Temporary Stairlift

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This page was last updated on 1 May 2022

Temporary Stairlift In 2022

Stairlifts, while a wonderful tool for helping people regain independence in their own home, can be very expensive to buy outright. If you do not feel that you have the financial resources to deal with the upfront expense of buying a stairlift, you can consider renting one on a temporary basis instead.

For many people, renting a stairlift for a few weeks or months at a time may be a more feasible option. It might be difficult to locate stairlifts that are suitable for your needs, for example, if you need a compact or curved stairlift, but there should be lots of different options out there to explore.

Types of rental stairlifts

There is a range of stair lifts for hire, including curved and straight stairlifts. Bear in mind that curved stairlifts may be more expensive to install and harder to locate than a straight stairlift due to the fact that they are often made bespoke to fit the curvature of the stairs.

If your house is small and contains narrow staircases, you should be able to rent a compact stairlift as well. These fold up small and can be packed out of the way when you are not using the lift to create more space for other stair users.

The stairlift rental service that you choose will be able to advise you on the best type of rental stairlift for your home after a free consultation.

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Why rent a stair lift rather than buying one?

If you only require a stairlift for a relatively short period, for example, if you are recovering from an accident or surgery, renting stairlifts for a fixed monthly fee may be a more cost-effective alternative than purchasing them.

A great advantage of renting a stairlift is that you are not committed to that one rental stairlift for a long time. You can try out different types in your house to see what works best for you. If one type doesn’t work for you, it is easy enough to switch to other stairlift models.

Not owning the stairlift means that most of the admin is done for you. Most stairlift rental companies provide installation and removal costs as included in the monthly rental charge.

What are the downsides?

Renting from a stairlift rental service won’t always be the right choice for you as it really does depend on your circumstances.

Bear in mind that if you end up needing the rental stairlift for longer than you imagined, the rental cost may end up being even higher than it would have been to purchase a lift outright.

Some people dislike the idea of being locked into a contract with a stairlift provider. Indeed, many companies will require you to pay at least one month’s stairlift rent before they allow you to cancel.

It can sometimes be stressful to not own the lift outright as, if you damage it, you will need to pay for the repairs when you return it to the rental company at the end of the fixed term rental period.  

How does stairlift rental work?

With a rental scheme, you pay for the lift on a weekly or monthly basis. The average duration of a stairlift rental is two weeks to a year, although this varies depending on the supplier.

You will pay a set monthly fee for the duration of your contract. You will also pay an initial installation charge which should cover maintenance and removal when you no longer require the lift in your home.

If you need to extend your rental term and you give ample notice, it’s usually possible. Sometimes you will be given the option to buy the stairlift for a reduced price at the end of your rental period.

Can you rent a stairlift for curved staircases?

You can rent both a curved and a straight stairlift but be aware that the monthly rental charge may be higher for curved lifts than for straight stairlifts. This is because curved stairlifts are often more bespoke and harder to install. But if you want to rent a stairlift for curved stairs, don’t let this put you off. It is worth looking around at different companies to see if you can get a good rental charge on a lift that fits your home. 

Do you need to return the stairlift?

The stairlift will be owned by the stairlift firm, not by you, so you’ll need to return it at the end of your rental term.

Read the rules and conditions thoroughly before renting a stairlift because there may be penalties if you return it late or damage it.

If you find that you wish to extend your rental period, you should discuss your rental options with the provider.

How long can you rent for?

The good news is that stairlift rental times are generally very flexible. Most rental firms allow you to rent for two to four weeks. This may be a practical solution for individuals recovering from surgery or an accident who require help getting up and down the stairs.

Alternatively, if you require a stairlift for longer, many companies offer rental periods of twelve months or more. If you can’t buy a stairlift outright but know you’ll need it for an extended period of time, this might be a great alternative.

Do you need to sign a contract?

Before allowing you to use their equipment, most stairlift rental firms will want you to sign a contract. This is intended to protect both the supplier and the customer by protecting them from any possible legal liability.

Make sure that you read the contract carefully to make sure that there are no hidden costs and that you understand your obligations to take good care of the lift while it is in your possession.

Can you extend my rental term?

If you decide to keep your stairlift after the rental scheme has ended, you’ll need to consult with the provider. There may be an additional charge if you want to extend the rental term.

Some suppliers may provide you with a discount if, at the end of your rental period, you decide to buy the stairlift that you have been renting.

How much will renting a stairlift cost?

Stairlift rental costs vary depending on the provider, but they are typically around £10-15 per week to rent a stairlift.

Keep in mind that some stairlift businesses may get you to sign a contract that would tie you in for a fixed period. If you’re not sure how long you’ll need the stairlift, you should inquire about the contract length before signing any stairlift rentals.

There are a few key things that will affect how much you pay for a stairlift:

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Length of stairlift rental

The main thing which will affect the cost of your rental is the length of time you rent for. It is up to you whether you play it safe with a shorter contract with a more expensive rate or if you anticipate that you will need the lift for longer, you may be able to get a better monthly rate.

Type of stairlift

Different types of stairlift cost different amounts. If you need a curved stairlift for curved stairs or a compact stairlift for narrow stairs, you may find that the costs are higher. This is because these types of stairlift are usually custom made.

Some rental stairlifts will come with additional features which have higher costs, such as advanced remote controls or an automatic footrest.

The stairlift rental service that you choose will be able to advise you on the best type of rental stairlift for your home after a free consultation.

Installation cost

You will also have to pay an upfront cost which will vary from provider to provider. This cost should cover the installation of the lift, as well as any subsequent maintenance. It should also cover the cost of the removal of the lift and the end of the contracted term. Look out for this when considering different stairlift companies.

