Stair chair lifts are becoming a more common fixture in more and more homes, as our population ages and we have to accommodate the elderly or injured. Since scaling the stairs can be an impossible task for them, a stair chair lift becomes a much-needed and well-appreciated feature. Similarly, those in a power wheel chair or otherwise gravity-bound will also eventually need some sort of chair lift for stairs in order to comfortably access their home’s second floor.
Unlike other assistant devices such as a power wheel chair or a cane, stair chair lifts require proper installation. Before installing, you will first need to assess the suitability of the stair chair lift, both for your needs and the existing structure of your home. This would involve a stair chair lift installation person’s visit to your home, which usually lasts about an hour. During the visit, the stairs are measured and the layout scrutinized. Also, an electrical connection is verified or if unavailable, is established. Bear in mind that if wires need to be connected to the main power supply, many places in the United States require a certified electrician to do the work.
Now if all the prerequisites are in order, installation of your chair lift for stairs can begin. It is becoming a trend in the industry for customers ordering a straight lift to install it by themselves. One review even said: “My son and I installed it Saturday in about 4 hours with him doing the “grunt” work while I enjoyed my coffee and read the instructions.”
Be sure to completely read the instructions that come with the lift before attempting to install it in your home. If, after reading the instructions, you don’t feel comfortable doing the installation, seek professional assistance which is usually available from your stair chair lift provider. Most people don’t even attempt to self-install a curved stair chair lift since these devices are much more complex to install and definitely require substantial installation.
Straight stair chair lifts are designed to allow self-installation, but it is strongly advised that the person installing it have sufficient mechanical aptitude and the skills and knowledge to complete the installation successfully. If you know that you are not that knowledgeable, it is always wiser and more appropriate to seriously consider the assistance of a trained installer who can accurately determine if your straight chair lift for stairs is being correctly installed or not. Now what seems to keep people from getting professional installation is the additional cost. However, if you think about it, you’ll realize that the risks and liabilities brought about by a poor job of self-installation could mean serious injury and even more expense than the savings realized from not hiring a trained installer. So be smart and be safe. If you don’t know what you’re doing, hire someone who does. It’s worth the cost in the long run.