Do you want to know how homelifts are installed?
The most common question we get surrounding homelifts is regarding the installation process. Many assume that the installation of a homelift is complex and can cause a lot of disruption in the home but this is far from the truth.
Maybe you’re thinking about purchasing a residential lift, and you might want to have some idea of the installation process before you decide if it’s the right home mobility solution for you?
In this article, we aim to provide you with a simple guide that takes you through what to expect with your homelift installation.
How long does a homelift installation take?
The actual time to install a homelift varies dependant on where you wish to place the home lift, and consequently, the building work involved. A straightforward installation with no need for major building work can typically be done in as little as one day! But if there is a need to move any pipes and electricals this can take longer. Your qualified home lift installer can let you know an approximate timeframe.
The Homelift installation Process:
Step 1: Book a Home Survey
Once you’ve decided on your make and model of stairlift, you can then book a home survey where a qualified domestic lift installer will come to your home and will work together with you to decide where you’d like your homelift to be installed. The great thing about the Stiltz Homelifts that we stock, is that they have a small footprint, so they can be installed just about anywhere that you like. But your home survey/assessment is a great time to ask questions about this and confirm you are happy with its location.
Step 2: Prepare your home
Once you have decided where you’d like your homelift to be installed, a date can be arranged to start the works! In the meantime, this is a good time to start preparing your home for the installation. During the installation, the area directly around the homelift location will be out of bounds, but the rest if your home will be unaffected. Therefore, we recommend moving any furniture or essential items from the working area or into another nearby room.
Our installers will arrive with everything they need so there is no need to hire any external contractors or builders.
Step 3: A Hole is created in the Ceiling
So that your home lift can move up and down between the levels of your home we need to create a hole in the ceiling to allow the home lift to pass through. A small hole that is measured to the exact dimensions of your home lift which is then reinforced to support the homelift. Electrics and water pipes that need to be re-routed are done at this stage too.
Step 4: The Track is fitted
The next step is to fit the track in place. Homelifts run on a simple track system which is what guides the homelift up and down through the created hole in the ceiling.
Step 5: The lift platform is assembled to the track
When the hole is created and the track is fitted, it’s ready to fit the actual platform lift onto the track.
Step 6: Testing
Nearly done! Now that everything is in place, the homelift needs thorough testing from our expert installers, to ensure smooth and correct functioning.
Step 7: Installation Complete
Once the home lift has passed its testing, the installation is complete! Your domestic lift installer will handover your owners manuals and show you how to confidently operate your new home lift.
We hope this article has helped answer all of your questions about how to install a homelift. If you have any further questions, please see our frequently asked questions about homelifts, or we have another handy article if you are a first time buyer that would like more info on the complete domestic lift purchase process from start to finish. Alternatively please feel free to contact our friendly expert team for advice or a personalised consultation.