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Can You Install a Home Elevator in an Existing Home?

If your home did not come with an elevator, you may wonder whether you can get one installed. Is it possible to add a home elevator when the space did not account for this upgrade? How much work will it take to incorporate a home elevator into your property? And how can you get started on the process?

At Inclinator, we’ve installed many home elevators in homes that did not have any to start. Whether you want an elevator to help you to age in place or have current mobility issues that demand a new way to get from floor to floor, we can assist you. Here’s what you need to know about installing a new elevator in your home.

Where Can a Retrofit Home Elevator Be Installed?

 

Many new homes built in the 1990s or later have hoistways built into them, which allows for easy retrofitting of a new elevator. Architects in the ’90s began noting the rise in popularity of home elevators. Often this deign element means stacked closets, or a closet on one floor and another on the next floor exactly on top of the first. A second possibility is a small pantry on one floor, with a small office located on top. Basically, it’s two non-essential places on top of one another.

Don’t have a hoistway such as this? You may still have the space for an elevator. You need about 25 square feet of completely clear space on each floor, one located right above the other. You’ll add a new “room” at each level of the home, so you require space to spare.

In addition to having enough room, you’ll also need to check on other elements elevators require as well, such as:

  • Overhead clearance: Depending on what model you choose, you’ll need a minimum of about 102 inches of clearance, though some models require up to 117. Remember, the overhead clearance will sit 22 inches above the cab.
  • Pit: The pit for the elevator, which holds the cab when it comes down to the bottom floor, must be a minimum of 12 inches in most cases, though you can find ones that measure 8 inches.
  • Power: Home elevators run on a strong supply of electricity. You must ensure you have enough to keep the elevator functioning before getting an elevator installed. Speak to your elevator installation company about which requirements you have to follow.

How long will it take to get your new home elevator after you’ve addressed all these issues in your home? Custom-ordering your elevator should result in a manufacturing time of about eight weeks. When you have a hoistway site already installed, it can take as little as three days to install a new elevator.

We recommend contacting your insurance company to inform it of the change. A residential elevator will boost the “replacement value” of your home, or the amount that the insurance company has to pay in the event that your home is destroyed. You want to make sure you’d be properly compensated for such a catastrophe.

Do I Need Space for a Machine Room?

 

Machine rooms provide an easy-to-access space for the components that make your elevator run. They make it easier for repair people to access the parts of the elevator and make repairs. This convenience leads many people who are building homes with residential elevators to choose to have a machine room built into those plans.

These rooms are not, however, necessary. You can get an elevator that does not require a machine room. Some models come without a machine room. Look for the “MRL” designation, which stands for “machine roomless.” Our MRL Overhead Cable Drum Drive System does not have a machine room, which can save space in houses with limited room. Our other cable drum model, as well as our hydraulic model, do require a machine room. Personal preference and space are the two biggest factors in this decision.

Of course, safety will be the main priority for you when you get a home elevator installed. You want to keep your loved ones safe and ensure everyone uses the elevator without harm. Institute safety measures such as teaching children how to properly operate the elevator or setting limits on usage.

Installing a home elevator will raise the resale value of your home. People who want to age in place or have mobility issues often seek out homes with elevators, which increases the marketability of their house as well.

Are you ready to install a home elevator in your residence or learn more about your options? If so, we can help. We’ve been in the business for decades and have assisted many people with getting an elevator that meets their goals. Contact us by filling out our online form or calling 800-343-9007.

Signs Your Home Elevator Needs Repair

No machine will function perfectly forever. Like any other tool, your home elevator will require assistance from time to time. But how do you gauge when it has a real problem and when it’s just settling or has a squeaky cable that needs oil?

Luckily, certain signs can indicate when you need a professional to step in with your elevator. If you notice any of them happening, it could be an indicator of a serious issue. Watch for the following three signs that a home elevator needs repair.

Signs Your Residential Elevator Needs Repair

 

1. Strange Sounds

Have you ever been in your elevator and heard a loud squealing sound, almost like a child yelling? This noise may indicate a serious problem with your machine. When an elevator runs like it’s supposed to, it’s almost silent. You may hear small mechanical noises, but they shouldn’t be loud. Strange sounds could be a sign of issues with:

  • Cables
  • Pulleys

A qualified elevator repair person can fix these issues by tightening or adjusting the appropriate parts. Remember that the faster the elevator operates, the more likely you’ll be to hear sounds. Motors also make a low buzzing noise. You’ll hear a sound when the brakes engage upon arriving at the correct floor. That should be the only sound you hear, as brakes operate separately from other parts of the elevator, and everything else falls silent when they begin to slow the cab down.

