When the stairs start to cause a problem your thoughts may turn to installing a stairlift. With the Halton Stairlifts Guide to Stairlift Rental, you can weight up the pros and cons of hiring a stairlift versus buying a stairlift. From style and function to cost and duration, we’ve summarised everything you need to think about before you make up your mind.
BUYING A STAIRLIFT OR HIRING A STAIRLIFT?
Access to the latest stairlift technology
Hiring a stairlift often means accessing the most up to date stairlift models for a fraction of the price of buying one. Stairlift engineers work to improve the comfort and usability of newer stairlift models, so when you rent a stairlift you’ll have access to the latest improvements in design. When you’re renting a stairlift you’ll be able to experience the smoothest movement, user-friendly controls, longer battery life, modern installation methods, and more hardwearing yet lightweight chairs. And when renting, you’ll also have the option to upgrade your stairlift when the newest state of the art models enter the market.
The affordable option
Depending on your circumstances, renting a stairlift can be the most economical option for a lot of homes. Avoiding a lump sum payment, renting gives the option for low-cost monthly payments instead, so you can stay in control of your costs and manage your stairlift budget on a month by month basis.
If you’re planning on using a stairlift for more than a couple of months, it’s likely to be more cost-effective in the long term to buy a stairlift. It’s worth exploring the finance options available to you if you’re not sure whether to buy or rent, so you can make a direct comparison of costs to help you decide. You could start by getting a free quotation from a stairlift supplier like Halton Stairlifts. Broadening your search to include both new and reconditioned stairlifts can also help to accommodate a range of budgets. Halton Stairlifts also offer a price matching promise, matching any written quote for other stairlift providers to help keep costs as low as possible. They also provide 0% financing so you can spread your payments without paying any interest on the price you’ve been quoted.
A short-term solution
If your stairlift usage is expected to be temporary, stairlift rental can be the ideal short-term solution compared to buying a stairlift. Hiring a stairlift can be an economical way to help people who are:
- Recovering from short-term injuries or are recovering from surgery that has affected their mobility temporarily. A rental stairlift can be quickly installed and removed without any damage to decor, allowing individuals to get around their home as they complete their physical rehabilitation or until their mobility improves.
- Visiting a home with stairs. If you are used to using a stairlift or live in a single story dwelling, visiting friends or relatives who don’t have stairlift access to upper floors can be an obstacle. Before your visit, you may wish to discuss the possibility of installing a rental stairlift throughout the duration of your stay.
- Waiting for a stairlift to be installed by the Local Authority (LA). Sometimes discharge from hospital or intermediate care can depend on whether your home has the necessary equipment to provide access to washing and sleeping facilities. If this means installing a stairlift, there can often be a significant delay in returning home as you wait for the LA to arrange the fitting. A rental stairlift can be a low-cost and satisfactory interim option allowing you to return to the comfort and familiarity of your own home as soon as possible as you wait for the LA stairlift to arrive.
Try before you buy
If you’ve been thinking about buying a stairlift for a while, but aren’t sure if you’re ready to take the plunge, renting a stairlift can give you the chance to give one a whirl before making a long-term commitment. Stairlift rental allows you to see how much of a difference a stairlift can make to maintaining your independence in your own home before you decide to buy one.
If you’d like to find out more about stairlift rental, speak to the Halton Stairlifts customer service team and arrange a free no obligation home assessment. You can discuss the range of rental or purchase options available to you and discover which one would best suit your needs.