If you’re finding it increasingly difficult to manage your stairs, getting a stairlift could make your life much easier. For elderly or disabled people with limited mobility a stairlift can take away the fear of having a fall on the stairs.
If you have a limited budget and are worried you can’t afford to buy a stairlift, you may be able to save money by purchasing a reconditioned model rather than a brand new one.
A reconditioned stairlift is a second-hand, used stairlift that has been refurbished and tested to ensure it is in full working order. Both straight and curved reconditioned stairlifts are available. As with brand new stairlifts, a reconditioned straight one can be installed quickly on a readymade track. A reconditioned curved one will need a custom made track to fit the exact curves of the stairs, so there will be a longer wait for delivery and installation.
Reconditioned stairlifts are sold by several well-known UK stairlift companies, such as Stannah, Handicare and Age UK. Unlike buying a second-hand stairlift from a private seller, by purchasing a reconditioned model from a reputable supplier you will get the peace of mind of a warranty, a professional installation and a customer support service.
Because they are older and have been used before by previous owners, reconditioned stairlifts are cheaper than brand new ones, but will have been tested to confirm they are functioning correctly and are safe to use.
As with brand new stairlifts, the price you can expect to pay for a reconditioned model depends on several factors.
You can expect to pay more if your staircase has bends or turns as you’ll need a bespoke curved track. Reconditioned straight stairlifts are much cheaper than curved ones. Which model you choose and which features you would like will also affect the price.
Generally it will be cheaper to buy a reconditioned stairlift than a brand new one. Brand new stairlift prices range from around £1,500 for straight stairs and around £4,000 for curved stairs. You can expect to pay less than this for a pre-loved reconditioned model.
Bear in mind that you are likely to get a longer warranty and more comprehensive breakdown cover if you buy a new stairlift. That’s why it’s a good idea to compare prices of both reconditioned and new models before making a decision. You may find it’s not much more expensive to get a brand new stairlift that hasn’t been used before and has the advantage of a much better guarantee.
You may be tempted to buy a very cheap second-hand stairlift from a private seller advertising in the local newspaper or online. We don’t advise this as you will have no protection if it develops a fault and stops working. We recommend that if you do want to buy a used stairlift you purchase a reconditioned one from a trusted and reputable company. That way you will get the security of knowing it has been correctly serviced and help will be available if you do have any issues with it.
In addition to the worry about whether a used stairlift is safe or reliable, you will need to find someone who can install it safely for you so that there’s no risk or accident or injury. You should also not buy a second-hand track for a curved stairlift as these type of tracks need to be made to measure.
A few companies have reconditioned stairlifts available to rent. Although this is likely to cost slightly less than renting a new stairlift, it is probably only an economical option if your need for the stairlift is very short term.
There is usually a relatively large set-up fee to get a rental stairlift installed and then fixed monthly payments for the duration of your contract. If you are likely to need a stairlift for more than a few weeks then buying your own (either new or reconditioned) is probably going to work out cheaper in the long run.
To find out exactly what getting a reconditioned stairlift will cost you, you will need to get a no obligation quotation from a reputable supplier. Most companies will make an appointment for a free home visit to discuss your needs and assess your staircase before they are able to provide an exact price, although in some cases it may be possible to get a price over the phone.
If you are considering a reconditioned stairlift we recommend purchasing it from a reputable supplier that can provide a full service history and warranty.
We also suggest you get quotes for both reconditioned and new stairlifts to see the difference in price. That way you can decide whether you think it’s worth paying a bit more for a brand new model with a longer warranty.