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6 Questions To Ask Before Installing A Home Lift

Published on 2nd June 2021
by Robyn

Here at Morgan Ellis, we truly believe that home lifts are an unbeatable accessibility solution for futureproofing your home, but if you’re new to the world of home elevators, it can all seem a bit daunting. From knowing whether a home lift is the right fit for your home, to knowing what to expect by the time installation comes around, there are a number of questions you can ask prior to that final sale to really get peace of mind. Here are 6 of our most common questions to get you started.

1 - Is a home lift right for me?

When it comes to home lifts, there are countless different designs and models available, meaning that in most cases, there is a model that will suit your needs and home perfectly. The range we offer here varies from single-floor through lifts, to cylindrical lifts with 360-degree panoramic views, offering something unique for any home or budget. However, it’s also important to think about what you want from a lift in your home. Do you want something simple but functional like the Stiltz Home Lift? Or are you looking for luxury and customisation like the Altura, Aritco or PVE Vacuum lifts? We are on hand to help you decide which lift will suit you and your property the best.

2 - How much will a home lift cost?

The cost of your home lift will ultimately depend on the model you choose, any additional features that you want to include and any costs associated with preparing your home for installation. We will provide you with a no obligation quote once we’ve discussed what you’re looking for from your home lift, which you can either accept and approve, or reject if it isn’t suitable for your budget. We are always willing to talk about options and what will suit your available budget best. For a basic idea of how much each model starts from, take a look at our home lift prices.

3 - How much space will I need?

Similar to the cost of a home lift, the space required for one will depend on the model and size that you choose. Our PVE vacuum lift, for example, comes in three different sizes with three different footprints, though doesn’t require a pit or headroom. The PVE 30 will require 800mm of floor space, the PVE 37 will require 1000mm of floor space and the PVE 52 will require 1400mm of floor space in order to be installed. Home lifts are designed to be installed in all kinds of properties and are compact as a result.

4 - Are home lifts safe?

Here at Morgan Ellis, we only supply the safest lifts in the industry, all of which have been tested and approved at some of the highest standards on the home lift market. Each lift is tested and compliant with the EN81-1/2, the EN81-41 and the 2006/42/EC Machinery Directive and coupled with our site surveys and risk assessments, will be installed with the utmost care and with safety at the forefront. All of the lifts we supply also have emergency brakes in the case of power loss and some will even lower you to the ground floor in these situations so you can still exit the cabin. 

5 - Will a residential lift suit my property?

If you’re worried about whether a home lift will suit the style of your home, you’ll be pleased to know that many of our lifts offer customisation options so you can get the lift that best suits your style. The Altura lift, for example, offers full customisation of the floor, walls, doors, buttons and more, meaning every feature can be changed to fit the space. The Aritco and PVE lifts also offer a level of customisation, which we are happy to discuss with you, or you can view in the brochures.

6 - How disruptive will installation be?

When it comes to installation, we will discuss your schedule with you to determine the best time to come in and install your lift. In most cases, the lift will only take a few days to install or in some cases, just one day providing the site is prepared before we arrive. This may include cutting holes in the floors or preparing a slight pit depending on what is needed. We will discuss all of this with you in plenty of time, giving you the opportunity to organise and arrange any alternative arrangements.

For more information about which home lift is the right option for you and how you can go about buying one, get in touch with a member of our team, today.