Anglian Lifts offer what we think are the best range of home lifts for wheelchairs users, the elderly or disabled.
There is a huge range of house lifts and wheelchair lifts on the market. This guide is designed to help you understand the options so you can make an informed decision.
If you have any questions feel free to give the team a call 01733 971 975
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Types of Home Lift
There are several types of domestic passenger lift that can be used in a home setting. From stairlifts, platform lifts, cabin lifts and through floor lifts.
Choosing a home lift can be daunting so we’ve put together this guide to shed some light on the lift market and arm you with a check list before you make a purchase.
Home Lifts Are An Asset To Any Home
Domestic passenger lifts offer a modern and convenient solution for homeowners. A glass elevator looks impressive and doesn’t come with the same stigma as a stairlift for example.
They can be installed in about 2 days and if you decide to sell your home, they can be removed just as easily.
Are Passenger Lifts And Home Wheelchair Lifts Different?
Yes. Choosing which is most suitable really depends on the needs of the user. The main differences are the access, floor plan space and the controls. Wheelchair lifts and platform lifts are typically designed to accommodate a standard sized wheelchair and be operated by the wheelchair user. They are becoming more and more popular because the offer another option to converting a downstairs room into a bedroom.
Passenger lifts on the other hand are designed to cater for 2 or more occupants. Some can go between floors in under 30 seconds. There are many more placement options with this type and several models can be customised to stylishly blend in to the home décor.
How much does it cost to put a lift in a home?
House lift prices vary depending on the type, style and specification. At the more affordable end an unenclosed through floor wheelchair lift can start at around £15,000. All of our prices include installation, setup, training and a manufacturers warranty for the first year. We can also offer ongoing service contracts after the 1st year.
We offer a no-obligation site survey. One of our engineers can visit your home and find out more about your requirements. They will walk you through the options and offer suggestions for the most suitable type of internal house lift best and the ideal location. Then we can provide a quotation for a home lift that meets all your needs. Just send us an enquiry Anglian Lifts can also offer reconditioned home lifts too.
Custom made elevators can be considerably more expensive. Some manufacturers produce lifts which are specifically designed to have almost every aspect customised to suit the location and the user’s tastes.
Second hand lifts for sale
It is possible to source good quality second-hand house lifts. However, we would urge caution if you’re thinking of buying a used home lift. Make sure the company that you’re buying it from are reputable and have access to the original manufacturer’s spare parts in order to properly service and recondition the lift. Anglian Lifts are official partners to Stiltz, Thyssen Access, Terry Lifts, Pollock Lifts, PVE. This means we can get original equipment spare parts and support. Lifts are removed from homes when there is a change of ownership or the circumstances of the user changes.
What factors should I consider when buying a home lift?
5 things to consider when selecting a domestic lift:
1. What Size Home Lift Do I Need?
The right size lift will depend on:
- Which room you want the lift to be in.
- How much space is available in that room.
- How many people need to use the lift at one time.
- The size of the wheelchair or support chair (if applicable).
- If there’s a need for additional assistance equipment to travel along too.
Lifts come in many sizes. Some are compact, others are spacious. It’s also possible to have a custom design built to fit your home.
2. How Many Floors Can A Home Lift Travel?
The majority of UK homes have two floors. Home lift manufacturers catering to the UK market have standardised their offerings for 2 floors and this means prices are very reasonable. If your house has more than two-stories it’s still possible to get a home lift. Speak to the team for more information.
Domestic lifts can travel more than a single floor if needed but it increases the complexity of the solution and generally means the design will be specific to your house. The design specification and the installation processes becomes more complex and time-consuming. This therefore leads to an increase in the price of the lift.
3. What Building Works Are Needed To Install A Home Lift?
The Lift may need to have an aperture made in the ceiling. Consequently, this building cost should be included into a quote. Make sure to ask. A simple aperture can be cut out very cheaply if there aren’t any electrical wires or water pipes in the way. Room layouts may need to change to accommodate a lift
Consider whether a premium model lift will actually save you money in the long run. They can sometimes avoid extra building work. The lift itself may be more expensive but the overall installation could cost costs less.
4. What Specifications Can I Choose For A Home Lift
Luxury lifts cater to those who consider form and function are of equal importance. Features can be specified to match the individual’s needs and those of the home. These are usually more expensive and typically tailored to each customer.
Consider which features you need in a home lift. Do you need bigger buttons on the control panel? Does one of the potential users need a seat built in? Do you need the control panel on a particular side? Are there special control or features needed?
The look of a lift can also be customised. Some manufacturers offer different options for doors, flooring, interiors, and other trim and finishes.
Each specification and design feature will adjust the price of a lift.
5. How Much Does It Cost To Own A Home Lift?
Domestic elevators are a home appliance just like, for example, a washing machine. Therefore, just like a washing machine the running costs and servicing costs need to be taken into consideration.
Budget for how much electricity it will cost to run. A typical home lift will use a couple of kilowatt hours a day if used regularly. The energy consumption may end up being anywhere between 10p to 30p per day depending on the amount of use. Take a look at our FAQ at the bottom of this page for more information.
A good lift service company will offer services packages to suit your budget. Anglian Lifts offer several home lift service plans. Most suppliers offer at least 12 month warranty on breakdowns and parts.
If you have any more questions about domestic lifts, the costs involved, and which lift is the best option for you, contact the team to have a chat if any of the questions above are unclear or you need
Can I fit a lift in my house?
