Buying a used stair lift is an excellent option for those individuals that want to save some money and have a functional stair lift in their home. A well-thought-out plan is needed before trying to recycle a previously used stair lift. A good quality stair lift should have a minimum amount of problems and preferably the lift won’t have any problems at all. There are some key factors to think about before obtaining a used stair lift.
If you’re going to install the unit by yourself, you should definitely make sure that the stair lift is operational before you make the purchase. If you don’t see the lift in operation and try to set it up in your home, you may find that some parts are missing that are crucial to the working components of the lift.
You also want to make sure that it’s a current model. Obtaining older stair lifts could lead to problems down the road as parts become unavailable for that specific type of model. Stair lifts are a mechanical piece of equipment that require maintenance and upkeep. Not having the proper components will leave the lift out of commission.
Another important aspect of buying a used stair lift is to determine if the seat height matches your requirements. Some of the seat heights are very high. If you have a short person using the lift it could end up being a problem for them. You want to make sure that the person using the lift can transfer to and from whatever piece of equipment they are using. That might be a wheelchair, scooter or an able-bodied cane user. Also make sure that they can manage the transfer from a standing or sitting position. Safety and an easy transfer is the key factor to consider here.
You must also determine if the stair lift will be used on the right or left side of the stairs. If the unit can only be used on the left side of the stairs and you buy a used piece of equipment that can only be used on the right, you’ll be stuck. The last point to consider is the angle and slope of your stairs. An extreme slope in your set of stairs may disqualify a used stair lift system altogether.
Use this buying guide when you set out to purchase a recycled stair lift system and protect yourself from buying a piece of equipment that doesn’t fit your needs.