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DIY Stair Lifts: Install Your Own
Home Stair Lift and Save Money!

DIY stair lifts projects are among several ways to save money on home mobility product installations if you are adept at mechanics and carpentry. You can save thousands of dollars by installing a home mobility lift yourself.

However, if you plan to purchase a DIY stair lift and perform a self installation, there are several things you should know.

General Information for Self-Installers

DIY stair lift projects are definitely not for everyone. You must have some type of experience with prior home improvement projects.

However, AmeriGlide does provide a battery powered DIY home stair lift system that ships from the factory to the home with:

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  • factory-cut rails designed to fit the left or right side of your stairs

  • foldable chair or lift

What is the Difference Between DIY Stair Lifts and Dealer Installed Stair Lifts?

A professional should install curved stair lifts and outdoor stair lifts. Curved stair lifts are customized to fit a curved or spiral staircase and are difficult to install. Outdoor stair lifts are also customized. However, straight stair lifts can be self-installed, since there is no customization involved.

When a dealer installs a stair lift, the installation is under warranty and is guaranteed. A DIY project does not have these safeguards.

Most DIY staircase lifts run entirely on battery power, while dealer installed systems run on both electricity with battery back-up.

Prices on Self Installed Stairlifts

Self-installing a home mobility system causes the stair lift cost to drop significantly. A DIY stair lift can be purchased from the AmeriGlide website and costs under $2,000.

Privately owned, used indoor and outdoor stair lifts can also be purchased for under $1,000 from:

  • Craigslist and other online want ads
  • yard sales
  • newspaper ads

These, of course, will be used stair lifts under no warranty.

Installation Requirements

When ordering a DIY stair lift, it is important to measure the stairs correctly. One incorrect measurement and the lift will not fit or work properly. Other requirements include:

  • permits - Many cities require an elevator permit for stair lifts.
  • stair size - Stair should measure a minimum of 36 inches in width for the stair lift to fit.
  • reliable power source - A stair lift needs to be on a designated breaker.

Safety Issues

Safety issues play a huge role in DIY stair lifts. If the stair lift is installed incorrectly, serious injury can occur. The track can come loose from the stairs if not installed correctly, the drive train can malfunction, or the chair can tip over. Any of these can result in injury or death.

Tips for DIY Stair Lift

  • Make sure you purchase a stair lift that specifically designed for self-installation. These are generally battery-powered stair lifts. (You cannot self-install a stair lift rental since they are provided by dealers with various warranties, that require professional installation.)
  • Only self-install straight stair lifts. Curved stair lifts should be left to a professional.
  • Only buy a DIY stair lift if you have experience in DIY projects. It is helpful to have experience in electric and construction projects.  people who can still benefit from a quality system that has seen little wear and tear.

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