Stairs within a home are one of the primary reasons that individuals are often “forced” to either live only on the 1st floor of their home or leave their home altogether. Fortunately the solution to this problem can be installed in one day and cost significantly less than the money a homeowner will lose trying to sell their home in the current economy. A stairlift can be installed in almost any stair layout and specially designed models can even be installed on exterior stairways. The manufacturers that Aging-In-Place Remodeling works with can produce stairlifts that have continuous bends, up to 180 degrees, and thus can be put into curved or multi-directional stairways.
Some common questions that we are often asked about stairlifts:
How are stairlifts installed and will it mark-up the walls?
A stairlift gets installed into the tread of the stair steps, so no part of the lift ever comes in contact with the walls.
Won’t the stairlift take up the majority of the stairway?
No. When the stairlift is not in use the footrest, seat, and arms can all be folded-up to create a compact unit that resides out of the way until called upon.
How do I use the stairlift in case of a power outage?
The stairlift operates on batteries. When the lift is not being used it resides at its charging location which keeps the batteries constantly charged. In the event of an electrical outage the lift can be operated multiple times before needing to be re-charged.
I am concerned about having enough room to enter and exit the seat of the stairlift.
The seat on the stairlifts that Aging-In-Place Remodeling provides can swivel 90 degrees to permit unobstructed access when entering/exiting the lift.
What happens if the stairlift is at the other end of the stair when I need to use it?
When we install the stairlift, Aging-In-Place Remodeling provides a “call” button on each floor that will bring the chair to you.
I’m not sure about how the stairlift is going to look in my home.
The stairlifts that we install have a compact, clean looking rail and chair system. Also, the manufacturers have a wide range of upholstery colors to choose from that will match almost any décor.
I am concerned about resale down the road. Can the stairlift be removed if necessary?
Yes. In most cases we install the lift into carpeted stairs and when the lift is removed there is little
if any signs of a previous installation.