Vibration accounts for any other small noises you may hear. You’ll get used to the normal sounds of the elevator. What you need to listen for are the noises that don’t sound natural, with a high pitch or squeak. These sounds mark the time to call in a professional.

 

2. Uneven Stops

Uneven stops, also referred to as mid-leveling, occur when the elevator comes to a stop between floors instead of flush against the opening on the floor you get off on. Uneven stops indicate an issue with the brakes. Unfortunately, this problem also poses a hazard to people who use the elevator. If you aren’t careful, you may trip over the uneven surface getting on or off the elevator. People in wheelchairs or with limited mobility will have difficulty navigating an entrance or exit when the elevator stops between levels.

Just like anything used day in and day out, brakes can wear down over time. You may find that the same thing happens on your car brakes. The pads can become thin, at which point the system won’t function as effectively. Mid-leveling will get worse if you don’t get it looked at.

Left untreated, bad brakes can cause permanent damage to your elevator. You should contact an elevator repair company as soon as this problem happens. The faster you get it fixed, the less long-term damage your elevator will suffer.

 

3. Changes in Speed

You’re heading from the first floor to the second when suddenly the elevator jolts up quickly and you take off at a faster pace. On your return trip downstairs, you note the elevator slowing more than usual. These changes in speed indicate issues with the elevator that will require professional attention.

Changes in speed often mean an elevator is headed for a breakdown. It can be difficult to pinpoint the exact problem with the equipment. The machine works hard every day and carries a lot of weight, so it should not be surprising that overuse and wear can build over time.

You can guard against some long-term issues by engaging in regular maintenance:

  • Get your elevator inspected once a year to find and address any lingering issues.
  • Perform regular self-maintenance, doing small things such as cleaning out debris from the motor area and oiling components that get squeaky or stiff.
  • Visually inspect the elevator regularly to determine any changes in its physical presentation.

Each elevator functions well only with proper upkeep. When you do these things, you put off the development of problems. You can also feel confident that if a problem does arise, there was nothing extra you could have done to stave off the issue. If you notice changes in speed, call a repair person right away.

If your elevator has frequent breakdowns, you may need more than just periodic maintenance. The older your unit, the more likely it is to present problems. Those older than 20 years may need more expensive repairs. You would be better served financially by replacing an older unit with a new one, putting your money into something that can deliver a long-term return on your investment. Remember, home values rise when you have a residential elevator, and many people look for new units so they won’t have to worry about repairs.

Are you interested in replacing your residential elevator? If so, talk to our team to explore your options, which include customized aesthetics for your unique decor. Get in touch online or call us at 800-343-9007.

Who Invited the First Home Elevator?

Today, we see elevators in people’s homes and hardly give them a second thought. They’ve become a practical and expected part of the scenery in a growing number of homes. But how did these remarkable machines come about? Let’s explore the history of the home elevator and what led to the modern-day version of this helpful invention.

Who Invented the Home Elevator?

 

C.C. Crispen, who owned Pennsylvania’s first Cadillac dealership, invented the first home elevator. As an early 20th century entrepreneur, Crispen was always looking for ways to make life easier for people. Whether he was selling cars or coming up with new ideas, he helped those around him. Crispen excelled at assisting with ways to travel, and he did so through both the car dealership and, later, the invention that cemented his legacy.

Crispen came up with the idea for the first home elevator in 1923. With a combination of perseverance and determination, he turned the idea into a reality and transformed the possibilities for those with limited mobility.

 

What Was the Inspiration Behind the Home Elevator Invention?

 

While he was visiting a neighbor confined to bed during an illness, Crispen was struck by an idea. His friend was stuck upstairs, unable to navigate the stars to get down to the lower level of the house. What if there were an automated device that could transport someone from upstairs to downstairs, for those who couldn’t go up or down themselves?

Among Crispen’s many accomplishments, he had taught himself mechanical engineering. He began working on his concept right away. Soon, he had enough of a concept that he applied for a patent. His initial model consisted of a movable chair that sat on a steel rail. It used the home’s electrical supply to power the seat up and down the stairs. A person could sit on it at the bottom and use the power to get to the top.

Crispen measured the machine to still allow enough space for others to travel on the stairs at the same time. He dubbed the new device “the Inclin-ator” for the way it went up and down the incline. The Philadelphia Electric Company was so impressed that it commissioned the chair for display in its showroom in 1924. Four years later, the Electric Home in Atlantic City, owned by Westinghouse Electric, installed an Inclin-ator.

