It’s no secret that stairlifts can cost plenty of money, but they’re well worth the investment. After all, equipping your home with a stairlift can dramatically reduce discomfort and increase mobility – in many cases, fitting a stairlift means being able to stay in the home you love instead of moving somewhere else.
Unfortunately, many people attempt to slash their stairlift costs by going for a used model. Often advertised as ‘refurbished’, used stairlifts are cheaper than new ones, but there’s more than one reason why buying new is the smarter option.
- Peace of Mind
When you buy a new stairlift, you’ll usually be buying direct from the manufacturer. This is important since it means benefiting from a manufacturer’s warranty – if anything does go wrong, you’ll not be stuck with expensive repair bills. Of course, a new machine is far less likely to develop any faults in the first place. For peace of mind alone, the price of a new stairlift is more than worth it.
- Easier Maintenance
Let’s say something goes wrong with your stairlift. If the machine is new, repairs should be quick and straightforward. A service technician will be up-to-date with the latest hardware, and they should have no problem finding replacement parts. That’s not necessarily the case with a refurbished stairlift. Many will no longer be in production, so finding replacement parts can be tricky. Remember, you can’t simply mix and match different makes of stairlift parts. If replacement parts cannot be found, you might be forced to replace the entire system.
- Pristine Appearance
People often resist the idea of getting a stairlift because they dislike changing the way their home looks. But when you buy new, this is less of an issue. You’ll be able to select a stairlift that suits your home, and everything from rail to seat will look good as new when it arrives. When you buy refurbished, you’ll enjoy less freedom to customise your design, and the stairlift is likely to arrive with some cosmetic damage. Even if there’s no visible sign of damage, the system will probably look a little dated.