As the specialists in everything domestic lifts, one of the questions we are asked most at Home Lift Experts is ‘how much do home lifts cost in the UK?’ Here is our helpful guide to give you a rough outline of domestic lifts prices and the cost of installing a through floor lift in your house.
Home lifts are wholly invaluable to people with mobility difficulties or disabilities, but they are also increasingly being installed by people wishing to future-proof their homes, by making their homes a safe and comfortable space for them to stay in as they grow older. Whether your lift is for a lifestyle choice now, or because you are disabled, domestic lift costs are of course paramount as to whether you choose one now, or prefer to save and install one in a couple of years.
What sort of domestic lifts are available to install in the home?
Before talking about costs, it is important for customers to know the different types of home lifts that are available to them. Only then can you really talk about home lift prices in context.
There are in fact, four main types of domestic lift available on the market, traction home lifts, vacuum home lifts, hydraulic, and non-hydraulic home lifts. At Home Lift Experts we find non-hydraulic home lifts are the most popular due to the many benefits they offer over the other three types, price of lifts for the home being just one consideration.
Traction home lifts use cables and a counterweight to move up and down within a lift shaft. The cables need to be replaced every five years so traction home lifts come with relatively high maintenance costs and disruption, plus the ride tends not to be so smooth.
A vacuum home lift is powered by a system of pumps and turbines which control the air pressure above and below the cab to transport it. A vacuum above the cab pulls it upwards, while the slow release of air pressure floats the domestic lift back down which means there is no hoist or pit required.
Hydraulic home lifts need a lot of space as they work using a pump sending hydraulic fluid through to a jack which pushes the lift up and down by a piston at its base. These domestic lifts require a separate machine room, and more maintenance than any other home lift type, which adds to their overall long-term price.
Non-hydraulic home lifts have been at the heart of most of the technological advances in the industry, and therefore prove to be more popular than any of the more ‘traditional’ types of domestic lift. Non-hydraulic home lifts travel on self-supporting rails, powered by a very small, discreet motor contained within the lift itself, and plug straight into a normal household power socket.
There is no requirement for a lift shaft, or a pit, and they do not require a load bearing wall meaning these domestic lifts can fit neatly into many different locations in the home. Non-hydraulic lifts have an incredibly small footprint and many of have been designed to ‘disappear’ when not in the room, maximizing the living space in the home.
Prior to installation, only a little preparation work is required by a professional builder, minimizing overhead costs. With all these features and technical benefits, people are often surprised that to have one of these lifts in your house, home lifts prices for non-hydraulic lifts can be surprisingly affordable.
Domestic Lifts Cost: How Much Does a Through Floor Lift Cost in the UK?
What to consider when looking at cost of a home lift?
Of course, domestic lifts prices vary depending on the type of lift chosen, but from the start, there are a few variables to be aware of to make sure you are comparing like with like. The standalone lift unit is the first cost to consider, but you also need to know the cost of the site preparation and installation based on your specific site survey, as some lift types require relatively costly work. In addition, do make sure that delivery of the unit is included as shipping costs can become extremely expensive. And finally, ensure you factor in any ongoing maintenance costs, as over their lifetime some types of lift cost more than others.
Traction Home Lift Cost UK
Traction lifts are typically more expensive than other types of home lift and based on a standard installation could cost between £28,000 and £33,000.
Vacuum Domestic Lift Price UK
Costs for a vacuum lift start from around £28,000.
Hydraulic House Lift Cost UK
A basic hydraulic home lift, based on a standard installation for a standard through-floor lift is between £23,000 and £28,000.
Non-hydraulic Home Lifts Cost UK
Unlike a hydraulic, traction or vacuum lift, the non-hydraulic home lift is much more affordable. These are the Home Lift Experts site’s most popular lifts due to the features, convenience and value for money they offer. The top three brands requested are Stiltz Home Lifts, Lifton Home Lifts and Artico Home Lifts. Based on a standard installation, Stiltz have a starting price of £15,000, Lifton start from £17,000 and Artico from £20,000. These are of course indicative costs, subject to site survey and individual customers’ exact requirements, but do include all site preparation work and delivery costs.