By 1924, Crispen created a residential elevator with the same idea as the Inclin-ator — providing transportation for people between floors in their homes. He envisioned the “Elevette” for use in homes that had winding staircases, which couldn’t accommodate the Inclin-ator. Other manufacturers quickly picked up on the idea, and soon both stair lifts and residential elevators popped up across the country.

Today, many people use such elevators to age comfortably in their homes or enjoy seamless transportation from one floor to the next. Inclinator continues to be an innovator in the business, which comes from a place of caring. Like Crispen, we want to engineer solutions that make life more comfortable. For your own solutions, contact us online today or call 800-343-9007 to learn more about our services.

Aging in Place Home Improvement Ideas

Growing old in your home has become a dream for many Americans. With the Baby Boomers creeping past retirement age, lots of people are looking for ways they or their parents can modify their homes in order to grow older there.

Aging at home has countless advantages. People feel comfortable in the houses where they raised their families. They may feel scared of moving to a place where they won’t know other people. A home may hold treasured memories of spouses who have passed away. It can also offer comforting familiarity to someone entering the early stages of memory loss.

Aging in place does require some advanced planning. When you take steps such as installing a wheelchair lift, home dumbwaiters or a home elevator, it can become less daunting.

7 Aging in Place Home Improvement Ideas

Set up your home to anticipate issues you or your loved one may face while growing older. Installing new appliances and removing items that lack long-term practicality will make aging in place much easier. We recommend the following seven home improvement ideas to transform your house.

1. Place Grab Bars

Many older adults develop mobility issues. Installing grab bars in parts of the house that pose the highest risk to low-mobility individuals can reduce the chances of an accident. Grab bars are metal bars attached to the wall, strategically positioned in places where you might need extra support. You may want to install grab bars:

  • On either side of the toilet
  • In the shower
  • Next to your bed

Make sure to use sturdy grab bars that can support the weight of whoever will use them. Most grab bars can hold up to 250 pounds. If you need something with more capacity, you may have to look into specially made bars.

Anyone can install grab bars, though it does demand a precise approach. The bars should be at the right height for the person they’re meant to help, so ask that person to remain nearby when you install so that you can take measurements. Screw the bars into wall studs so that they won’t pop out.

2. Use Outdoor Ramps or a Wheelchair Lift

Many homes require you to climb at least one or two stairs to get to the front door. As you age, this process becomes more difficult, and not just for people in wheelchairs. Older adults may struggle with their balance, which makes navigating stairs difficult. You have two choices to address this problem:

  • Outdoor ramp: If you do not currently use a wheelchair, this installation may be your best option, as you can still navigate an outdoor ramp if you do get a wheelchair later. Unless you have experience with carpentry or contracting, you’ll likely need to employ a contractor to get this work done.
  • Wheelchair lift: A residential wheelchair lift works like the one you would install in a van. It raises and lowers a wheelchair so that you can get from the ground to the porch and wheel yourself in the door. This solution requires professional installation.

3. Install a Home Elevator

As you age, navigating stairs becomes more difficult. Many older adults who do not require the use of a wheelchair may still suffer from balance issues. Diabetes and other conditions common among older adults can impair feet and legs, which makes stair usage more difficult. If you have a multi-story home, consider installing a home elevator.

Home elevators offer a practical, affordable solution to being unable to go up or down stairs. An elevator installed with your customized options will allow you to stay in your home for a longer time and alleviate worries about falling down the stairs or being unable to get down from a higher floor. When you get your elevator installed, look for these features:

  • Handrails inside the cab
  • Simple and intuitive operating panel
  • LED ceiling lights

If you have specific design requests, you can even choose a company that will allow you to have a professional designer customize the final look of the inside of the cab. This investment will even pay off by raising the resale value of your house.

4. Change Flooring

You may love the gorgeous high-pile carpet you had installed in your living room a decade ago. But as you age, you need to adjust your flooring to meet your mobility requirements. If you use a walker, for instance, plush carpeting will impede your ability to get across the room. Those in wheelchairs may prefer no carpeting at all. You should discuss your special requirements with a flooring professional who can recommend solutions specific to your situation and home layout.

