5 Things to Consider When Renting A Stair Lift in Maryland, District of Columbia and Northern Virginia
Renting a Stair Lift can be a great alternative to the purchase of a stairlift. We get many calls from people unsure of how long they or their loved one will require a stair lift. Rental is a great option. Here are 5 things to consider when deciding between the Rental or Purchase of Stairlifts. follows.
1. What is the minimum rental period? Few stair lift dealers rent stair lifts however, most that do offer rentals have a minimum rental period or minimum rental charge.
2. Does the rental fee include installation and pick up at the end of the rental period? A low monthly rental rate may appear to be a good deal but, after adding all the extras, it may not be the deal you were hoping for when you called. And, get it in writing.
3. Service? Who pays for service during the rental period. A reputable company will include this in the rental fee and put it in writing.
4. Is the stair lift appropriate for the person using the lift? Be sure to check the weight capacity is appropriate for the person or persons using the lift. Also, you should consider the usability of the chair lift. Does the user have use of the hand that is needed to press the toggle switch that makes the stair lift move? Is the user able to push the seat swivel lever when they get to the top of the stairs in order to swivel the seat so it is facing the top floor? Is the person able to manually swivel the seat without assistance or will they need someone to assist them whenever, they need to use the lift. If a care giver is needed to assist when using the stair lift, wireless remote controls are an essential item that should be provided.
5. Is Rental of a stair lift better than a purchase? This is somewhat subjective but, if you believe you will need a stair lift 6 months or less, rental can be useful and financially sound. You will pay less than a purchase and there is not question what to do with the stair lift when you are finished since the rental company will be eager to remove the stair lift once rental payments end. Beyond 6 months, purchase is more likely your best bet. The initial cost is greater but, you can use the lift as long as you like and when you no longer need the lift, some companies will professionally remove your stair lift and pay you a nominal amount of money for your used stair lift.
Best Regards, Ed