Fitting a lift in a house

Can a lift be fitted in any home? My elderly parents are keen to get one fitted instead of a stairlift, but are there any issues or limitations we should be aware of? The cost isn't a concern.

Asked by Everson on 17th Jan 2023
Expert Trade Answers
"The only concern is the allocation of space, a small lift can be installed in a home as long as there is adequate space for this, the floor may need to reinforced. The type of lift would be similar to what you find in a shopping area - a single storey lift. If it is a multiple storey lift this is where the complications would arise as there is more regulations required for this. I suggest speaking to a reputable company (i.e. Stannah or Kone) as they will be able to provide you with multi options however this would not be cheap. Plus ongoing maintenance and annual inspections would be required to ensure compliance and Safety - however both companies would offer service packages for this. I wouldn't suggest using a third party to install these products as lifts do have statutory obligation for safety under the law"
Answered on 17th Jan 2023 - Member since Jan 2023 - report
"Hi, A domestic single person lift is available from companies like Wessex and Stiltz. You might be able to get local authority help with financing the lift. Ask your GP for a local occupational therapist, they will assess your parents needs."
Answered on 8th Apr 2024 - Member since Jan 2024 - report
"Yes you can, however there are structural elements to consider as you will need to ensure extra weight can be taken on the foundations. A lift would a large load on the floor so it will need to be supported below and you will need to reinforce the area around it.

You will also need to make sure there is space for the lift as they are not small and you will need to ensure there is adequate space not only around but head height wise to accommodate the frame of the lift.

I would suggest speaking to a lift company about the options."
Answered on 17th Jan 2023 - Member since Dec 2022 - report
"Contact a company that specifically does this sort of work.
It’ll know doubt start by a chosen structural engineer surveying internal works to be done. To creat the necessary opening through your floor structure for the lift to pass through"
Answered on 17th Jan 2023 - Member since Jan 2022 - report
"It certainly is an option to install a lift into a home. When retrofit in a standard house, they will usually be installed between two floors such as a bedroom and lounge below, and footprint is small. All of the weight is usually bore at the bottom of the lift meaning you shouldn’t need to hugely strengthen floors between the lift. You can have them just for people to stand in, or wheelchair accessible too. If you search for ‘home lift’ various options should come up."
Answered on 17th Jan 2023 - Member since Oct 2020 - report
"Yes you can , the easiest way is to take the staircase out"
Answered on 25th May 2024 - Member since May 2024 - report
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