For seniors aging in place and coping with reduced mobility, staircases can be one of the most problematic areas of their homes. When handrails are no longer enough to provide the stability needed to confidently navigate steps, a stair lift can be the ideal solution, offering a safe and comfortable method to get from one floor to the next. If you’re considering having a stair lift installed at your home, it’s only natural to wonder how much it will cost. The answer to that is: it depends. Every home is different, and the type, shape, and configuration of the stairs will play a significant role in determining the price of your lift, as will the model of stair lift you opt for.
Probably the most significant factor that influences the cost of a stair lift is whether a straight or curved track will suit your needs. For a straight staircase with no landings, the average cost of a stair lift is between $2,500 and $5,500. For L- or U-shaped stairs with one or more landings, the price typically starts at about $10,000. Of course, it doesn’t have to be an either-or situation. For homeowners who are comfortable transferring from one chair to another, two or more straight lifts can be installed to traverse staircases with landings.
Stair lifts also come in outdoor models engineered with materials such as marine-grade upholstery and covers specifically designed to withstand the elements. Outdoor chairs tend to travel farther distances, so a straight lift averages between $3,500 and $6,5000, while a curved lift usually starts at about $12,000.
In addition to the above-mentioned variations, most manufacturers also offer several different stair lift models, ranging from basic chairs to luxury rides. Some of the features that differentiate models include increased weight capacities, higher-grade upholstery, wireless call/send controls and fold-up seats, armrests, and footrests. Premium stair lifts are usually $2,000 to $5,000 more than the economy versions.
If you live in the Upper Peninsula and are interested in adding a stair lift to your home, the company to turn to is the Barrier Free Store. We are a local company based in Marquette and a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist. Contact us today and schedule a no-obligation consultation. Partnering with the Barrier Free Store for your aging-in-place needs is always a step in the right direction!