For individuals with limited mobility, a stairlift can be a life-changing addition to their homes. While brand new stairlifts can be expensive, opting for a reconditioned or used stairlift can be a cost-effective solution without compromising on functionality and safety. This article will delve into the factors to consider when choosing a second-hand stairlift with a focus on both straight and curved stairlift designs.
Second-Hand Straight Stairlifts
A straight stairlift is designed to navigate a straight flight of stairs without any turns or curves. Here are some essential considerations when selecting a second-hand straight stairlift:
- Staircase Measurements: Accurate measurements of your staircase are crucial. Measure the length, width, and height of your staircase to ensure compatibility with the second-hand stairlift you plan to purchase. It very inportant that the footplate finishes in the correct position top & bottom this can not be achieved if the track is the wrong length.
- Weight Capacity: Determine the weight capacity required to accommodate the user. Ensure that the second-hand stairlift you choose can safely support the intended user’s weight. Most UK stairlifts are rated up to 20 stone (127 Kilo)
- Safety Features: Examine the safety features of the stairlift, such as seat belts, safety sensors, and emergency stop buttons. Ensure that these features are functioning properly and meet the necessary safety standards.
- Warranty and Service: any remaining warranty or service agreements associated with the used stairlift when it was purchsed new will be void when sold as reconditioned. A reliable dealer should provide comprehensive information and support for the purchased product offering their own warranty package.
Second-Hand Curved Stairlifts
Curved stairlifts are specifically designed to navigate staircases with bends, corners, or intermediate landings. Here are some key factors to consider when choosing a second-hand curved stairlift, you will only have two choices of track a single rail or a twin rail system
- Customisation: Curved stairlifts are tailored to fit the specific layout of your staircase. Second-hand curved stairlift tracks can not be safely customised to match your staircase’s dimensions and curvature. The track will need to be new as it needs to be designed for your specific set of stairs, but a used powerpack and seat can be used
- Installation: Curved stairlifts require professional installation and should not be attempted as a DIY project. Verify whether the used stairlift includes the necessary installation components, such as brackets and fixings, and confirm if the manufacturer’s instructions and guidelines are available.
- Testing and Certification: Request information about any safety tests or certifications the second-hand curved stairlift has undergone. This ensures that it meets the required standards and is safe for use.
When choosing a second-hand stairlift, whether straight or curved, it is essential to prioritise safety, functionality, and compatibility with your specific staircase requirements. Conduct thorough research, inspect the condition of the stairlift, and seek assistance from reputable dealers or professionals to ensure a reliable and suitable purchase.
By making an informed decision, a second-hand stairlift can provide the much-needed accessibility and independence for individuals with mobility challenges at a fraction of the cost of a new unit. Newbury Mobility Ltd can take all your stress away and complete all that’s needed and normally with in your budget.