No matter the reason, the same question is often asked: “What happens if I don’t need my stairlift anymore?” Stairlifts, or chairlifts, are not necessarily permanent units in the home, which means they can be removed and either disposed of, rehomed, or bought back by some dealers. Please note, though, not all dealers buy back used stairlifts, so this may be a good question to ask dealers when searching for a stairlift.
Stairlift Removal and Rehoming
Dealers who do stairlift removal, because this typically involves labor, transportation, and (sometimes) disposal costs, may not provide this service for free, so we suggest asking whoever you choose to work with prior to the day of removal about a fee.
Depending on the stairlift, it can be possible to rehome the unit either to your new property or to someone else’s (should you choose to either donate/gift it or sell it to a friend). Straight stairlifts are the most commonly rehomed because they are not custom designed, like curved stairlifts. If you decide to rehome the chairlift, it’s important the dealer or installer reviews the unit (and new staircase) to ensure the lift is in excellent condition – and the staircase is an appropriate fit.
Buying Back a Stairlift
Dealers or installers who offer a buyback program will be particular with your stairlift’s condition. Each will have their own rules and requirements in order to accept the lift. For example, some may reject a lift older than one year, or some may insist on seeing the maintenance logs to ensure it has been well maintained throughout its use.
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How Do I Know If I Need a Stairlift
The numerous benefits of stairlifts make them an ideal choice for seniors who need a little help with the steps at home. But how do you know if you should purchase one? Are there signs that let you know you might benefit from a stairlift?
Stairlifts Grants and Funding Opportunities
Government and private grants and other funding opportunities can help such individuals to improve their quality of life. However, searching and applying for funding opportunities can be stressful.
Stairlift Buyers Guide: Straight Stairlift Installation Process
Depending on the length and staircase, straight stairlifts can typically be installed by one or two professional installers, as they are much less involved than many custom curved stairlifts.
Stairlift Buyers Guide: Curved Stairlift Installation Process
Curved stairlifts can be more involved, compared to straight stairlifts, due to their custom design and potentially intricate rails.
Stairlift Options, Models, and Features: Pinnacle, Summit, and Helix
Stairlifts, or sometime called “chair lifts,” can be designed for use indoors or out with either a curved or straight rail, depending on the need and layout of the home.