Other ideas for redoing your floors include the following:

  • Make flooring contrast when the height of the surface changes between rooms as a signal that it goes up or down.
  • Install gentle up and down ramps from each room to ease the surface transition.
  • Put a firm pad beneath any carpeting.
  • Pick a carpet that’s less than a half-inch high.
  • For rooms without carpet, install non-glare, smooth surfaces that also resist slips.

5. Update Lighting

As you get older, your eyesight often gets worse. You may have trouble seeing objects both close and far away. Adjusting your light can assist you with this problem. You’ll want more and stronger lighting. Some areas you should concentrate on include:

  • Task lighting: Improve the lighting where you perform tasks, such as in your garage or kitchen, to decrease the odds of hurting yourself while you work.
  • Stairs: Add lights on stairs to aid you with getting up and down, which becomes harder when you have balance issues or problems with feet or leg function.
  • Closets: If you don’t have overhead lights in your closets, add them so that you can see what you’re looking for.

In addition to improving your lighting, you want to make it accessible. Those who use wheelchairs may want to move light switches down. May older adults find their fine motor skills declining, so swapping out light switches for pads or dimmers may make it easier to turn lights on and off. In addition, adding more light switches, such as one on either side of a room, means you won’t have to cross over a room just to turn out a light.

6. Incorporate a Home Dumbwaiter

Carrying groceries up your stairs becomes more challenging as you age. You could hurt a hip or end up in the hospital if you fall on the stairs while trying to bring food from your car to your kitchen. Installing a home dumbwaiter will give you a new way to complete this task. Dumbwaiters are essentially small elevators that you can send from floor to floor carrying inanimate objects. You can get them with automated controls and to match your home interior to make floor-to-floor transportation a breeze.

7. Install Arthritis-Friendly Knobs

Many individuals over the age of 65 suffer from arthritis, which can make it difficult to grasp things in their hands. Arthritis-friendly knobs have levels you only have to push down to enter. Replace knobs throughout the home, including ones for closets and front doors.

These changes to your home will make aging in place much easier. Do you need assistance with a home elevator or dumbwaiter installation? If so, contact us to set up an appointment, or call 800-343-9007.

Do I Need Annual Home Elevator Maintenance?

As more and more people choose to enjoy the convenience of an elevator in their home, they also start asking the same question: Do they need annual home elevator maintenance?

The short answer to that question is yes. The better you take care of your elevator, the longer it will last, and annual maintenance plays a role in that preventative care. Is it possible to skip an annual? Yes, but we wouldn’t put it off for too long. Elevators are complex machines, and all complex machines require attentiveness. We’ve put together a guide to determine when you should get maintenance, and we’ve also outlined the benefits of this service.

How Often Do Home Elevators Need Maintenance?

Generally speaking, the more maintenance you perform on your elevator, the better. The best way to ensure these machines continue to run smoothly is to address small problems before they turn into big ones, and if you go for more than a year without home elevator maintenance, you may find yourself dealing with some big problems.

How often you should get maintenance for your home elevator depends on a number of factors, such as:

  • Model: What type of elevator you installed may impact how often your elevator requires maintenance. Depending on the type, it could even require more frequent inspections than annually. You may have parts that need more vigilant attention. Consult with the company that installed your elevator to find out their recommendation. We always talk to our customers about maintenance needs when we install a home elevator.
  • Contract: You may have a contract with the installation company that designates a certain number of inspections. If so, you should take advantage of those opportunities and get the service. That’s one less thing you’ll have to think about if inspections are already scheduled to occur.
  • Location: Does your town have any regulations regarding home elevator usage and inspection? Some municipalities put these regulations in place as a precaution to ensure homeowners take proper care of their elevators and don’t run into long-term troubles. You should contact your local city government to inquire about any inspection regulations. You should do so when you have your elevator installed as well to discuss any permits or fees that might be required.

Benefits of Regular Home Elevator Maintenance

Why should you get regular maintenance for your home elevator? It’s really a matter of preservation for your investment. The more attention you give the elevator’s upkeep, the longer it will last and the more efficiently it will run. You likely see similar results for other appliances or tools. When you question whether you should get your annual inspection, keep the following five advantages of regular maintenance in mind:

