Perhaps the question uppermost in the mind of anyone considering a stairlift is “how much will it cost?”
A quick trawl of the internet will soon show that most reputable stairlift companies do not quote ‘flate rate’ figures for the cost of a stairlift, and Acorn Stairlifts is no exception. The reason for this is simple – every staircase is different, so no two stairlifts are exactly the same or will cost the same.
It might be possible to quote a figure for a ‘typical’ straight stairlift fitted to an average 13-step straight staircase, but even that is problematic. Many straight staircases have doorways or tight spaces at the foot of the stairs where a standard stairlift rail might cause a trip hazard. Or they might have a ‘mini-landing’ at the top where a small modification is needed.
If we quoted a ‘standard price’ it would have to account for these possible modifications. Stairlifts which do not require any would actually cost less than the standard price, so it would be misleading and possibly off-putting. Some stairlifts which require particular modifications might cost a little more.
With curved stairlifts it is even more difficult to give a ‘guide price’ as these staircases can differ widely, each one needing a ‘made-to-measure’ solution. Achieving that solution is no problem with Acorn’s pioneering FastTrack® modular system for curved staircases, which means they can be fitted in just a few days after an order is placed. But the cost will be dictated by the unique dimensions and requirements of these staircases, and the individual needs of the stairlift user.
Again, every stairlift is different, so it is impossible to quote a ‘one-size-fits-all’ price. If you come across a company which appears to do this, be very careful to ensure that the price is inclusive. Some companies will quote an apparently low ‘headline price’ to lure customers in, but that price does not include a range of ‘hidden extras’ (such as extra charges for any modifications or options, delivery and fitting costs) which soon bump up the true cost.
It’s easy to assume a company is being evasive by not saying ‘upfront’ what its product costs, but in the case of stairlifts it is practically impossible to give a realistic quote without first assessing exactly what is required. Rather than being evasive, Acorn is open and honest in saying we simply cannot give a ‘standard price’ as there is no such thing as a standard stairlift.
But here’s the thing… finding out an exact price for your bespoke Acorn stairlift won’t cost you a penny. If you’re considering investing in a stairlift, call us on 0800 01609760 to book your free, no-obligation home survey and quote. Your local Acorn surveyor (we have a network across the UK) will visit as soon as it’s convenient for you.
The surveyor will carefully measure your staircase, taking note of any modifications which might be needed. For example, a frequently used one is a hinged rail section at the foot of the stairs, which allows it to be folded up out of the way when not in use so as not to cause an obstruction. Just as importantly, our surveyor will answer all your questions and talk to you to clearly establish the needs of the stairlift user. The person using the stairlift is the most important part of the equation, as the stairlift has to meet their needs.
Only after all the necessary information has been gathered will our surveyor be able to give you an accurate quote for your individually-tailored Acorn Stairlift, which could well be less than you imagine. To stress again, your Acorn home survey and quote is completely free and carries no obligation.
And if you decide to go ahead, the price we quote is the price you’ll pay, with no ‘hidden extras’ or additional costs. Furthermore, we won’t pressure you into making a snap decision – our quote is valid for up to a year, giving you plenty of time to decide, or obtain other quotes for comparison.
Acorn’s prices are extremely competitive. As the world biggest company devoted solely to building, installing and maintaining home stairlifts, we manufacture more than 70,000 each year at our factories here in the UK. That economy of scale helps us keep costs down while maintaining very high quality standards. We also sell directly to the public, so there are no ‘middlemen’ taking a cut and you’re paying for the product you receive, not the retailer’s high street showroom.
One final thing to bear in mind is that an Acorn Stairlift is an investment in maintaining or improving your daily quality of life and safeguarding your ongoing independence. It enables you to remain in the home you love and enjoy all of it, effectively turning your two-storey home into a bungalow by removing the obstacle of stairs. To find out more, give us a call today on 0800 016 9760.