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Can My Home Support a Stair Lift?

Many customers worry that installing a stair lift may damage the walls or stairs in the home or that the device will permanently alter their home in a way that negatively impacts the resale value should they want to sell it in the future. Those who own older homes may also be concerned that their stairs won’t be able to support such a load.
While these are all valid concerns, remember that your stairs have probably already endured quite a bit of strain. Have you moved large beds, dressers or couches up and down the stairs? A stair lift will put less pressure and stress on your stairs than moving the furniture already has. It is also important to remember that the stair lift will be installed directly onto the stairs and not the walls. Rest assured that the vast majority of homes today are perfectly capable of supporting a stair lift.

The best way to minimize the impact of a stair lift in your home is to hire a professional installer who can take measurements for you and ensure that the lift is installed properly, which will limit any damage to your home. They can minimize the appearance of any screws or bolts securing the lift to your stairs. If you need to remove the lift before selling your home or because the user has relocated to a care facility, a professional installer will also be able to expertly remove the lift and leave your home intact.