Stairlifts are pieces of assistive technology which help people to ascend and descend their stairs every day. They have been designed to stop people needing to bend their knees as they walk up stairs, and they help people who can't physically walk up their stairs do so. There are however, certain problems associated with getting one of these pieces of assistive technology which prevents a lot of people from having one, and the main one of these issues is the cost of buying a stairlift.
Stairlifts cost thousands of pounds and many people can't afford the initial cost, even with benefits from the government, so they simply go without a stairlift and try to cope. Some companies offer pre owned or reconditioned stairlifts, which are a much cheaper alternative to buying one first hand. A reconditioned stairlift will have been owned and used before, but stairlift suppliers will take these stairlifts and refurbish them, checking for any potential faults and making repairs where needed to ensure the stairlift is up to almost the same standards as brand new stairlifts.
Most stairlift suppliers will provide a free assessment of a home prior to installing any of their products, and they should present you with every option available to you instead of just one, giving you the details of how each stairlift differs. By choosing the cheapest option a person can save money but they could lose out on functionality they need for their stairlift, making this decision is hard and needs to be talked over with an expert.
Breaking down the separate costs of a stairlift, three distinct categories can be made. These are the initial cost, the on-going care, and the added cost to bills. People can save money on all three of these if they find a good supplier that will offer them a rental solution. Renting a stairlift can be more cost effective for someone than buying one, as some people may never be able to afford to buy a stairlift. Both straight and curved stairlifts can be rented, and thanks to still being owned by the company, most stairlift suppliers will offer a lifetime warranty included in the cost of the rental service, meaning on-going costs cover everything a stairlift requires. The only issue someone might have with renting a stairlift is finding a curved stairlift available for rent, as there are only a few select stairlift suppliers which will offer curved stairlifts to their customers, helping them stick to their budget.