Issues to consider when buying an elevator for your home

An elevator has been a common feature in multi-storied apartments, corporate buildings, hotels etc. However, nowadays it is also being incorporated in residential buildings and houses. Though it may still be looked upon as a modern day luxury for houses, it’s not a needless or frivolous expenditure.

Uses – A home elevator helps increase the mobility and accessibility of the elderly, disabled and those who require sensitive healthcare (e.g. pregnant women). Further, the regular wear and tear of our body caused by chores like carrying of heavy grocery bags and trash bins up several stories, which can culminate over a period of time to cause severe health troubles at an advanced age, can also be taken care of by the instalment of such elevators in your homes. It is also well known that a functional elevator in any residential building adds considerably to its overall value. But you cannot simply go to the store and get a lift for your home, especially if you’re looking for adding a lift to an existing residence, not one that can be constructed to accommodate any new model. There are certain considerations to be taken into account before you make any such purchase and instalment.

  • Types –The first aspect to be looked into is that of the type of elevators required. The main points which affect such a decision are the structure of the building/home, budget, state or local building codes and the type of drive of the elevators available to you. For example a vacuum drive elevator does not require a separate machine room for its operation whereas a hydraulic drive lift requires it. So weigh all these aspects in order of priority before you decide upon any one type.

  • Electrical power- This is a very important issue when you are thinking of buying an elevator. Often a power guzzling model can shoot you right out of your budget and make the entire expenditure pointless, as you have to give up using the lift to cut down the power bills. So match your home electrical system and the power requirements of the lifts you’re looking into and then make an informed decision.
  • Installation – Often when getting an elevator for an already existing building the issue of installation brings in the need for reconstruction. However, if you decide to get the lift installed externally, the need for any reconstruction gets lowered greatly. However, keep in mind the need for accessibility, door size and weight capacity when getting a lift for any particular purpose e.g. to increase the mobility for someone who uses a wheel chair. Further, do not install a lift by doing away with the staircase altogether. Not only does this lower the value of your building, but it also can lead to a number of problems in various situations e.g. when lift is out of commission or getting serviced etc.
  • Additional factors- When installing an elevator to your home remember that it would require at least one maintenance check up every year to keep everything in top condition. And finally, even though we all carry cell phones, it is still good practice to keep a battery powered phone installed in the lift for contact in any emergency situation.

After you have made an informed decision to purchase and install an elevator to your home, you can approach any of the well-known service providers in your locality. If you have trouble securing financing for such a purchase then you can approach cargo lifts as not only do they provide some of the best elevators, but they also provide financing to those who require it.

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