Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Tips for buying a stair lift

  • Always get more than one quote and make sure that the products are 'like for like'
  • Try a manufacturer and a local supplier to get a price comparison.
  • Ask your local authority or Occupational Therapist who they prefer to use.
  • If possible have another family member or an O/T present.
  • Ask about maintenance costs, will they still look after your lift even if you don't sign up to an expensive contract? A reputable company will service your lift regardless.
  • Are the company approved suppliers? If not, they will struggle to obtain spare parts and their engineers will not be trained by the manufacturer.
  • An independent supplier can tell you about a range of different stair lifts without bias to one manufacturer.
  • Exercise caution if the salesman is pushing you to buy that day.
  • Many salesmen start with a high price and discount to close a sale. A reputable company will quote the best price from the start.
  • If possible try a lift out in a Disabled Living Centre showroom. A stair lift is not suitable for everyone.
  • Do as much research as possible, there are many companies in this industry who sell at highly inflated prices.