  1. Save money: Repairing a snagged wire or replacing a small component won’t cost a lot of money, but if that snagged wire snaps or the component breaks, it could cause serious damage to the rest of the elevator, which will take a lot of money to fix. By addressing small matters when they come up, you can decrease the likelihood of a serious issue arising with your elevator and save yourself those expenses.
  2. Gain peace of mind: Your family uses your elevator every day. You want to keep them safe, and knowing that your elevator has been examined, inspected and given a thumbs up will give you reassurance. Regular elevator maintenance is insurance against worrying about whether all your parts are up to date or your cables are worn.
  3. Form a habit: You don’t think twice about scheduling your annual car inspection because it’s a habit. It’s something you do every year, and it has become second nature. Getting regular elevator maintenance can become a habit too. In fact, you may even want to schedule it the same month as your car inspections so you have a reminder that it’s that time of year.
  4. Trust an expert: If you use a home elevator maintenance checklist, you can take care of a number of small items yourself. For instance, you can find scratches in a ceiling or a burnt-out light. But you may need assistance to identify the more serious issues. Finding an expert you trust to perform an inspection also gives you someone to call if your elevator exhibits a problem. Knowing and trusting your elevator mechanic will set you up for a better experience overall.
  5. Learn more about your elevator: Many people who get elevators in their homes are fascinated by mechanical gadgets. Practicing annual elevator maintenance will give you a chance to indulge this side of your personality. You might even find yourself looking forward to it!

Are you interested in learning more about home elevator maintenance? Or have you been thinking about getting a home elevator and want to know your options? Contact us today by filling out our online form or calling 800-343-9007. We look forward to helping you!

Home Elevator Maintenance Checklist

Do you have an elevator in your home? To ensure it continues to run properly, you need to practice home elevator maintenance just as you would for a car. Think of it as preventative care. If you can spot a problem with the elevator early, you can address it, and it won’t grow into a bigger issue. So how do you know what you should be looking for?

Proper Maintenance Checklist From Home Elevator Professionals

We’ve put together a checklist you can follow to ensure you give every part of the elevator proper care. Set aside time to do this inspection regularly, and work methodically through each piece of the checklist.

Inside the Cab

Complete these five steps inside the cab:

  1. Test and replace any burned-out indicator lights.
  2. Look over the walls, handrails and ceiling of the cab and note any damage, such as scratches or cracks.
  3. Examine the deceleration, acceleration and leveling accuracy of the cab while it’s in motion, if anything it out of whack, it may require some adjustments.
  4. Test the door restrictor. If it isn’t working the right way, you should find an elevator specialist to make some small repairs.
  5. Watch the door open and close. Does it bounce or slam? It should go back and forth smoothly.

Did you note anything you couldn’t fix yourself? Start a running list of issues with the elevator. At the end of your checklist, you may need to call in a professional to assist you, and it will help if you can tell them exactly what the problems are.

Outside the Cab

Use these three steps to check the outside of the cab:

  1. Look over the lights and hall stations, swapping out any that aren’t working.
  2. Examine the clearances and the door panel.
  3. Test the Phase 1 firefighters’ service to ensure it works.

Drive System

Before you begin these three steps for the drive system, get anything that isn’t supposed to be in the machine room out. Next:

  1. Measure your oil levels, adding some if they’re low.
  2. Search electrical components to see if they have overheated or failed.
  3. Look for leaks, vibration or wear on other components, and lubricate them if needed.

The drive system may require professional assistance if you note anything wrong. While you can probably change out lights and add oil yourself, more complex issues should be handled by someone with experience because you might make the problem worse if you handle it yourself.

Top of Cab

The top of the cab requires a patient examination. Complete these six steps in order:

  1. Dust off anything that may have accumulated on the top of the cab.
  2. Inspect the function of the inspection station and stop switch.
  3. Look over all the components within your view, including leveling devices and rollers.
  4. Examine the door operator to make sure it functions correctly.
  5. Search for signs of wear on the traveling cables. Test connections to make sure they work.
  6. Look carefully for evidence of rodents or vandalism in the hoistway. This step is also a good time to ensure fire safety in the space.

Pit

Finally, your last stop should be checking out the pit using the following six steps:

  1. Check for leaks.
  2. Search for corrosion on the spring buffers, and check that they align properly.
  3. Inspect switches, safeties, rollers and all other visible components for wear.
  4. Examine the travel cable for pinches or snags.
  5. Test the GFI outlet, stop switch and lights.
  6. Finish by looking at the sump pump and making that it’s functioning correctly.

How to Find a Home Elevator Maintenance Expert

After your self-check, you may need someone to help you with repairs or take a second look at a component. Contact us to discuss your needs.

Home Elevator vs. Stair Lift

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Many homes have more than one level, and most of them require climbing up and down the stairs to access those levels. Unfortunately, not everyone can manage this movement. Whether your home includes someone in a wheelchair or you have an aging parent who has difficulty navigating stairs on their own, you need an alternative to assist your loved one with moving from floor to floor.

