Five Key Questions to Ask Before Buying a Stairlift

Stairlift Companies East Anglia - Ransome Mobility

A stairlift represents a sizeable investment and you need to be sure that you choose one which is right for you. However, most people are unfamiliar with what’s available, in terms of features, finance and aftercare.

Ransome Mobility is one of the leading stairlift companies in East Anglia. Here are five key questions you should ask before you part with your cash.

Will it Fit My Stairs?

Stairlifts will fit most sizes and shapes of staircases. Straight staircases present less of a challenge than curved ones, as the stairlift can run on a simple rail, and this will be reflected in a lower price.

Curved staircases mean the stairlift will have to be made-to-measure, depending on the size and shape of each individual step. Even if just one step is at an angle, you will still need a curved stairlift.

Sometimes your home may need a minor modification to ensure the stairlift will fit and travel up and down safely. This is quite common and shouldn’t be a cause for concern.

Are There Any Specific Features That I Need?

You should always check that the stairlift you purchase is suitable for your particular disability. Most models have the same standard features, such as padded seats, armrests, seatbelts, footplates and adjustable seat heights.

However, there are a number of optional extras available on some models, such as powered swivel seats (which helps when you want to dismount), manual or power hinged tracks (which can be moved away from doors and other through routes when not in use) and a perch option (which is ideal for users who cannot bend their knees very easily).

Our website contains a full list of standard features and optional extras for every make and model.

Is One Brand Better than Another?

At Ransome Mobility, we are not tied to any particular manufacturer so we can give an honest assessment about which stairlift will be best for you. We supply many of the leading names, including Minivator, Freelift, HomeAdapt (the Elite is pictured above) and Access BDD. Our team of experienced engineers will take you through all your options before recommending any particular make or model – and the final decision will always be yours.

We have also compiled a stairlift comparison guide on all the major brands which you can check out by clicking on this link.

Can I Rent Rather Than Buy?

If you only need a stairlift for a short period of time – for instance, if you are recovering from an operation rather than suffering from an ongoing medical condition – then it may be worth exploring the possibility of renting a stairlift.

At Ransome Mobility, we only offer this option on our straight stairlifts as curved ones are custom-built for individual properties. Stairlift rentals are a cost-effective solution for around 18 months; if you need one for longer than this it is usually a better idea to purchase one outright.

What About Breakdowns?

You don’t want to be stuck halfway up the stairs in the event of a power cut or an internal problem with the stairlift. The brands we sell at Ransome Mobility are all battery powered so they will continue to work even during an outage. The battery charges itself whenever the lift isn’t being used.

In the event of a mechanical fault, at Ransome our team of trained engineers are on call around the clock, every day of the year.

Ransome Mobility – One of East Anglia’s Leading Stairlift Companies

If you would like to know more about our range of commercial and domestic stairlifts, then you can click on this link to find out the makes and models we currently stock. You can also call us on 01473 727263 or email us at

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