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Ability Bathe | December 20, 2022

How Much Do Stairlifts Cost In The UK? Our In-Depth Guide

How Much Do Stairlifts Cost In The UK? Our In-Depth Guide

According to estimates, the average person uses stairs at least 250,000 times in their lifetime. 

Going up and down the stairs is usually no issue for a younger person. But with ageing and declining health, mobility can become more problematic.

If you’re looking for a more accessible option, you may be considering having a stairlift installed. 

Stairlifts are the best solution for those with limited mobility, which often leads to the question, “how much does a stairlift cost?”.

This blog will provide a breakdown of the average price of stairlifts in the UK and the impacting factors.

Factors that impact stairlift prices in the UK

There are various types of stairlifts on the market and the cost of installing a stairlift depends on several factors. 

Factors that affect the cost of a stairlift include:

  • The stairlift company and brand
  • The type of stairlift
  • Additional features and specifications
  • Staircase length
  • Installation costs
  • VAT
  • Warranties and servicing
  • Running costs

Stairlift companies

There are a number of different companies offering stairlift installations in the UK, with various price ranges. 

It is always wise to compare prices of stairlift manufacturers and most stairlift companies will provide a free stairlift quote.

Here at Ability Bathe, we offer a variety of stairlifts that will suit every need. Our stairlift prices start from just £3,000.

Types of stairlifts

There are two types of stairlifts, namely:

  1. Curved stairlift
  2. Straight stairlift

Stairlift prices will differ depending on whether your staircase is straight or curved. 

Straight stairlift prices are usually much more affordable than curved stairlifts, as they are easier to install and come ready-made.

A curved stairlift is generally more expensive, as it will have to be custom-made according to your specific staircase.

Much more work is involved in manufacturing a curved track and it may also take longer to install.

For example:

  • The average price of a straight stairlift is around £800
  • The average price of a curved stairlift is around £3,000 – £5,000

There is also the option of choosing a reconditioned stairlift, which is much cheaper.

A reconditioned stairlift is basically a second hand or used stairlift that has been refitted onto a new staircase. 

This is obviously mainly available for straight stairlifts, as curved ones are tailor-made.

Additionally, there is the less popular option of a ‘standing stairlift’, for those who don’t need a perching major assistance.

Outdoor stairlift

At Ability Bathe, we also offer outdoor stairlift installations. These can also be custom-made to suit your outdoor staircase 

These stairlifts are designed to endure all elements and will not tarnish or rust.

Outdoor stairlifts can provide you extra peace of mind for those wet and slippery days.

Additional features and specifications

Apart from stairlift models, other aspects that will affect how much your stairlift costs are the optional extras. 

Before starting the stairlift installation process, you will have the opportunity to discuss your precise needs. 

Based on your individual requirements and circumstances, you will be advised on which optional extras you may find useful.

Optional extras that may be worth paying more for include:

  • Power swivel seat: this makes it easier for a user with limited mobility to get on and off the stairlift safely
  • Power-hinged track: this optional extra makes it easier to fold the track away when the stairlift is not being used, to avoid becoming a safety hazard
  • Perch seat: this is an alternative to a chair seat, intended for people who may have trouble sitting down or bending their knees.
  • Adjustable footrest: ideal for narrow stairs

Staircase length

The length of a staircase will also impact the stairlift cost. The longer your staircase, the more expensive it will probably be. 

Longer staircases may not be able to accommodate a standard model stairlift, in which case additional costs may be encountered.

Are stairlifts exempt from VAT?

If you, or the intended recipient are classed as disabled or chronically ill, you should not have to pay VAT on either the stairlift or the stairlift installation. 

This is because stairlifts and other products produced for disabled people are zero-rated. 

Another type of VAT exemption is a 5% VAT break for those aged 60 and over. 

If you or the intended user of the stairlift are over 60 but don’t qualify for 0% VAT, there should be a reduced rate of 5% VAT applicable.

If you think either of these tax exemptions applies to you, inform your chosen stairlift company before you place your order. 

After this, you will be asked to complete a declaration form.

Complete details about VAT reliefs for disabled and older people can be found on the HMRC website. 

Tax reliefs such as the above can have a dramatic effect on how much stairlifts cost in the UK.

What is the cost of a warranty and servicing?

A brand new stairlift should come with a guarantee or warranty period included in the purchase price.

According to which, 30% of customers felt pressured to take out an extended warranty. The average price for an extended warranty was £89, but they can be much more expensive. 

At Ability Bathe, we offer a 2-year guarantee on all stairlifts.

What about stairlift running costs?

The running costs vary depending on how much the stairlift is used.

It is estimated that on average, stairlifts cost around £5 a year in electricity, which is relatively energy efficient. 

Naturally, the length of the staircase is a factor here. That said, if you only use the stairlift twice a day, the running cost will be even less.

Another thing to consider is possible repair and maintenance costs.

Summary: how much do stairlifts cost in the UK?

Various factors will influence the purchase price of a new stairlift. 

For the most accurate price, arrange a home appointment with a reputable stairlift installation company, so they can take measurements and provide a quote for you.

If you’re looking to build a new bathroom, read our blog about the cost of a new bathroom.

Speaking to stairlift specialists like Ability Bathe ensures that a professional installation is done. We can have your new stairlift installed in just 3 hours.

If you have any questions feel free to get in touch with us today!

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