Installing a home lift can be a fantastic solution for your home accessibility needs. But it can also seem overwhelming trying to find the best home lift for your needs. Multicare Mobility has answered the most common Home Lift questions, allowing you to make the best decision for your home and your future.
Which Home Lift is best for me?
The most important question you can ask when planning your home lift is, what lift is best for me? There is a huge range of residential home lifts on the market, all designed for a variety of uses. From outdoor step lifts to four-person multi-floor home lifts, the array of lifts can seem dizzying. Making a list of your exact needs and requirements will help to narrow down your search and then you can discuss your specific requirements with your trusted provider. Some good requirements to think about are who the lift is for, how many people will be using it, and why you need the lift? Together with the experts, these questions will help find your perfect lift.
How much space does a Home Lift take up?
Space is at a premium in most houses, and the amount of space needed for your home lift will vary based on the type and model of the lift you choose. Some home lifts can take up as little space as a standard armchair, but this would only suit the needs of a certain person. If you need wheelchair access, then this would be too small. The type of lift will make a difference to the required space. Traction lifts, for example, will take up more room than hydraulic lifts as they often have larger components and need engine space above.
How disruptive will my Home Lift installation be?
Home Lift installations can take anywhere from two days to six weeks to install depending on the size and placement of the lift. During installation, parts of your home may be unusable and so factoring this into the process will be key. Asking in advance will allow you to make alternate plans, book time off work or even make alternate sleeping arrangements whilst the work is being carried out.
Are Home Lifts safe?
Multicare Mobility prides itself on bringing you comfort without compromising safety. Before any work begins we will conduct site surveys and risk assessments and discuss all potential issues with you. Our lifts come with emergency brakes and lighting in case of power loss and have an emergency backup battery, allowing you to continue to move around your home safely and easily. Discussing these features when deciding what lift is suitable is something we will do together.
How often should my Home Lift be serviced?
Generally, no more than two services a year, although the top range lifts should really only need to be serviced once a year. This will of course change in relation to how much you use your lift. Whilst servicing may seem like an irritant, it is important in order to keep the lift running smoothly and safely whilst extending its life. As a trusted provider, we have access to a full selection of spare parts, meaning that maintenance and repair will be no issue. We also offer an extended warranty on all our models for true peace of mind.
How long will my Home Lift last?
The average life expectancy for a residential home lift is around 20 to 25 years, so this is something you should take into account when searching for your best system. There are of course factors that will contribute to the life of your lift, including quality and frequency of maintenance, and how often the home lift is used. Also, if you move house then we can come and uninstall your lift, transport it and reinstall it in your new house, meaning you never have to go without your mobility help.
How much energy will a Home Lift use?
A home lift will impact your energy bills. Unfortunately, there is nothing to be done about that. However, they are not as energy-draining as you might expect. Some lifts can be powered by a 13 amp power socket, the same as any household appliance and will use no more energy than a kitchen appliance. This will not be true for the larger sizes or traction powered models, which is something to take into account when deciding what model works best for you.
Using these questions to help decide on your home lift will ensure that you find the best mobility solution for your needs. To book a home survey or talk through your specific needs contact Multicare Homelifts today and let us take care of all your mobility needs.