of the incline only a few go over 50 degrees, The Handicare Vermeer stairlift and the Handicare Rembrandt stairlift are examples of two models specifically designed for this purpose.


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Can I install a stairlift myself?

There are certain requirements that must be met regarding stairlift installation. A licensed technician must be present as he or she has been subject to several years of class work, factory training, and field training that includes building safety codes, hydraulics, AC/DC electricity, and electronics. It is not advisable or recommended to install a stairlift on your own.

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Are stairlifts only for use indoors?


Models are available for outdoors that are built to withstand rain and other weather conditions. Additionally, stairlifts can be used on beachfront properties as the electronic components in these units are sealed protected.

Outdoor Stairlift

Outdoor Curved Stairlift

Exterior Curved Stairlift

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Are battery-operated stairlifts better than electric stairlifts?

While the battery-operated model can function in the event of a power outage, electric stairlifts are less expensive to purchase and maintain because they require no battery replacements. In general, battery-driven stairlifts are only recommended if you live in a home with a power-related limitation or if you experience frequent power outages.

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What are some standard features of stairlifts?

Most stairlift models come equipped with raised mounting brackets, hinged rails, seat belts, folding foot rests and seats, emergency stop switches, call-send stations, and constant pressure arm rest controls.

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Should I consider purchasing a reconditioned stairlift?

Reconditioned stairlifts are less expensive and may be the better option if you are on a budget or if you will only be using the model for a limited amount of time.

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What features should I look for in a stairlift?

Once you have made the decision to purchase a stairlift, choosing the right model will depend on whether you have a straight or curved staircase. Make sure that the model you choose has safety features, including a seat belt, powered swivel seat, and sensors. Also compare power options to determine whether a battery-operated model or electrical unit is right for you.

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Summit, Savaria, Stannah, Minivator, Bruno, Brooks,  Acorn, and Access are all well-known for their stairlift models. The key to choosing the right dealer and stairlift is to understand your specific needs and how the manufacturer’s stairlift will meet or exceed those needs.

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Do stairlifts come with a warranty from the manufacturer?

Most manufacturers offer consumers a standard 12-month minimum warranty on both reconditioned and new models while some may cover the first two years on new products. The warranty typically covers the cost of parts and repair during this time period.

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How can I identify a reputable stairlift supplier?

To make sure you get the right product and support, purchase your stairlift from a manufacturer or supplier that meets this criteria: schedules a consultation appointment, sends a technician for on-site measurement, has above-and-beyond customer service, rates highly among consumers, provides a free quote, and has had their credentials (license, insurance, and background) verified by industry experts such as our company — StairliftCompanyReviews.com.

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I have an unusual staircase. Do I have any options for installing a stairlift?

Of course! While stairlift design tends to follow patterns, stairlifts tracks come in different sizes and shapes. Whether you have a narrow, wide, spiral, or curved staircase, there is a stairlift for you. Please bear in mind that the more intricate work involved the higher the installation cost may become. However, you can get a lift installed.


Curved Home Stairlift Track

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I am overweight. Are there any models available for me?

Yes. While most standard stairlifts can carry up to 250 pounds, there are heavy duty stairlifts such as the Bruno Elite up to 400 pounds. Ameriglide Heavy Duty that are capable of easily carrying 500 pounds. The specific weight limit of every stairlift model will be clearly displayed on the unit that you are considering. Some manufacturers will be able to provide a larger seat if needed, but for individuals who need an even higher carrying capacity, it may be necessary to choose a stairlift that can be customized specifically to fit your needs.



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Can I customize the color of my stairlift?

Yes, depending on the model that you choose, many can be customized with your choice of seat fabrics. The color of your tracks can also be customized, although there are only a handful of companies that can do that.. A sales technician will be able to assist you in picking the right style and color for your home.

Stairlift Seat Colors

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How easy is it to get on and off a stairlift?

Most Models Swivel on the top so that you do not have to get off on a step. Stairlifts are fitted with heavy duty arm rests to help you get off and on safely and either powered or manual swivel seats. If necessary, a grab rail located on a newel post or wall can be fitted to provide further support and assistance.


