A domestic lift has been proven to transform people’s lives. What can be surprising is the different life stages at which homeowners decide the time is right for them to install a home lift. That is why the team at the Home Lift Experts thought we would look at the five most common reasons customers give for choosing home lifts.
1. Future-proofing the home
This is having a huge uptick in popularity. Future-proofing is when younger, able people make adjustments to their homes now, to prepare for when they are older, so they can stay in their ‘forever homes’ long into later age.
These adaptations might be alterations in the bathroom and kitchen, using clever gadgets and appliances to make life easier and safer. For example, adding handrails in the bathroom, or ovens at counter height in the kitchen for safe cooking without needing to bend down.
Or adaptations might be around making the home more accessible, replacing steps with slopes or adding a home lift. Adding a home lift as a future-proofing upgrade is proving to be one very popular change.
The most successful future-proofing solutions are ones which are not obviously done for older people, and add benefit and value to the home right now. A domestic through the floor lift is a very convenient and stylish addition and, therefore, is an asset to any home long before a home owner might need to rely on it for mobility reasons, making it the perfect purchase for the now, and the future.
2. Finding stairs difficult
Many domestic lift customers are people who have started to find climbing the stairs difficult. This can be for a number of reasons, such as elderly people with arthritis or neuropathy, people recovering from a serious illness, people suffering from recurrent dizziness, or those who have had an accident resulting in injury or mobility loss.
When faced with problems using the stairs, not being able to access all areas of your own house can be a difficult prospect. Installing a home lift negates the need to create a bedroom and bathroom on the ground floor – often at great expense – and allows the home to be used in the way it was designed. Generally, this also means less interruption to family life, with children and parents able to sleep on the same level of the house, allowing for life to continue as normally as possible.
3. Home renovation
A key point at which many people install a home lift is during the renovation of their home. During the process of redesigning the home people think carefully about how they use their space, and how this use might evolve over time. It only seems natural that a customer might choose a compact style home lift, many of which have a tiny footprint, which can be easily added nearly anywhere in the home to really add wow factor and convenience.
Those people upgrading their properties often choose to add a sleek home lift in their entrance hall as an elegant focal point to their home.
More architects are also understanding the benefits of having a home lift as well as a staircase to aid with the flow of a home, and are recommending them in their plans. By adding a domestic lift during the design process of the whole home, a customer can ensure that it is given the best possible location for ease of access and convenience.
4. Early diagnosis
When someone receives an early diagnosis of a degenerative illness or disease, often one of the first considerations is about how to retain as much independence and freedom if and when the condition worsens.
Many home lift customers are in the early stages of a condition, and have taken decisive action to prepare their home in case their mobility becomes more difficult in the future.
In the same way as future-proofing, installing a domestic lift before it is needed for mobility reasons is perfect, as many home lifts are an elegant and useful addition to the home.
Installing the home lift when well has the benefit of being able to plan where the lift works best for the entire layout of the home, and make the best possible adjustments for the whole family. It also helps to remove some of the stress and worry for the future about not being able to access the whole house should mobility deteriorate rapidly.
5. Move or stay
When mobility becomes difficult most people start to consider moving house into a ground floor apartment or bungalow. Many home lift customers are people who have recently had the dilemma of whether to make the costly move from the family home, or to stay put and add a domestic lift.
Adding a domestic lift to a property enables homeowners to continue living in and enjoying the family home that so often has been designed over many years to suit the owners’ needs perfectly.
By not moving house and staying longer in their existing home, owners also benefit from not having to leave the familiarity of a well-loved neighbourhood, and local friends and family. As well as avoiding the cost and disruption of moving, homeowners also get the joy of staying in the property which is often the heart of family life, as they grow older.