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How to buy a stairlift: shop around – and put it off for as long as you can | Health

How to buy a stairlift: shop around – and put it off for as long as you can | Health

If you’ve been struggling to navigate the stairs and are wondering whether you need to move house, have you considered getting a stairlift installed? At about £4,000 it will be considerably cheaper than calling in the estate agents. Thought to have been first invented in the 1920s in Pennsylvania, when entrepreneur CC Crispen designed his “Inclin-ator” to help an ailing friend to move between floors, the modern stairlift has long been both the butt of jokes and a lifeline to those no longer able to climb their stairs. According to a survey by consumer group Which? the average price paid last year for a new stairlift was £3,867. The price typically paid for a straight stairlift was £3,371, or £4,728 for one that involved a curve. Inflation means those costs are now likely to be about 10% higher. The final bill will depend on the brand, whether you go for new or used and, most significantly, on the type of staircase. The good news is that providers can accommodate almost every type of staircase, but …