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Are stairlifts noisy?

While the noise level will depend on the model, most stairlifts are about as loud as a dishwasher or microwave.

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What happens to my Stairlift if the power goes out?

If you own a stairlift that is battery-operated, the unit will continue to function even in the event of a power outage. Depending on the model, the length and users weight, the battery will last long enough to complete an average of 20 complete trips.

Some Electric stairlift models come equipped with a backup battery power as well.

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Are there any weight restrictions for people using a Stairlift?

This depends on the model, but most stairlifts have a standard weight limit of 250 pounds. If you or your partner weighs more than 250 pounds, there are other models available that can accommodate those of a greater weight. Using a model not intended for your weight limit can cause the unit to wear out more quickly, break, or inefficiently operate.

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Why should I purchase a stairlift?

A stairlift can help you to rediscover your home, allowing you to move up and down the steps with ease if you are living with a disability or recovering from a surgery. They are easy to use and will fit on almost any staircase, while providing safety and piece of mind.

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Does a stairlift require special wiring?

Stairlifts can be plugged into a standard socket with no additional wiring needed. All you are doing is recharging the battery.

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What happens if someone else has used the lift to go downstairs, and I’m stuck upstairs?

All stairlifts come with remote controls that call the stairlift to the level that you need. These controls can be mounted at the bottom and top of the stairlift and are very useful if there will be more than one person in the home using the stairlift.

Stairlift Remote Control

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How will I learn to operate my stairlift?

Operating a stairlift is relatively simple as long as you can use basic controls on the unit’s armrest panel and operate a remote control. After installation, your stairlift technician will be able to show you how to use the model and help to answer any questions you may have regarding the stairlift’s operation.

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Will a stairlift block my staircase?

No. Most stairlifts fold away to leave space for others who may be using the staircase.

folding stairlift

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Will Medicare pay for my stairlift?

Currently, Medicare does not cover stairlifts as these devices are considered a home modification, like elevators, they are not covered as they are not considered to be a medical necessity.

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Will my stairlift increase my electric bill?

Most modern stairlifts are economical and energy-efficient as they typically run on a 13-amp socket. The daily cost of running a stairlift is comparable to using a kettle on a stove. Just recharging the battery for a few minutes like a cellphone.

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How much does a stairlift cost?

Most economy-model stairlifts cost an average of $3,000, including installation. Depending on the state in which you live, there may be a varying degree of competitiveness that may affect the overall cost of the unit. Custom curved lifts, outdoor stairlifts, and heavy-duty units will cost more than a traditional model.

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Can I finance my stairlift?

Most dealers do not offer financing, however there are some that do. You must search if that is the route you would need to take.


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What factors are considered in the price of a stairlift?

Stairlift cost depends on a few key factors.

Shape of your stairway – If your starcase is straight from the top to the bottom of your stairs then a straight stair lift is the most cost effective type of stair lift. If you stairs do not go from the bottom to the top in one straight run then a custom stairlift rail is required and the cost rises substantially.

  • Straight stair lifts can range in price upwards of $12,000 Installed.

Seat Style – Most stair lift manufacturers offer a variety of stair chair seats to select from. These seats range from a basic plastic shell to a contoured, plush style seat with options.

  • Seat options can affect your stair lift price by $200 – $800.

Length of Track – Most stair lift mpdels are shipped to the stair lift installation company in two eight foot tracks that will satisfy a staircase requiring about 16 feet of track. There is usually an overhang of track at the top of the stairs and the track extends to the floor at the bottom of the stairs thereby taking up some of the 16 feet length of track supplied with a standard stair lift model. Stair lift manufacturers do not ship less than 16 feet of track.

  • Addional track can add $50-$100 per lineal foot.

Options Selected – A variety of stairlift options are available on many stair lift models. The more options selected the more the stair lift cost increases. Some of the options available include an overrun at the top of the stairs so that the chair is further away from the top step, call send controls to move the stair chair by remote controls, a deluxe seat, power seat swivel, power footrest and additional charging stations.

