Stair Lift Cost: The Ultimate Guide for Consumers

Automatic stair lift on staircase for elderly people and disabled persons

One of the reasons some people often consider moving has to do with limitations on their mobility. Suddenly a second floor becomes much more difficult to access as disabilities progress or age could limit your functional capabilities. But things like a stairlift can help overcome such limitations.

If you think that stair lifts are too pricey for your home, think again. Stair lift cost can vary depending on a number of factors, and there's sure to be one that's within your budget.

Keep reading to find out some average prices of the most common types of stair chair lifts.

Factors Affecting Stair Lift Cost

A stair lift can range in price from as low as $2,000 to well over $10,000. There are a number of factors that contribute to this variation in stair lift cost, and we'll discuss each of these in more detail below.

The Type of Staircase

The type of staircase you have is one of the biggest factors impacts stair lift cost. A straight staircase costs considerably less than a staircase with a curve or multiple landings. That's because the latter requires customization, whereas the former is more straight forward (no pun intended) in terms of installation and models.

The Model You Choose

There's a large number of models and manufacturers of stair chair lifts. Different designs and manufacturers have different quality, options, and prices.

A lower-end, basic model serves the purpose of getting you up and down your staircase, without any bells and whistles. It has the minimum safety features it requires, limited choices in terms of colors and shapes, and the simplest arm controls.

On the higher end of the pricing range, there are premium models. These can be customized to suit your home decor, have a slimmer profile so they blend in, and have a higher weight capacity. 

Premium models have extra safety features and things that make them easier to use. That might include footrest folding, power seat swivel, and retracting rails. You might also customize the upholstery and add items like wood trim to integrate it into your home design.

Buying Versus Renting

Renting is the cheapest option for getting a stair lift but it's only a solution for the short term and if you have straight stairs. This could be an option if you need accommodation while recovering from an injury or surgery. Or you might need to make your home accessible if someone with limited mobility comes to visit.

Installation Costs

Installing the chair lift yourself is not a good idea. These need to be installed by a trained and experienced professional to ensure that they're safe.

An installation might cost as much as $2,000 on top of the lift itself. The price can vary depending on the size of the lift and whether or not there's an electrical outlet nearby. Some retailers will include this cost in the price of the stair lift, so be sure to ask before you purchase.

Stair Lift Cost

There's no one-size-fits-all answer to the stair lift cost. Below, we'll tell you the average costs of a straight, custom, standing, outdoor, and pre-used stair lift. This should give you a general idea of what to expect.

Straight Stair Case

A straight staircase in a basic model costs between $2,000 and $5,000.

If you have more than 14 steps on your staircase, you'll need a longer rail than what is standard. That will increase that price.

If you require a heavy-duty model to accommodate heavier weights than your stair chair lift will start at around $4,000.

Custom Stair Case

Straight stair chair lifts are designed for exactly that: straight staircases. If your staircase has curves or an intermediate landing, then you'll something customized to fit your particular staircase.

These types of stair lifts vary in price because of the customization. They also cost a lot more than a straight stair lift.

For custom stair lift, you're looking at a starting price of $7,500. Depending on the length, the number of landings, complexity, and any additional features, that cost can go well beyond $10,000.

Standing Stair Chair Lift

Some people have a hard time sitting down for even short periods of time. For that, there are standing chair lifts. There cost between $3,000 and $5,000.

Outdoor Stair Chair Lift

Stair chair lifts can be installed outside on decks, docks, and patios, but they require special features. These features make them able to hold up against the elements. They'll keep working in the rain, cold weather, and even salty air.

An outdoor stair chair lift for a straight staircase starts at $5,000. Like indoor lifts, that price changes according to how complex and long the staircase is as well as additional features.

Pre-Used Stair Chair Lift

It's possible to purchase lightly used stair chair lifts at a cheaper price. These are usually limited to straight stair lifts but operate just as well as any brand new model.

Additional Costs To Consider

Beyond installation, there is one additional cost that you should consider when looking at stair lift cost. That is the cost of an annual maintenance check. 

You'll want to be sure that your stair chair lift is in good working order every year. That means it's safe for you to continue using. Your lift will also last a whole lot longer with regular maintenance.

The cost of having a qualified representative come and check your lift will be between $100 and $200.

Become Mobility Friendly

Stair lift cost varies depending on factors such as the type of staircase you have, the model you purchase, and whether you're buying new or used. Installation can also impact the price of your staircase, but some dealers with include that in their pricing.

But the cost of making your home mobility friendly is far less than buying a one-story home or moving into an assisted-living facility. And for other mobility products, talk to us.

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