Luckily most modern stairlifts are designed to fit most homes without any significant modifications. However, there are some basic things you need to be aware of before you install a stairlift in your home. These actions should be taken before installing the stairlift, whether you do it yourself or hire a stairlift installation company. Here are a few of them.
The first thing you need to do is to clear all obstructions near the stairway. This includes objects piled on the steps (if any), any objects such as plant stands on landings, and all pictures off your wall. You should also note any window sills, pipes, or other possible obstructions along the planned path of the stairlift. It is also a good idea to remove any furniture or other items near the top and bottom of the stairwell.
Even for stairlifts that run on batteries, it is good to have an electrical outlet near the stairway. If there are no electrical outlets in the area, consider hiring a general contractor or an electrician to install one. Also, keeping the batteries for the stairlift charging near the lift is always good to ensure that a charged battery is in reach.
Wider, straight staircases with no architectural obstructions or landings will make stairlift installation more manageable but rarely does any home fit this same profile. Some stairways are curved, while others are broken up with landings. For this reason, you need to take accurate measurements of the width of the steps and the total length of your staircase.
If you do have a landing in your staircase, you’ll need to decide if you want to install one continuous stairlift track or if you want to install two separate straight stairlifts, one before and one after the landing.
Installing a stairlift can be intimidating even for experienced DIY experts—especially when the safety of a loved one is involved, and you need to have it installed right. So always get a stairlift installation consultation if it appears that the job will not be straightforward or simple.
At Lift and Care Systems, we are authorized Bruno stairlift dealers and installers. We also offer free stairlift install consultations. Contact us at (508) 465-5254 or fill out our online contact form to speak to one of our stairlift specialists today.