If you find yourself in need of a stairlift to safely move about your home, you may be daunted by the cost of buying one new. If this is the case and your budget is limited, there are a range of other options out there to give you the assistance you need in an affordable and efficient way.

New installations can be expensive, and that’s without considering the additional expense of coverage and breakdown fees. Instead of breaking the bank, you could opt for a reconditioned model that will bring you all the benefits of a new and reliable model, without the associated costs.

If you have any doubts about installing a used model, be assured that each stairlift will have been restored to full working order by a team of qualified professionals.

Alternatively, you could opt for a refurbished model, which will essentially be as good as new. These can often be slightly pricier than reconditioned ones, so it’s best to thoroughly explore your options if you’re worried about spending too much.

The first thing you need to do is to ascertain whether you’re looking for a straight or curved model by looking closely at your staircase. Whatever its shape or size, there are many companies out there who will provide you with a fully bespoke model to fit your exact specifications.

It’s important that you use a reputable company to ensure you’re getting the highest quality product, manufactured to meet British safety standards. If in doubt, call the customer service number on the company’s website and speak to an official customer service representative about their accreditation.

It’s also vital that you check out your coverage options, as you wouldn’t want to be left with reduced mobility if your stairlift breaks down or encounters a mechanical fault. Full coverage should be offered to you (whether you buy a new model or a reconditioned one) but you’ll need to pay close attention to your options to make sure you’re getting the best deal.

The most important part of your coverage is that it includes a round the clock callout and repair service. In the event of a breakdown, you’ll need to be assured that someone can come out to your home right away and fix the problem.

Delays in fixing or replacing your stairlift could cause a lot of disruption to your daily life – and without insurance, there are no guarantees someone will be able to be able to help. Make sure you’re covered by thoroughly checking your insurance details, and be sure to consult a customer service advisor if you’re ever in doubt.

Another affordable alternative to buying a new stairlift is to rent one. Rental services are offered only by the UK’s most reputable suppliers, so you’ll need to do some research if you want to use this service. But a rental service can provide a whole host of benefits – for starters, you’ll only have to pay a small monthly fee once your model has been installed.

You can rent stair lifts for either long or short term use, but it’s advisable to find a supplier who doesn’t require you to enter into a contract with them. These services are designed to help those who cannot afford to buy their own stairlift, so they should be both flexible and affordable for the customer.

In terms of cover, the company you’re renting from will essentially still own the equipment – so the good news is they’re responsible for its upkeep. This means that all repair and replacement services should be included in your monthly cost, but it’s best to check this with your supplier before agreeing to anything.