The good news is, you have options. Home elevators and stair lifts both provide vital assistance to people who cannot climb stairs. Which one offers a better fit for your household? Let’s explore the possibilities.

Pros of a Home Elevator

 

  • Flexible installation spots throughout your home
  • Complete configuration and design customization
  • Safest and most improved home mobility
  • Increase in home value

Home elevators have many things going for them. In addition to being easy to use for someone in a wheelchair or with difficulty walking, they can take on whatever decor you desire and make it faster to get to higher floors in the home if you have more than one floor.

More than one person can use an elevator at the same time, making them a more practical investment than a stair lift, which serves only one individual at a time. Here are some of the biggest advantages of choosing a home elevator over a stair lift.

1. Flexible Installation Locations

You can put your home elevator practically anywhere in the house — you’re not limited to a single area. Imagine the possibilities. You could have the elevator in the back of your home, where guests can’t see it, or make it the focal point of the entryway. You may decide to place it near the bedroom of the person who most needs its services. Stair lifts, by contrast, can only be placed in one area of the home — on the stairs.

2. Customizable Configuration and Design

You can customize the design of your elevator to meet your decor preferences. Do you love modern? Traditional? Even something with a little country flair is fair game when you get to pick the design. You’ll even have options for the configuration that powers your system, such as:

  • Cable drum
  • MRL overhead cable drum
  • Hydraulic

3. Safe and Improved Home Mobility

Elevators give those with limited mobility a chance to do things independently. They can get into and out of the elevator by themselves, unlike with a stair lift, where they may require assistance. Elevators are safe spaces, too. Handrails give people something to lean on. They don’t have to balance in a moving chair that could stop or start unexpectedly. With an elevator, they can take control of their movement — a quality that’s always appreciated.

4. Increases Home Resale Value

Home improvements often increase the resale value of a home. An elevator is an especially valuable addition because it makes the house accessible to more people. When you pay for an elevator in your home, you’re making an investment in the future. Not only will the resale value of your home rise, but you’ll also attract more people interested in your house because of that versatility.

Cons of Stair Lifts

 

  • Difficult to conceal and sticks out in your home’s design
  • Limited to no customization to match your home
  • Does not add to home resale value
  • Bulky equipment that takes up staircase space

Stair lifts provide another option for helping those with limited mobility get around the house. Unlike with elevators, stair lifts have a lot of drawbacks. Their limited range and the fact that only one person can use them at a time are serious disadvantages to adding a stair lift to a property. Here are some of the other cons of installing a stair lift.

Difficult to Conceal

When you install a stair lift, everyone can see it, and it’s not the most attractive addition. There’s no cover or drape that you can put over it. When you have company over, they’ll see the stair lift sitting on the staircase — little can be done about that.

Few Design Options

With an elevator, you can choose the cab style, the way it’s designed and what types of materials are used. When you get a stair lift, you get next to no choices. All chair lifts have the same design. You may not even have a choice in the color, depending on where you get your lift. Since the lift needs to be sturdy enough to get someone from top to bottom, it also has to be strong, which can result in clunky designs.

Does Not Increase Home Resale Value

Stair lifts are not a highly desirable feature in a home, so they won’t raise the resale price of your house. You won’t get back the money you put into installing the stair lift. In fact, you may even limit the pool of potential buyers. If someone doesn’t want a stair lift in their home, they’ll have to pay to have it removed, which is a high initial cost. They’ll likely look at other houses instead.

Takes up Stair Space

Many homes have relatively narrow stairways. Some also have steep stairways. Just getting up and down these stairwells under normal circumstances can feel challenging. When you add a stair lift, you narrow the existing space even more. You don’t want to be forced to squeeze yourself around a stair lift every day just to go to and from your bedroom.

That lack of space can also make it more difficult to do everyday tasks such as bringing in groceries or moving something from one floor to the other. The chair on the stair lift will get in the way.

Shop Home Elevators

If you’re trying to decide between a stair lift and a home elevator, the answer is probably clear to you now. You can receive more value, enjoy more versatility and get more return from a home elevator. And with so many options to choose from, you’re sure to find something that fits your house perfectly.

Are you ready to begin shopping? We have a selection of home elevators to suit your unique needs. We can discuss the best options for your home based on size, style and budget. Get in touch with us today by calling 800-343-9007 or filling out our online contact form. We look forward to helping you.