The Anglian Lifts team have seen a lot over the years. There are very few instances when a lift wasn’t a viable option. A shower cubical sized volume from the ground floor to the 1st floor is the minimum criteria. Then the next consideration is the aperture. It may not always be possible to make a hole due to the presence of a load-bearing beam or a waste pipe. However, that is rare and one of our engineers can advise on an alternative location.
Best lifts for a small house
Domestic elevator manufacturers have designed their lifts to be as compact as possible. Shaftless elevators take up less space than elevators requiring a dedicated shaft. A single person passenger lift will be the most compact an suit a smaller home better.
What are shaftless elevators?
A shaftless design gives a lift a very small footprint and makes it easy to install quickly and retro-fit into a existing house. Another advantage of modern shaftless lifts is that they don’t need a pit to contain the lifting machinery. It’s usually contained within the volume of the lift car.
An enclosure can be added if necessary though and this can come in useful when using a closet or some other feature of the house to disguise the lift.
Can pets use home lifts?
Yes they can as our MD Phil found out recently. In all seriousness though, there are safety features which mean pets wont’ be able to automatically start a lift. The “push and hold” style button operation also makes it less likely that a pet or small child could operate a lift. Shaftless lifts have sensors on the outside of them to detect any blockages and perform an emergency stop if needed.
Which is the best home lift?
Well, like we said earlier it really depends on what you need and the budget you have. Anglian Lifts have partnerships with the industry’s best lift suppliers. You really can’t go wrong with any of these brands.
Take a look below for a quick summary of the different home lift suppliers we work with. Click through the individual product pages if you want more information.
Stiltz Lift Duo+
The Duo+ Home Passenger Lift is designed to take 2 people. Quite and smooth. It only takes half a minute to travel between floors.
Stiltz Lift Trio+
The Trio+ Home Lift is built for wheelchair users. It can comfortably take a standard-sized wheelchair. It’s also ideal for multiple occupants.
Take a look at our Stiltz Lifts page and download the brochures
The Harmony unenclosed wheelchair through floor lift is ideal for wheelchair users. This lift can also have the duel options of using it seated in a wheelchair or on an optional fold-down seat.
Melody Series Public Access
The Melody 3 vertical platform lift provides a maximum travel of 3 meters safely for the home or public and commercial buildings.
It is available in two platform sizes and can be installed inside or outside of building.
Take a look at our Pollock Lifts page and download the brochures
Pollock Lifts have been designing and manufacturing home lifts in the UK for 35 years.
Their home lifts use a smart electric motor that requires less power to run when compared with other through floor lifts which require a hydraulic system.
Pollock 20 Series Through Floor Lifts
Pollock offer 2 versions of their through floor lift. The 20 Series Eco and the 25 Series.
20 Series Eco Through Floor Lift
The Eco version is an excellent choice for efficiently transporting wheelchair users between floors smoothly and quietly.
More environmentally friendly compared to hydraulic lifts. It requires 56% less power to run.
This list, like all Pollock Lifts, boasts exceptional safety standards.
25 Series Through Floor Lift
The elegant design fits unobtrusively into the home. This is the luxury end of the lifts spectrum. Fully customisable and silent running.
Pollock 40 & 60 Series Platform Step-Lifts
The Pollock Classic Step-Lifts are functional, stylish and robust.
40 Series Platform Step-Lifts
The Classic is suitable for domestic and business use for hights of 1m.
An on-board gate means it can be used as a public access lift helping premises open to the public to comply with the Equality Act.
Pollock Home Lifts’ 40 Series Classic 1m Steplift has a small footprint along with a high load capacity. It is now capable of lifting 280kg. This makes it a versatile and dependable step-lift.
60 Series Platform Step-Lift
The Independence Step Lift is an excellent access solution when a larger hight is needed. The aluminium and stainless steel design is both strong and gives a modern aesthetic.
The lift can be tailored to individual and business needs.
Take a look at our Pollock Lifts page and download the brochures
A home lift is an investment in your quality of life. They make homes more liveable and reduce effort, increasing the enjoyment of the home you love. The cost of a through floor home lift varies depending on several factors including size, the number of stops, specifications, and the amount of building work required. However, prices for a through floor lift start from £15,000. Ask for a no-obligation home survey today.
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Some Frequently Asked Questions About Home Lifts
How Much Does It Cost To Run A Home Lift?
Modern domestic elevators are economical to use. The annual ownership costs are the electricity to power it and maintenance. A decent service contract should be in the region of £500/year after the first year of warranty. Parts rarely go wrong so we wont consider spare parts in this analysis.
A Stiltz Duo for example, is rated at 1.15kW and runs for about 16 seconds to cover a typical 2.4m floor height. Therefore, the energy used per trip is 0.005kWh. Assuming the lift is used 20 times a day, then over a year it would use 37.3kWh which equates to about £10 assuming the cost per kWh is 27p.
This is roughly equivalent to a microwave which are typically between 600 watts and 1200 watts. A microwave however, is used for a longer periods of time than an elevator’s travel time.
How Much Electricity Does A Home Lift Use?
Most home lifts plug into a normal 13 amp power socket and draw about 5 amps. Over a year a lift may use around 30kWh to 100kWh depending on the size and frequency of use.
Do Home Elevators Work With Amazon Alexa or Google Home?
PVE elevators has recently announced that their range of lifts can now be integrated into smart-home systems to allow you to control your elevator by voice or phone app. It requires the user to download the eWeLink app to set up and once it’s done your phone becomes a remote for your elevator. Call the elevator to specific floors. Set routines so the elevator is ready and waiting when your return home.