When purchasing a stairlift, there are several options to consider, such as buying a new stairlift, a refurbished one, or even renting a stairlift. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of each option.
Purchasing a New Stairlift
Many people prefer purchasing a new stairlift instead of a used model due to several reasons:
- Newest features and technology
- Less possibility of service issues
- Includes a longer and more comprehensive warranty
- Zero wear and tear on components and motor parts
However, new stairlifts can also be very costly. A straight stairlift will be priced between $2,800 and $5,000, and a curved stairlift can cost around $9,500 as a custom curved rail has to be manufactured to fit your staircase precisely. It’s likely that you will require a new unit if you have a curved staircase since you’ll need to order a custom curved rail.
Consider how long you’ll need the unit. If you’ll need it for five years or more, consider purchasing a new stairlift for a longer lifespan, which is usually up to 10 years.
Purchasing a Refurbished Stairlift
If you’re on a tight budget, having a refurbished stairlift could be a better option as it is usually lower in cost, ranging between $2,200 to $2,500. The cost will depend on the overall condition, year, and model of the stairlift. Choose a reputable provider such as Freedom Stairlifts to ensure that the stairlift is properly inspected and refurbished before installation.
Refurbished stairlifts are usually not covered by the original warranty offered by manufacturers. However, many providers who sell refurbished stairlifts will offer limited warranties, although it will not be as robust as the labor and material warranty on new stairlifts. Refurbished stairlifts will also have limited features and models compared to new stairlifts. However, it is still possible to find one to suit your needs if you do not require specific features.
Purchasing a Rental Stairlift
Rental stairlifts are a good option if it’s only needed temporarily. Rented stairlifts are often much lower in costs, with monthly rental fees. At Freedom Stairlifts, rental stairlifts are made in order to suit your staircase. We will handle everything from delivery to installation, making the process easy and fuss-free. With affordable prices and professional services, you can have a stairlift that’s safe and perfect for your home. If necessary, we can also work with your financial situation and come up with a payment plan that works for you.
Deciding on a Stairlift
When deciding on a stairlift, think about your budget as well as your wants and needs. If you’ll need a stairlift in the long term or require specific features that are unavailable on the refurbished market, a new stairlift will be the best option. If you have a smaller budget and do not require specific features, a refurbished lift could be a good fit. If you only need a stairlift in the short term, go for a rental stairlift.
At Freedom Stairlifts, we have a vast selection of stairlifts with multiple features and designs. If you’re still unsure about which type of stairlift is right for you, you can contact us today to find out more about our stairlift options.