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Stair lift prices

The price for pay for a new stair lift depends on your stairs. Generally curved stair lifts are more expensive than straight stair lifts.

Getting chair lift prices

If you are thinking of getting a stair lift, you should make sure that you ask several stair lift suppliers to come and give you a price. All you need to do is telephone various stair lift installers and ask for someone to come round and give you a quotation. It's a good idea to get at least three quotes. If you are elderly yourself, it's a good idea to make sure you have a friend or a member of your family with you when the stair lift sales person calls so that you can compare notes after they have gone

Stair lift sales presentation

When the stair lift sales person calls, expect the sales presentation to last anything from 30 minutes to one hour. The sales teams are trained and are used to dealing with the elderly. However, that does not mean to say that they will not deliver a slick sales presentation and at the end of it, they would dearly love to to sign on the dotted line.

Typically, the presentation will begin with an introduction to the stair lift company and their product range. You will also be given brochures. The stair lift sales person will then describe the features and benefits of their products and tell you how much better they are than their competitors.

Measuring up for a stair lift

At some point during the presentation, the sales person will review your stairs and take some initial measurements - usually at the start of the presentation. This information will be used to calculate the cost of your stair lift.

Stair lift estimates

When the stair lift sales person has the measurements they need, they will give your their initial price for your stair lift. If you have straight stair, expect the cost to range from £1000 to £2000 depending on the length of your stairs and any special requirements such as a hinge rail if you have a door at the bottom of the stairs. If you have a curved or right angled stairs, expect to pay a lot more. Prices will probably start at £5000 plus.

Chair lifts sales tricks

Although the stair lift sales people are generally good with elderly people, they will be desperate for the business as they usually work on commission. There are various sales ploys they you to encourage you to buy. For example, they will quote a price, say £5500, and then make a few phone calls and then say that they can reduce the cost by £1000 if you sign up there and then and have the lift fitted next week as they have a 'second hand' chair they can use.

Another trick is to quote price and leave. If you do not get in touch, they will send you a letter a week or so later saying that they are suddenly able to offer you the stair lift £1000 cheaper because of an unexpected cancellation or spare seat that has suddenly become available at a reduced price.

My mother had a stair lift fitted and Acorn Stairlifts employed both of these tricks to encourage sales. In the end my mother did buy an Acorn Stair lift but only because Companion let her down miserably. They turned up, spent four hours fitting the chair lift but when they got to the top of the stairs, they decided that it did not fit and dismantled the whole thing and left it in her garage. My mother then heard nothing for several days, so got in touch with Acorn.

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