Home lifts: what to consider

It is an unfortunate truth that as we age, our mobility becomes limited. For the elderly, this can mean moving into a more suitable one-story house that fits their restricted needs. However, this can results in them having to leave their long-established family home behind.

This doesn’t have to be the case though. Modern technology means we can adapt our existing homes to meet our changing needs. One way of doing this is through the installation of a home lift.

As the name suggests, a home lift aids movement between floors of a house. Because of this, they’re perfect for individuals who have trouble walking up and down stairs, as well as aiding the transport of large or difficult to carry items.

Before installing a home lift, there are a number of factors you should take into consideration. First of all, you should be completely sure that a home lift is right for you, to avoid unnecessary cost and renovation works. Weigh up the pros and cons of each mobility option, taking into consideration your individual needs.

Unlike installing a chairlift, home lifts can be much more complex as they span a number of floors. It’s important that your house is structurally sound so your lift can be installed and operated safely.

A qualified surveyor will be able to check if installation is possible, which can result in an additional expense. However, reputable installation companies, like TK Encasa for example, have a team of experts who thoroughly vet all properties before starting work. This eliminates any issues from arising.

You should also ensure you have the correct legal documentation before installing your home lift. Again, a reputable company will be able to help you to ensure this is in order.


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About the author: TPI Editor

Kizzi Nkwocha is the editor of The Property Investor and publisher of The Sussex Newspaper, My Well-Being Magazine, My Making Money Magazine and My Entrepreneur Magazine. Kizzi Nkwocha made his mark in the UK as a publicist, journalist and social media pioneer. As a widely respected and successful media consultant he has represented a diverse range of clients including the King of Uganda, and Amnesty International. Nkwocha has also become a well-known personality on both radio and television. He has been the focus of a Channel 4 documentary on publicity and has hosted his own talk show, London Line, on Sky TV. He has also produced and presented both radio and TV shows in Cyprus and Spain. Nkwocha has published a number of books on running your own business and in 2011 his team won the Specialized Information Publishing Association (SIPA) award for best use of social media. In the UK he runs a successful media consultancy called PRHQ which manages PR for businesses and individuals.

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