It seems that not a day passes without one of us at Newbury Mobility being asked the question, “So what’s the cheapest used stair lift you can supply?” It’s a perfectly reasonable thing to ask – after all, we all like to get value for money do we not? But then, like most things in life, you only get what you pay for.
How Much Does a Stair Lift Cost?
Well, firstly, if you’re looking to buy a very cheap, reconditioned curved stairlift, then you may well be disappointed. Curved stairlifts tend to be bespoke simply because very few curved stair cases are precisely the same. The costs involved to modify a used curved stairlift will therefore normally outweigh any benefits of buying second hand.
However… Newbury Mobility, unlike most other Stairlift suppliers, is able to design and fit bespoke track for a customer’s staircase. This means that we are often able to fit reconditioned curved stairlifts in situations where other companies will only offer new. That isn’t to say that we can guarantee being able to supply a used curved stair lift, but we will consider it as a possibility. Please contact us for more details if you think this might be an option for you. Prices for Stairlifts with bespoke track start at £2995.00 including manufacture, delivery, installation, demonstration and 24-month labour and parts guarantee. But always best to compare the price of a used curved stair lift with a new one. The difference might be negligible.
Supplying reconditioned and used straight stairlifts is considerably more…er…straightforward. (See what I did there?) Nevertheless, there are still many issues to take into consideration which could potentially bump the costs up. What are the landings like? Will radiators need to be moved? Will windowsills or skirting-boards need to be trimmed? Are there doors, thresholds, banister rails or any other potential obstructions near the staircase? Do you have any special needs in terms of seating or controls? Does the chair need to accommodate extra weight?
Don’t worry – you don’t have to answer all those questions yourself – that’s what the initial free site survey is all about. But all of these potential extras will inevitably increase the price.
But let’s say for the sake of argument that it is a very simple installation with absolutely no extra requirements.
As a small local independent supplier we do everything we can to keep our overheads low. We only work with UK sources and local customers and as such, our transportation and delivery costs are also kept to a minimum. (For more information on our low charges please see Our Price Promise Guarantee.)
That being said, as a responsible company, we have a duty of care to ensure that your stair lift is safe and reliable and that we give our customers the best solution to fit their individual circumstances.
Using our 25 years’ experience supplying used and new stairlifts, we have calculated that the bottom line for a used straight stair lift (where there are no complications or special needs) starts at –
Are you ready?
£895.00 including installation, plus one year’s warranty, plus your first year’s service (worth £69.00) free.
That number again –
Any cheaper and we wouldn’t be able to cover our costs – or we would have to offer stair lifts that are, frankly, past their sell-by dates. And that is something that we will never, ever do.
Still a lot of money I hear you say. Yes, but ever so slightly cheaper than having to move home.
What’s more, in a recent survey by The Consumers’ Association, they found that the average price paid for a second-hand stairlift is £1,490. So you can see that Newbury Mobility is able to offer fantastic value for money. Of course, only if you live in Newbury, Thatcham, Oxford, Swindon, Reading and surrounding areas.
So how else might you be able to reduce the amount of money you have to spend on a stairlift?
Well, remember that if you’re disabled or have a long-term illness, you won’t be charged VAT on products designed or adapted for your own personal or domestic use. You won’t be charged VAT on the installation and any extra work needed as part of this. In addition, you won’t be charged VAT on repairs and maintenance or spare parts and accessories. You will need to confirm in writing that you meet these conditions – but we can give you a form for this and can help you to complete it.
You might also be eligible for a Disabled Facilities Grant from your local council. Click here to learn more. You can also contact your local Home Improvement Association for assistance.
If you need further assistance with funding, check out the fantastic resource provided by Turn2us which gives comprehensive information on grants and benefits.
Finally, a word on running costs. It has been estimated that the average annual running costs for a stairlift is…£7.26. £7.26 a year!!
Check out this rather splendid infographic from Stannah to see what else £7.26 buys you. (Click on the image for a larger version.)
If you have any questions at all about buying or using a new or reconditioned Stairlift, and you live in Berkshire, Oxford, Hampshire or Wiltshire, please do give us a call on 01635 229228. We will be happy to help. And remember, we provide 24 months warranty on all new Stairlifts and 12 months warranty on all reconditioned Stairlifts.
We look forward to hearing from you soon.
All the very best
Andy and the team.
(Image courtesy of Stannah Stairlifts)
(Good Consumer Association article on buying a stair lift here.)