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How to Choose the Best Elevator or Platform Lift for Your Home

October 29, 2014

There are a number of reasons why people wish to install lifts in their homes. Lifts make access between levels in a home easier for anyone who has limited mobility, including the elderly, people using a walker or crutches, new parents with prams and those in wheelchairs. In other cases, a homeowner may choose to install an elevator in a new home or add a lift during a remodel. Lifts are a modern, attractive feature that is both thoughtful and practical – a great future-proofing option  that enables easy access for all.

What to consider when choosing an elevator or lift

If you are considering a lift or elevator for your home, you may feel overwhelmed by the process of selecting and installing a lift. In order to make the process easier for you, we’ve put together this short guide to help you choose the right product for your needs.

When selecting a lift, you’ll want to consider the following:


Think about the size lift you require. A smaller lift is great for someone currently using a walker, but it may not be suitable if that person later requires a wheelchair. To accommodate for future needs, we typically recommend installing a lift that will accommodate a wheelchair and a carer riding with them. The minimum recommended size that will carry a passenger in a wheelchair and another person is 1100mm x 1400mm.

Compliancy with NZ Standards

Ensure the elevator or lift you choose complies with all relevant New Zealand Standards and that its installation complies with the New Zealand Building Code. This guarantees that with the correct maintenance, they will be safe and secure for years to come. You’re not expected to understand all of the details, but the lift company you work with should. Your lift company should only sell and install lifts that are in complete compliance with the NZ Building Code and it is recommended that lifts should be compliant with the relevant NZ Standard.

Functionality and design

The lift you choose should provide a solution that is not only functional but is also aesthetically pleasing, especially if being installed as a modern feature in your home. Pandect lifts look great in residential settings, and are designed with functionality and purpose in mind. We can include a range of accessories and optional or customisable preferences such as colour choice and design changes.

Maintenance and operating costs

Be sure to consider how much it will cost to run and maintain your residential platform lift or elevator over the years. We recommend picking a lift that requires little maintenance and offers minimal running costs – some models on the market require no more power usage than a single standard light bulb.

Building changes for lift installation

When choosing a lift, you should consider if the model will require that you make any changes to existing structures, such as adding a wall or digging a pit to accommodate the lift machinery, which will incur additional costs. When you choose a Pandect lift, for example, you may not have to modify existing structures or will not have to create a pit, saving you money on the overall installation of your lift.

Which lift company you purchase from

Make sure you know who you’re buying from – shop around and search for companies that are recommended and professional, providing specialist advice and service. You’ll also want to look for a company with long-standing ties to the community. If you need support down the line, you’ll want your lift company to pick up the phone when you call.

The benefits of choosing a local company

Locally owned and operated companies are better able to provide customers with the personal consultative services that overseas companies cannot provide. When working with an overseas manufacturer or distributor, you have no guarantee that the company understands local compliancy rules and regulations. You’ll also have to deal with time zone differences, which can make it difficult to speak to a person on the phone if needed.

Pandect products are made in New Zealand, which means you benefit from our local knowledge and our ability to deliver, install and service your lift in a timely manner. Our customers receive after-sales backup and prompt support.

As testament to the reliability of our products, Pandect is the primary distributer of lifts to the Ministry of Health and ACC. We have earned the trust and loyalty of the Health and Disability Sector in New Zealand, thanks to our commitment to quality and dedication to excellent service.

Choosing a quality product from a trusted, specialist access company will ensure that you get the exact product you need and have it promptly installed by a trained technician. We’re happy to help you choose the right lift for your needs. Feel free to contact us on 0800 358 383 to discuss your requirements or to ask us any questions.


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