When is the right time to relocate your stairlift? If you are moving, or if your accessibility needs have changed, it makes sense to uninstall and relocate your lift. There are times, however, when it seems pragmatic to leave the lift behind. In some cases, it makes sense to contact the original retailer to find out more about relocating your lift. Here is what you need to know!
Installing a stairlift in the home can increase accessibility and improve quality of life. But what if you need to move mobility aids from your home? Are their situations that merit removing a stairlift from the living environment? There are times when it makes sense to reconsider and relocate a stairlift, here are a few:
You Don’t Need It Anymore
If your stairlift is an aid used during recovery from an injury or operation, you simply may not need the assistance anymore, in which case you likely will have it uninstalled or relocated. If you own the lift, you should contact the retailer or brand regarding a buy-back before selling it to a private party. If you only need the accessibility temporarily, renting a stairlift may be a viable option- but more on that later!
You are Reinstalling It Elsewhere
Are you planning to move? If you find yourself moving to a new home with the same accessibility challenges- stairs or steps- you will probably relocate the lift. Opt for professional installation in your new place to ensure no damage is done and that any existing warranty is not impacted. Talk to your original stairlift retailer to find out more or to inquire about relocating your stairlift.
Your New Home has Greater Accessibility
If you are moving to a new home with no accessibility challenges, you may also want to relocate your lift. This might be a good time to resell, trade, or relinquish the stairlift as you settle in your new home. Experts on aging suggest that consumers should consider future mobility needs when choosing to adapt or augment their living environment, so give this serious thought before getting rid of your stairlift, as it could be invaluable later on.
The User has Left
Another reason to relocate a stairlift is when the individual using it no longer lives in the home or has passed away. Those remaining may not want the lift to remind them of their loss or they may be preparing the home for sale or tenancy. In these instances, it makes sense to relocate or move the stairlift elsewhere. Some family members may choose to sell or donate the stairlift after the death of a loved one.
You Want to Upgrade
Those that are upgrading to a new or different model of stairlift will likely want to remove or relocate their existing lift. The company that you buy your stairlift from may offer professional uninstallation and installation services, ask! Also, consider making the home even more accessible by using the older lift on another staircase or on steps in the home. Either way, if you are upgrading to a new lift, the older model may need to be relocated.
Your Home is Being Renovated
Certain home renovations or construction projects that impact access- as well as during the labor- may warrant removing the lift temporarily. Depending on the living situation and home configuration, it may be prudent to uninstall the lift for now- or to reinstall it somewhere else during the home construction or remodeling projects.
Your Stairlift Rental is Over
Renting a stairlift is a practical approach for anyone recovering from surgery, an injury, or an illness. Are you currently renting your stairlift? The lift will be uninstalled and removed when the rental period is over by the retailer- but find our more details from your distinct seller directly. When your rental is over, you may have an option to rent-to-own or buy the lift in some instances.
You Sold your Home
If you have sold your home on the real estate market, it may be recommended that you remove or relocate the lift before the new buyers take occupancy. This may also be suggested by realtors during the showing and selling phase to appeal to a broader range of prospective buyers. Ultimately, the choice is yours but if you have sold your home, there is a good chance that you will be relocating your lift someplace new
Before you attempt to uninstall it yourself, contact the retailer that you bought your lift from. Some may offer to come and uninstall the lift, and many may want to buy or trade the lift, depending on various factors. Contact the seller directly to learn more.
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President, Husband, Father, Grandfather Graduate of UC Davis- Bio Sci Major- Go Aggies! Jeff has extensive experience in all of Pacific Mobility’s products and services, and specializes in accessibility products as well as stairlifts, ceiling lifts and custom wheel chairs. His hobbies include spending time with family, gardening, mountain biking, exercising and off road motorcycle riding.
24 years as Owner/President of Pacific Mobility Center – selling, installing, and servicing stairlifts, porch lifts, ceiling lifts, pool lifts, handicap ramping, specialty wheelchairs, scooters, power wheel chairs, and other power mobility devices
Certified Environmental Access Consultant since 2008
Licensed General Contractor since 1998
Certified Aging in Place Specialist since 2016
Board Member for Home Access Professionals
Member of Association of Members of the Accessibility Equipment Industry (AEMA)