Tips for getting a stairlift on a tight budget
A stairlift can be a significant purchase and you may worry you can’t afford one, here’s our top tips for getting one on a tight budget.
If you or a loved one are experiencing mobility issues it may be time to consider a stairlift to ensure your safety when tackling the stairs. This however comes at a cost and not everybody may be in a financial position where they can comfortably purchase one at the drop of a hat.
When considering your currently situation and finances it’s also important to consider the costs associated with not having a stairlift installed. Buying a stairlift can work out significantly cheaper than the cost of moving to a new house or bungalow or having building work done to adapt the ground floor to your needs.
If your limited budget is your main concern, don’t rule out a stairlift until you’ve looked into all your options. We understand that buying a stairlift is a significant purchase that’s why we’re giving away our top tips to buy one on a budget.
Purchasing a reconditioned stairlift can be a much more affordable option than buying a brand new one. Reconditioned stairlifts are second-hand models that have been owned by someone else in the past and then refurbished to ensure they are in full working order. Many companies like ourselves sell reconditioned straight and curved stairlifts. This is a great option that can save money but still get the benefits of a guarantee and professional installation on a new track. We would strongly recommend against buying a used stairlift from a private seller as you will have no guarantee it is safe to use, and it may cost more in the long run.
You may be able to get a grant to help with the cost, from either your local authority or a charity fund. If you live in England, Wales or Northern Ireland you may be eligible for a Disabled Facilities Grant from your local council. This type of grant is paid for by the government and you will need to apply through your local council to find out how much help you might get. Disabled Facilities Grants are means-tested. This means the council will take into account your household income and any household savings over £6000 before making a decision. You will need to contact your council to find out exactly what the process is for applying in your local area.
Financial Assistance from Charities
If you don’t qualify for a grant from your local authority, or you require further financial assistance, you may be able to get a small amount of financial aid from a charitable organisation. The Turn2us website has a Grants Search facility where you can enter your details to find out about any grants you might be able to receive.
Depending on your circumstances and specific health issue renting a stairlift may actually be more cost effective. Generally, renting a stairlift only works out cheaper if the user will only require a stairlift for a short time, such as during recovery from an operation or illness.
Whatever option you decide, please ensure you put your safety first. We’re happy to discuss these options with you in more detail and help you come up with a solution for your individual situation.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us for a friendly, no pressure chat about your current situation. Sykes Stairlifts are a family run business and have been established for over 35 years, trading from our Woodseats, Sheffield showroom.
We offer stairlifts and stairlift services to Sheffield, Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham. Chesterfield, Peak District Derby, Mansfield & Nottingham.