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How Much Does a Domestic Lift Cost?

March 4, 2019

If you have mobility issues or would like to future-proof a new build, investing in a solution to help you move between floors is a big decision. It can mean the difference between staying in your home indefinitely or having to move to a home with better accessibility. If you’re considering installing a stair lift, platform lift or elevator, then it’s very likely that your first question will be ‘How much is it going to cost?’


What determines the cost of a domestic lift?

At Vestner, the prices we quote are based on planning and consultancy, site preparation, the provision of the lift and its installation. All our products also come with a comprehensive warranty covering both the lift and the installation (when installed by Vestner or an approved sub-contractor) and are manufactured to internationally recognised standards and compliance requirements. Here we give some ballpark figures on what you’d expect to pay to have a solution installed in your home.



Stair Lifts

Stair lifts can be used in both internal and external environments and here at Vestner we supply and distribute stair lift solutions for both straight and curved stairs.

Some staircases can be very narrow, have landings part way up or even fan around curves. Our stair lifts work in many of these situations. Stair lifts do not need to be installed against a load-bearing wall and are instead fitted directly onto the stairs. They’re powered through a standard electric connection to a three-pin plug which allows for simple installation without the need for home alterations. Dependent on the model you choose, your location and the nature of your required installation, Vestner stair lifts can be supplied and installed for less than $6,000.




Platform Lifts and Elevators

Like stair lifts, open platform lifts and enclosed elevators can be used in both internal and external environments. Not only does Vestner design and manufacture platforms lifts, Vestner imports a range of lifts for residential homes.  


As opposed to typical hydraulic or traction home elevators, Vestner platform lifts and elevators are free-standing and bolt directly onto a concrete pad or timber floor. Typically, they do not require a load-bearing wall, allowing for more options in lift positioning within your home. To boot, they simply require a connection to a standard power supply.


A hydraulic or traction elevator might cost in the vicinity of $40,000 dollars to supply and install, and that’s not including the cost of any necessary site works. Our free-standing solutions, however, are simpler to install and require comparatively minimal site works. These advantages combine to make them much more cost effective with open platform lifts ranging in price, starting from $30,000.


Building consent 

Lifts in residential homes generally require a building consent and Vestner can assist with this. The cost of the building consent will vary from council to council.



Cost of running a lift 

Using a standard electrical power source, the annual cost of running a lift is very low. Lifts should be serviced in accordance with the manufacturer’s product instructions, which generally includes an annual service of the lift. Annual servicing of platform lifts by Vestner generally costs between $300-$400.


You might be interested to know that there may be funding assistance available from the government if you’re finding it difficult to access between different levels of your home due to a disability — check out our blog post on this topic for more information. If you want to talk more about having one of our solutions installed in your home, then please contact us to talk to one of our experts today.

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