For individuals with disabilities and conditions that affect mobility, even getting around their own home can be difficult. A domestic lift can improve a person’s quality of life by giving them the freedom to move around their home more independently. But installing a home lift is an investment, so, we’ve put together this guide on how much a home lift costs and the different factors that affect the price.
Types of Home Lift
There are several types of passenger lift that can be used in a domestic setting – stairlifts, platform lifts, cabin lifts and through floor lifts.
When choosing a home lift to support a disabled person, we recommend a through floor lift.
A stairlift isn’t appropriate for individuals with no, or severely limited, mobility as a standing transfer is required to get onto the stairlift. Cabin lifts and platform lifts are suitable for someone with low to no mobility. However, these types of lifts are typically bulky, noisy, and can be difficult for the user to operate on their own. Through floor lifts are extremely versatile, safe and have a sleek, modern design which makes them ideal for home use.
Learn more about the different types of domestic lift in our comparison guide.
Home Lift Prices
Prices for domestic lifts vary depending on the features you choose to include, but the starting price for a through floor home lift is £18,000. This price includes installation, setup, training and warranty.
To get an accurate quote for your home lift cost, we can arrange a no-obligation site survey. One of our equipment specialists will visit your home and find out more about your requirements. Then we can provide a price for a home lift that meets all your needs. Just send us an enquiry!
Factors affecting home lift price
There are five main things to think about when determining how much a domestic lift will cost:
1) What size lift do you need?
You will need to decide what size lift you want for your home. The right size for you will depend on following:
- How much space is available in the room where the lift will be fitted.
- How many people the lift needs to accommodate at once.
- The size of the user’s wheelchair or care chair (if they intend to stay in their chair whilst using the lift).
- Whether any additional care equipment will be transported in the lift.
At Innova, our UltiLift home lift comes in four standard sizes – space-saving, practical, roomy, or extra wide (S, M, L, XL). Or, you can opt for a custom size that is designed and built to fit your space.
Larger lifts will be more expensive than smaller ones because more materials are required. This extra cost is often worth it for the added comfort, or in cases where an extra-wide lift is needed to safely accommodate a specialist power chair.
A standard sized lift is also more affordable than a custom lift. The advantage of a custom lift is you get more control. You can adapt the lift to fit the space you have available, avoiding the upheaval and cost of building work to adapt your house to work with a standard lift. So, in cases where a lot of building work would be required a custom lift may be more cost-effective.
2) How many floors will the lift cover?
Covering more floors means more stops have to be factored into the installation. This makes the process more complex and time-consuming, which increases the price of the lift.
Most UK homes only have two floors, so a domestic lift will typically only need to cover two levels.
If your house is more than two-storey, don’t worry! You can still get a home lift. The UltiLift can safely cover 1 – 4 floors.
3) Which specifications do you want?
The design specifications and optional extras you choose play a big part in the overall cost of a domestic lift.
You should think about which features you definitely need in a home lift. For example, do you need larger buttons on the control panel or a seat built into the lift? Once you have a list of ‘must-haves’, find out which are included as standard and which are upgrades that cost extra.
When it comes to your home, how something looks is often just as important as how well it works. Many home lifts will offer different options for interior finishes, door and flooring styles. Different options will have different price points.
The UltiLift is available with essential collection, creative collection, and premium collection designs. All collections offer a wide variety of options. So, you can find a design that suits your style and fits in with your home on any budget.
4) Is additional building work needed?
If additional building work is required to prepare your home for a lift, you will need to factor this into your overall budget for a home lift.
We touched on this point earlier on, but it’s one of the most important things to remember when choosing a home lift. You wouldn’t buy a new car without factoring in insurance and MOT costs. Apply the same thought process to a home lift and make sure you get a full picture of the total price for the installation!
For some types of lift, you may need to alter your room layouts or even build an extension to accommodate the lift. Major building work can be very stressful as well as expensive.
So, before you opt for a cheaper model of lift consider whether a higher-end model will save you money and hassle by avoiding extra building work. You might find that the lift itself is more expensive but the overall installation costs less.
All the UltiLift needs is one load-bearing wall to install the hydraulic drive technology. The rest of the lift shaft can be constructed with partition walls. This means that installation typically only takes a few days. The flexibility of this lift has been designed to minimise the need to additional construction work wherever possible. The top of the lift can even be adapted to work with existing sloped or low ceilings!
5) How much are the running, servicing, and maintenance costs?
Once you’ve got your head around how much you expect a home lift installation to cost, you may also want to think about how much it will cost to run, service and generally maintain your lift.
Running your lift will affect your energy bills and if your supplier doesn’t offer a warranty or servicing then you may have to pay more to third-parties for any repairs or maintenance.
The UltiLift is extremely energy-efficient, when in use it only uses as much energy as an iron!
Innova offers a 2-year warranty on all lift installations. Plus, our in-house team of trained engineers are on hand to help you with any problems and perform services every six months to comply with LOLER legislation. This makes sure your home lift is safe and running in top condition.
If you have any more questions about domestic lifts, the cost, and what kind of lift is best for you, please get in touch! We will be happy to offer advice.
A home lift is an investment in improving someone’s quality of life by making their home more accessible. For comfort, style, flexibility, and ease of use, we recommend a through floor lift for domestic use. The cost of a through floor home lift varies depending on size, the number of stops, design specifications, and the amount of preparatory building work required. But prices for a bespoke through floor lift start from £18,000. The best way to get an accurate quote for the cost of a home lift is to arrange an at-home site survey.