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What is the Cost of a Stairlift?
What constitutes a Standard Stairlift Installation?
Several factors drive the price of a standard indoor stairlift installation:
- The total load be less than 350 lbs. (e.g., 330 lb. person + 19 lbs. groceries)
- The step tread depths & riser heights on the stairway are all the same.
- The steps are wooden (carpet overlay is OK).
- The total length of the run is 180” (15 ft.) or less.
- There are no doors at either the top or bottom of the stairs.
- No narrow hallway or door at the bottom of the stairs.
- There is grounded 115V 15-amp service at either the top or the bottom of the run.
Will Medicare Help Pay for a Stairlift?
Unfortunately, no. Check other possible venues here on our tub-to-shower page.
Will Installing a Lift Ruin My Walls?
Our lifts are installed onto the steps with support brackets which are secured to your steps with screws.
What Is the Stairlift Warranty?
Our Ameriglide Rave 2 stairlift carries a 5-3-1 warranty:
5 yrs. - chassis (the unit that runs on the track);
3 yrs. - components. (e.g., seat, armrests, footrest, control switch, etc.); and
1 year - battery.
Be aware that the warranties for some nationally advertised stairlift companies only cover 1 year on their lifts. At the end of the year, they return for a “free inspection” and cleaning, which in turn is to “convince” you into signing an expensive extended warranty.
Are Your Stairlifts Made in America?
Our RAVE 2 is made by Harmar in Sarasota, Florida and is comparable to the Harmar SL-600 model.
What About Used or Refurbished Stairlifts?
While you can purchase used and refurbished units for less money, these lifts usually carry either a limited or no warranty and sometimes come with highly worn parts. Oftentimes we can make you an attractive offer on a new unit with a full warranty.
What Are the Electrical Requirements?
Our lifts operate off batteries which are charged from standard household 115-volt, 15-amp grounded (3-prong) outlet. This outlet can be located at either the bottom or the top of the stairs. The electric source is needed to charge the stairlift’s batteries.
Will the Door at the Top Of My Stairs Close?
Yes, in most cases there is no problem. However, a door at the bottom of the stairs may require an optional folding rail assembly to operate properly.
How Do You Get Off the Stairlift at the Top?
Our RAVE 2 is equipped with seat swivel levers that allow you to twist and turn the seat 90 degrees into a locked position when at landing top. This ensures that your feet are securely on the landing and that the seat will not move. For clients with restricted twisting mobility, there is a power swivel option on our RAVE 2 unit.
How Safe and Reliable Are Stairlifts?
Our units come with many safety features including seat belts, over-speed governors (for stopping if the downward speed exceeds the 20 ft / minute limits) and built-in sensors for stopping the unit should the lift make contact with an item on the track area. Our Rave 2 unit is powered by safe DC current, so chances of electrocution and/or a fire is remote.
As for reliability, when properly installed, operated within load capacities and maintained (i.e., keeping the track rails clean from dirt & pet hair), your RAVE2 stairlift should operate for years without servicing. And while some stairlift tracks require periodic lubrication (greases which may stain clothing articles if ever in contract), our Rave 2 drive system and tracks require no lubrication and are maintenance free!
What’s the Best Stairlift?
Ask 10 different stairlift owners, and most likely you’ll get 10 different answers. The short answer is that 99% of the time it’s not the stairlift, but the provider of the product. We are 5-Star (out of 5) service providers with the Cleveland Better Business Bureau and are proud that Harmar, the US manufacturer of our Rave2, (a private label clone of the Harmar SL600), has earned top ratings over the last several years with Retirement Living.
How Long Does the Installation Take?
A professional straight-run stairlift installation may take anywhere from 3 to 5 hours.
Is a Stairlift a DIY Project?
For some people and some models, yes; but expect to spend 6-8 hours on instructional reading/viewing, tool gathering and actual installation. Also be forewarned that: 1) videos and documentation are not necessarily synchronized or up to date with the latest engineering changes; 2) the company’s world-wide call-in support “team” at most is no greater than two or three individuals and 3) this team is not available evenings nor weekends. 4) Moreover, call-in priority is first given to their subcontracted installers, which puts DIY’ers in the back of their que. 5) Finally, damages incurred to the drive carriage or components during your installation are your responsibilities.
Why Do Ameriglide Stairlifts Cost Less?
The US stairlift industry is very competitive and regulated by certain mandated federal safety laws. As a result, stairlifts are rather homogeneous. To complete, stairlift companies have developed various business models:
Some companies use traditional brick & mortar dealer showrooms. These lift dealers not only have sales and service payrolls, but also rent / lease, inventory, franchise, utility and insurance expenses as well.
In an attempt to achieve brand name recognition, e.g. Acorn and Easy Climber, use extensive TV and/or printed advertising campaigns. Their sales reps are commissioned, not employed by the brand. Installations as well are then handed over to a commissioned third-party subcontractor.
In both cases, brand-name advertising or dealer showrooms, each strategy ultimately results in higher prices for the customer.
In 2001, Ameriglide adopted a factory-direct business model: i.e., buying lifts in volume from major name-brand lift manufactures and rebranding them under their name. This eliminates overhead costs such as engineering, manufacturing, marketing, franchise fees, inventory and distribution. In doing so, Ameriglide can offer lower prices and achieve greater market share. For example, our Ameriglide RAVE2 stairlift is actually a Harmar Pinnacle SL600 that Harmar offers as carrying a life-time warranty!
Are You Located Near Me?
We normally serve a 40-mile radius emanating from the eastside of Cleveland’s that, includes the counties of Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, plus the cities of Stow, Hudson and other nearby northern Summit county communities.
Do You Remove or Purchase Used Stairlifts?
Since the cost of removing, refurbishing, storing and warranting used stairlifts is cost prohibitable, we don’t buy used lifts. However, we will remove and dispose of stairlifts which we’ve installed at little, or no cost to the homeowner. And if your stairlift is less than a year old, still installed (see next paragraph) and passes safety checks, we MAY make you an offer for your unit.
And for those hoping to resell their unit, our advice is to leave the lift in place until a buyer observes it in operation. Why? Most people would be hesitant about purchasing pile of stairlift parts from a perfect stranger who says that the unit runs great and that the parts are all there. Personally, after seeing that it runs, that the safety features, plus the remote operate and the armrests, seat and footrest fold properly, I’d personally want to disassemble it myself to assure that everything is there and in working order.
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