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Stairlift prices

Wondering how much a stairlift costs? Or perhaps you want to know the difference in stairlift prices for reconditioned and new models? Read on to find out all the information you need.
Calculating how much do stairlifts cost UK

Although often an essential purchase, ‘how much do stairlifts cost?’ is usually the first question on people’s minds when thinking about buying a stairlift. On this page, we answer as many of those frequently asked stairlift-price questions as possible to inform those considering investing in a stairlift.

As well as the cost of the equipment, it’s worth also factoring in other future costs. Knowing how much it will cost a year to run a stairlift, as well as the equipment price, installation price and other potential costs such as a maintenance contract will give you peace of mind for the future. These are all prices our expert advisors will be able to discuss with you at a home assessment.

FAQs about stairlift cost

  • How much do new stairlifts cost?
  • How much is a curved stairlift compared to a straight stairlift?
  • How much are stairlifts that have been reconditioned?
  • What goes into calculating stairlift prices?
  • Do you pay VAT on stairlifts?
  • What are the ongoing costs of running a stairlift?
  • How much does a stairlift cost to repair?
  • How much does a stairlift cost to be installed?
  • What is the electrical cost of running a stairlift?
  • Can I get funding for a stairlift?

How much do new stairlifts cost?

Due to the bespoke nature of the equipment, there is no average cost for stairlifts. There are many factors that can change stairlift prices: the amount and complexity of the work required, the cost of the equipment, potential installation costs, VAT exemption and more. That’s why answering questions such as ‘how much does a stair lift cost’, is extremely difficult due to the number of variables involved in purchasing a stairlift.

To learn how much a stairlift costs, arrange a free home assessment with us, and our advisors will be able to explain the price breakdown in full, explaining everything from equipment costs to running costs. Being able to survey your property in person means we’ll be able to establish whether you have a straight or curved staircase, whether there are any existing fixtures and fittings that will need to be moved or removed and whether you will need any custom features added. Other factors like narrow staircases and the length of your desired stairlift can also mean the prices vary.

Once these factors have been considered, the engineer who conducts your home assessment will not only be able to provide you with a clear idea of how much your stairlift should cost but also answer any other questions you may have. Whatever your budget, we can offer competitive prices for stairlifts.

How much is a curved stairlift compared to a straight stairlift?

If you have a spiral or curved staircase you may wonder whether you’ll have to spend more to get a stairlift compared to a straight staircase. Due to the increased complexity of creating a bespoke stairlift for curved staircases, it is fair to assume that curved stairlifts do, in fact, cost more than straight stairlifts. As the equipment will have to be bespoke in order to fit your staircase, you can rest easy knowing your money has gone towards creating the perfect stairlift for your space, and you’ve not had to make any compromises.

As with all stairlifts, depending on the style of your curved staircase, the cost of stairlifts can fluctuate a lot. For a personalised quote, arrange a home visit with a professional stairlift company that will be able to discuss your individual requirements.

How much are stairlifts that have been reconditioned?

As with new stairlifts, it is hard to say for sure how much reconditioned stairlifts cost. Although, people find they tend to make significant savings when purchasing reconditioned stairlifts as opposed to new ones.

However, this lower price tag should not be the defining factor of a purchase, and the stairlift must be a sensible investment. As well as the price of a reconditioned stairlift, when buying reconditioned from a private seller, the track may not be tailored to suit your specific staircase, and you will not receive the benefits of the parts and labour warranty which comes with new stairlifts.

We have a variety of second-hand models that you can purchase, and we are able to offer some of the best and most competitive reconditioned stairlift prices in the UK.

What goes into calculating stairlift prices?

A number of factors go into calculating stairlift prices. For example:

  • Is the stairlift for straight or curved stairs
  • The length of your stairs
  • If you have a curved staircase, how many turns does it have
  • Does the staircase have obstructions at the top or bottom
  • The cost of the stairlift’s equipment and whether it is a new or refurbished stairlift
  • The cost of the warranty and service plan

Do you pay VAT on stairlifts?

You are exempt from paying VAT on stairlifts, for domestic and personal use, if you are chronically ill or registered as a disabled person. This is one of the ways that people can save money on the cost of stairlifts and make the process of making your home more accessible a little more affordable.

What are the ongoing costs of running a stairlift?

You don’t need to worry about hidden fees when it comes to stairlifts prices. If you have a warranty plan which includes the repair and maintenance, there are no additional running costs to worry about other than the cost of electricity to power the stairlift. All of our stairlifts come with a 12-month warranty which can then be extended with a small monthly fee if you desire.  

How much does a stairlift cost to repair?

As a stairlift is a piece of technology that will be used often, it will naturally need maintenance occasionally over the years in order to keep it running smoothly – just like any other appliance you have at home. How much is a stairlift to repair if something goes wrong? Here at Companion Stairlifts, we issue a 12-month warranty for all of our stairlift models, which includes the repair and replacement of all necessary components. This means there will be no cost to repair your stairlift in the first 12 months and after that period, you can choose to renew your service plan for a small fee, starting from £19.43 per month.

How much does stairlift installation cost?

Due to the differentiating nature of stairlifts, the installation cost can depend on a number of factors, such as the home and the type of stairlift being installed. If you’ve read our how to install a stairlift guide, you’ll be well aware that you should always look at what installation options stairlift companies offer before purchase, as it’s a job that should be conducted by a trained professional. This not only ensures installation is done correctly, but it also means you’ll be taught how to use, maintain and clean your stairlift.

It’s hard to say exactly how much a stairlift installation will cost before a home visit takes place, but it certainly is worth every penny. Feel free to call us now on 0800 117 0162 to talk to our trained advisors about your needs and organise a home assessment, we will then be able to provide a quote on your stairlift’s price.

What is the electrical cost of running a stairlift?

Fortunately, modern stairlifts are very economical to run. The electricity required to power an energy efficient stairlift is around 0.024kWh per journey, so based on average usage or four journeys a day this use is around 35kWh/year.

If this is based on current energy prices, the electricity required to run a stairlift is approximately £12 per year. Curved stairlifts would be slightly more to run than straight stairlifts.

Can I get funding for a stairlift?

As our guide about financing a stairlift and stairlift grants explains, there are many ways you can get help to buy one. From schemes where you need to contact the local council to the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution, there are lots of ways that you can get help to buy a stairlift.

Stairlift prices in the UK

We hope this guide to stairlift prices has been helpful. While we can’t tell you the exact cost of a stairlift until after your assessment, we do promise to never be beaten on price so you can be confident in choosing Companion Stairlifts as your supplier.