Cost Effective Ways to Remove or Sell Used Stairlifts
When it comes to the removal, disposing or selling of a stairlift it can be difficult to know what your options are, in this article we outline the most cost-effective solutions.
The sad truth is that if you are in a position where you need to remove and get rid of a used stairlift you may have recently lost someone or had to move them to an alternative residence. If this is the case, let us begin by saying we’re sorry you are in this situation and we understand that this must be a difficult time for you.
We understand because as a local stairlift company we have encountered many other people in your situation who don’t know who to turn to when it comes to properly and fairly getting rid of their adopted stairlift. As a next of kin or executor it is now your job to get rid of the equipment, especially if you are tasked with selling the property.
Here are the options available to you if you’re stuck with a stairlift you no longer need:
Buy-back and Removal Service
Your first port of call should be to contact the company who installed the stairlift if you know this information. You may qualify for buy-back depending on the make, model, age (date fitted from new) and location of stairlift within the UK. If you do qualify, you will receive money (don’t expect a lot) for your used stairlift and in some cases free professional removal. This is the most cost-effective way of removal should you qualify.
If you have the technical know-how you could list your stairlift for sale on Facebook Marketplace, Gumtree, Ebay and other local selling sites for your desired cost. Privately selling however does have numerous downsides:
- Unfortunately, second-hand stairlifts have very little value because stairlifts, curved stairlifts especially, are bespoke built for your stair case, meaning it’s very unlikely to be a simple fit into a new home.
- Unless you know how to (which is unlikely) your add should state that the buyer is to dismantle and collect. However, should they attempt this without the technical knowledge and experience they may cause damage to both the equipment and your property.
- Listing the ads can be time consuming and stressful having to communicate with potential buyers. Also some selling platforms require a fee or take a percentage from your sales cost so be wary and factor those in.
Stairlift Removal Company
If you have an older model stairlift and are unsure who supplied or fitted it then you may need the assistance of a local stairlift removal company. You must expect to pay a charge for this service. The best option is to opt for an established stairlift company who will professionally remove the equipment (leaving the staircase in a good condition) and dispose of it appropriately. This safeguards you from somebody who claims they will dispose of it properly, then doesn’t. Always ask for an invoice when paying somebody for this service. Don’t forget to do some background reading on the company, look for a website and recent reviews.
Need a stairlift removing?
If you have a stairlift which is no longer required, needs replacing or needs removing temporarily Skyes Stairlifts can help. Our qualified engineers will professionally remove the equipment, ensuring there is no building mess or damage to your décor. We carry out this service in Sheffield, Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham. Chesterfield, Peak District Derby, Mansfield & Nottingham.