VAT

Many suppliers charge Value Added Tax on stairlift rentals, so this too must be included in your budget.

Are there any financing options?

If you’re concerned about how much it will cost to rent a stairlift for you or a family member, there are many organisations that may be able to assist you in obtaining government subsidies or other funding options.

You might be eligible for a disabled facilities grant which will help you get hold of a stairlift for free. Disabled people may also be eligible for a VAT exemption. This would help reduce the costs of installing a stairlift in your home but be aware that if you need a stairlift rental for a short term illness, you may not be eligible.

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It can also be worth looking at second hand and reconditioned stairlifts as these are often in very good condition, and it can make more financial sense to buy one than to rent a stairlift.

If you buy a reconditioned stairlift, there is always the option of selling it on when you are finished using it. This can be a more sensible option than stairlift hire if you think that you will use the stairlift for a long period of time.

How does installation work?

Installation and removal are usually included in stairlift rental plans. However, you should verify this before booking to ensure that there are no extra charges. The cost of installation should also include the cost of servicing and maintaining your stairlift.

The installation should only take a couple of hours so you can be up and using your stairlift in no time. A straight stairlift may be quicker to install than a curved stairlift. 

The initial installation fee of curved stairlifts on a curved stairway is sometimes more than that of a straight stairlift due to the fact that it is more complicated to install.

How can you get a quote?

If you are interested in renting a stairlift, the next step would be to look online. Most stairlift rental companies will provide a free quote service on their websites. You will need to provide certain information, such as what type of stairlift you will need and how long you will need it for.

After this, a stairlift expert will come to your house and measure your staircase to make sure that the lift will fit your home. After this, they will be able to provide you with an exact quote, which should include the removal and installation charge.

Temporary stairlift maintenance

If you have an issue with your stairlift, contact the rental firm as soon as possible. The vast majority of suppliers provide a service for regular maintenance and repair of your stairlift.

If the stairlift is damaged while in your care, you must notify the provider as soon as possible. Most suppliers will ask that you compensate them for any damage caused to the stairlift while it was in your house.

Will temporary stairlift rental damage your walls?

The chair lifts do not harm walls or stairs in any way. The lift is connected to the stair tread rather than the wall, so you won’t damage your house.

The stairlift can also be easily removed without causing any damage. However, it is still best to leave all installation, repair and removal to professionals to keep wear and tear to a minimum.

Is there an alternative to a stair lift?

If renting a stairlift does not sound like the best solution for you, there are alternative options available. Consider the following alternatives for your home:

A perch or standing stairlift

While this is still a type of stairlift, perch and standing stairlifts can be a useful solution for people who cannot lower themselves comfortably into a seated position when going up stairs in their own home. This type of stairlift allows you to travel in an upright position, thus taking pressure off your hips and knees.

A wheelchair ramp

A wheelchair ramp can go either indoors or outdoors and is a great option in the home or in a public space such as a school. Wheelchair access ramps are a sensible option for those who can’t use a stairlift, and they have the added benefit of allowing you to transport a wheelchair.

Home elevator

Home elevators can be a great option in both residential and commercial settings. They are easier to use for some people than a stairlift, and they also allow you to transfer luggage and groceries between floors without having to use the stairs at all.

Consider the option that is best for you, and talk to your doctor or physical therapist about which would be the most effective solution. They’ll be able to help you figure out what course of action is ideal for you and offer tips on how to make your house more accessible.

Are temporary stairlifts right for you?

If you’re looking for a mobility solution for a short period and want to avoid the hassle of purchasing a stairlift, renting a stairlift might be the best option for you. Most rental companies offer free quotes and maintenance services for rental stairlifts, so you can rest assured that your lift will be in good condition.

Companies such as Acorn Stairlifts can provide further information about how to rent stair lifts for the elderly and temporarily disabled people. Remember to contact the stairlift company if you have any issues with the lift, and be sure to leave installation and removal to the professionals.

If you don’t like the idea of being tied into a fixed term rental contract, then consider some of the alternatives mentioned above or consider buying a reconditioned stairlift and selling it on once you are finished with it.

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More useful information on stairlifts

A Guide To Stairlifts

This article explains all you need to know about buying or renting a stairlift in the UK alongside information on where to find one.

Curved Stairlifts

Not all stairs are straight, so you may need a curved stairlift to go around a landing,  This article explains how you get a curved stairlift.

Stairlift Rental

Renting a stairlift is a popular alternative to purchasing a new stair lift.  This article explains how the rental process works.

Second Hand Stairlifts

Buying a second hand stairlift is much cheaper than buying a new one, especially if you nay not need it for long.  

Reconditioned Stairlifts

A reconditioned stairlift allows you to get an almost new stairlift for a much lower price than a new one.  This article explains how.

Stairlifts For Narrow Stairs

Thos will narrow stairs will need a specialist chair.  However, there are lifts that could work.  Our article explains what you need to know.

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James Lloyd

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why rent a stair lift rather than buying one?

If you only require a stairlift for a relatively short period, for example, if you are recovering from an accident or surgery, renting stairlifts for a fixed monthly fee may be a more cost-effective alternative than purchasing them.

What are the downsides?

Renting from a stairlift rental service won’t always be the right choice for you as it really does depend on your circumstances.

How does stairlift rental work?

With a rental scheme, you pay for the lift on a weekly or monthly basis. The average duration of a stairlift rental is two weeks to a year, although this varies depending on the supplier.

Can you rent a stairlift for curved staircases?

You can rent both a curved and a straight stairlift but be aware that the monthly rental charge may be higher for curved lifts than for straight stairlifts.

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