If you’re like the vast majority of us, living in a modest three bed semi detached house, you may think that having a lift for the home is utterly ridiculous. There are however quite a few reasons for having a lift installed, even if you don’t live in an expansive mansion. Here are five reasons that you should consider before thinking about having a lift installed at home.
While you and everyone living in your home may be perfectly able bodied at the moment, there may be a time in your future where accessibility is an issue. Having a lift installed means that even if you’re wheelchair bound, there won’t be areas of your house which suddenly becomes inaccessible to you. Lots of people even move home if they start to need a wheelchair, to a property which is on one level, however this won’t be an issue if you have a lift.
It might surprise you to know that having a lift in your home is actually a boost to your safety for a couple of different reasons. If you replace the stairs with a lift you reduce the risk of accidents caused by falling up or down the stairs, which is a common place for people of all ages to break bones and hurt themselves. More than 100,000 elderly people are treated for injuries resulting from stair falls every year and one of the most common injury from falling down the stairs is a broken hip, which can be devastating.
Another safety aspect to consider is that some lifts can be locked in position or prevented from reaching certain floors of the house. This means that if everybody is sleeping upstairs, you can lock the lift while you’re up there and if you don’t have an additional set of stairs no one would be able to get to the upper floors of your house while you sleep.
The old adage of pride coming before a fall is extremely accurate when it comes to age related mobility issues. Many people don’t like to admit that they need help getting around the house as they get older. Having a lift installed at home in place of stairs means that pride won’t be an issue because mobility problems will be catered for before they even become apparent. Traditional stairlifts, where the user has to sit in a chair can look clunky and incongruous in the home and many elderly people don’t like the way this type of apparatus will make their home look.
While many of the practical aspects of having a lift in your home speak for themselves there is also the issue of aesthetics. If your home has a modern look to it then a sleek lift will add to the overall appearance. Walking into a house which has a proper lift installed will never fail to impress and it could give your home a high end look and feel.
One of the most obvious benefits to having a lfts installed is that it can add a lot to the current value of your property. Any major renovations like this can see your house price skyrocket, so even if the initial investment is large, you’ll likely see it returned if you ever sell the property.