  • Options can range in price from $100 – $2500 in additional cost.

Stair Lift Installation Cost Factors

1. Prepare the stairlift for installation to fit your stairway. This includes cutting the track to fit your stairs. This fee can range from $100-$200.

2. The stairlift installation. Price range of $450-$600

3. Site complications such as stone or tile steps, handrail and post obstructions, longer brackets required due to inconsistent step rises, distance to plug, position of track splice and bracket placement and ease of access to staircase.

4. Exterior stair lifts – Type of stairs ( metal, stone, tile, concrete?). Dedicated GFI plug placement.

5. Commercial Stair Lifts – Require license in many states and provinces with licensed installer and usually inspected by government agency. Regulations increase average stair lift price by $1000 – $4500 depending on level of government involvement, fees, inspections and permits.

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Why are curved stairlifts more expensive than straight stairlifts?

The main reason is because a curved lift needs to be customized to fit your stairs exactly whereas straight lifts are standard.


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How much do replacement batteries cost for a stairlift?

While each model will vary, most stairlifts require common, off-the-shelf batteries that are available from any battery supplier. With normal use, stairlift batteries can last for an average of three years.

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I’m on a limited budget. Can I lease a stairlift?

Most companies are sensitive to budget limitations and may provide rental or leasing options. Renting a stairlift may be the best choice for someone who is not anticipating long-term disability such as someone who is recovering from a surgery.

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Should I buy a new or reconditioned stairlift?

There advantages and disadvantages for each option. A new stairlift is less likely to malfunction, will utilize the newest technology, will likely be covered by a longer warranty, and may be easier to repair. A reconditioned stairlift may be cheaper and relatively new, but may require additional servicing depending on its exact age.

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Are stairlifts safe?

Yes, stairlifts are safe to install and use as they run on low voltages. However, when purchasing a stairlift, only do so from a reputable company as with any heavy type of machinery you only want a qualified person to install such a intricate device. Someone that has had the proper training.

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Is it possible to refit a stairlfit?

Yes,depends on the Lift, length of steps-you may need a longer rail-The orientation of the lift left or right. If you are moving to a different house or if you are having new carpet fitted on your staircase, a licensed technician can help you to dismantle your stairlift and reinstall it after the job is completed. If you are moving to a new location, your installation crew may be able to store the unit for you for a period of time until you are ready for reinstallation.

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How often should a stairlift be serviced?

it is recommended that stairlifts be inspected at least once per year by a qualified stairlift technician.

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Where can I buy stairlift parts?

It is always best to contact a dealer so that they can determine the exact issues and parts needed.Most stairlifts use batteries that can be purchased at any battery supplier and even some major retail chains. If you use your lift for a moderate amount such as normal everyday activities, you can expect that your stairlift battery will last for about three years.

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My stairlift is beeping. What’s wrong?

Beeping usually means that its been left off the charger or left in the swivel position. Please read the manual , then call a technician. Excessive noise or beeping could indicate that there is an electrical problem or loose connections. It is best to turn off the unit, if possible, and call for an emergency technician to come assess the situation.

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I think I might have left my stairlift off of the charger. What happens now?

Visual and audible signals should alert you that your lift is not on the charge point. Regardless of whether you are using the stairlift, the power supply to the unit should remain “on” at all times. If the stairlift battery is completely drained, it will likely need to be replaced. Some lifts actually charge on the entire rail , such as Bruno, so you wont have that problem.

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What are some signs that my stairlift needs to be repaired?

Beeping could indicate that the internal circuitry or electronic system is malfunctioning or that the connections of the wires are loose while excessive noise could mean that the rollers on the unit are not properly functioning. If you notice that your stairlift is not correctly working, contact a repair technician as soon as possible as delaying to service the unit could worsen the problem.

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How much will it cost to repair my stairlift?

It depends. If you have a warranty, the cost of your stairlift repair may be covered by the company that sold you the product or by the unit’s manufacturer. Also, while Medicare does not cover stairlifts, your private insurance , although VERY rare, may cover the cost of the unit’s installation, servicing, or repair.

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