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What to Expect From Chair Lift Installation in Your Home

What to Expect From Chair LIft Installation

May 01, 2023

If you have been considering chair lift installation to make your home safer and more accessible, then it is likely that you have some questions or concerns about the installation process. With that in mind, we've put together a brief guide on what you can expect during a chair lift installation in your home.

How Is a Stairlift Installed?

Many of our customers have a big question about chair lift installation: how is the stair lift installed? The great news is that a chair lift installation does not require extensive building work or potentially messy remodeling! Most stairlifts can be attached to your wall or stairs using a minimal number of brackets to carry the track. That means very little damage to your property - just some light drilling and almost no disruption to your home. The best part is stairlifts do not require planning permission making installation a quick and easy process!

Will My Flooring Be Damaged?

Some of our customers have concerns that installing a stairlift could result in damage or excessive wear to their carpet or other floorings. However, since the stairlift is attached to the wall rather than the floor, there is no reason why your flooring would suffer any damage. In some cases, it may be necessary to install a support bracket by inserting a screw through the flooring, but this should only leave a small hole that will be barely noticeable if the stair lift is removed at a later date. You may also find that there is an indentation in the carpet where the chairlift sits, but this can usually be lifted by steam cleaning the carpet.

How Can I Prepare For My Chair Lift Installation?

If you are feeling anxious about your chair lift installation, it often helps to understand how best to prepare for the day. Truth be told, you don't really need to do very much at all! After your free in-home consultation with AIP Mobility Plus, we will order your chosen stair lift model and arrange a convenient date for your chair lift installation. During the consultation, we will figure out all of the necessary requirements. Some of these may include:

  • Checking for a nearby power outlet, either at the top or bottom of the staircase, to allow you to charge your stairlift easily.
  • Measuring to make sure that there is enough room for head clearance as your chairlift moves up and down the staircase.
  • Recommending relocation of any items, such as photographs or plant pots, that might cause an obstruction once the stair lift has been installed.

What Should I Do On Installation Day?

We are often asked whether or not our customers need to leave their homes on the installation day. The answer is no; you are welcome to remain at home and watch our technicians while they work! Just keep in mind that you may not have proper access to the staircase for a couple of hours while your stair lift is being installed. Depending on your staircase, the installation will usually take between 2 and 5 hours to complete. The only consideration we would draw attention to is that there may be some dust kicked up during the drilling process, so if you are sensitive to that or have respiratory issues, you may want to keep well away from the area. Don't worry about leftover dust! Our team will clean up any mess they make and make sure that you get your home back just the way they found it - with the addition of a stair lift, of course!

Once your stairlift has been fully installed, your technician will give you a demonstration on how to use it and help you to take your first ride! Only once they know you are feeling safe and confident using your new equipment will they consider their job complete! Don't be afraid to ask for clarification if you need any additional help operating your new chair lift or if you have questions about how best to care for it now that it is installed. Your technician will be happy to put your mind at ease.

Maintenance & Repairs

Following the installation of your stairlift, it is important to take care of it to make sure that it continues to function smoothly and safely. From time to time, you may need your equipment serviced or repaired. It is important that you use a qualified technician for these services to make sure everything continues to work safely. Most models will come with some form of manufacturer's warranty to cover replacement parts.


Helping You Keep Your Independence at Home

AIP Mobility Plus is a Veteran owned business in Morris County, NJ that is dedicated to providing you with safer mobility at home helping you to keep your independence and stay in your own home for longer. We can provide a range of options to make your home more accessible with stair lifts, ramps, and bathroom safety options.

Call 973-607-3211 or email