If you have to rely on a wheelchair for a long time due to a physical injury or disability, it is more logical to make a few changes to the home you are currently live in than to move. Wheelchair lifts make it possible to still access all the stories of a home if you have stairs. Here is a look at some of the most common questions associated with the installation of a wheelchair lift.
Can a wheelchair lift be installed outdoors as well as indoors?
There are wheelchair lifts designed to be used outdoors just like there are lifts designed specifically for indoor use. Outdoor lifts are often desirable for people who have a home that has stairs on a porch or patio. Of course, a ramp is less expensive to have put in than a wheelchair lift, but the wheelchair lift is a fixture that can easily be removed and installed as it is needed; ramps may not always be so easy to remove.
Will a wheelchair lift lower the value of your home?
Thinking a wheelchair lift will lower the value of your home is actually a common misconception about this type of in-home equipment installation. The lift is usually installed without making any major changes to the actual structure of the house. Therefore, when you get ready to sell the house, you can simply have the equipment removed. Even if the equipment is left in place, it really will not make much of a difference. In some cases, these amendments to a home will actually make it more valuable.
Will there be repairs necessary after the wheelchair lift is removed?
You may have a few marks on the wall where bolts secured the lift in place or something similar, but most wheelchair lifts are not going to make major repairs necessary after the lift is removed. In some cases, there will be marks along the wall where the lifting mechanism was placed, which can easily be restored to look as good as new with the right professionals.
What happens if the lift does not work with the width of the stairwell?
In rare situations, if you have a very narrow stairway, you may have to have someone help you make structural changes to your home. Basement stairwells are a good example of stairwells that can be more narrow than a main stairway pathway that would lead upstairs.