Things To Consider Before Buying A Lift

Whether you are looking to have a lift installed in a residential, professional or industrial property there are certain things that you must consider before picking out your lift and setting things in motion. We have identified our 4 most important factors to consider when shopping for your ideal home lift, platform lift or access lift.

Why? –

Seems very obvious to say but, why are you wanting the lift in the first place? Are you looking for a lift to take people up different flights of stairs in an apartment block? Is it a lift to assist the less abled and intended for wheelchair users? Or is it a goods only lift intended for heavy stock or machinery to be transferred to different floors? There are many reasons to want a lift and all require different considerations before buying. Knowing as much information about the property as possible will really help get a clear understanding of your space and capacity to narrow down your lift search. 

Size –

It is advised that you consult the expertise of a professional in order to choose the most suitable elevator for your property. After all, an elevator isn’t a small piece of machinery, you need to take into consideration the amount of space that you have to work with. Since the cab is the largest component, it needs to be able to move safely and securely. In addition to this, you will also have to take into consideration whether or not you want a machine room as these require extra space above the elevator shaft.

Capacity –

This links back to why you want the lift in the first place. If your reason for wanting a lift is primarily for disabled access then your capacity requirements will be a lot different to an apartment block lift. Generally, speaking, a standard elevator in a low-rise building can hold anywhere from 2,000 – 2,500 lbs. The larger the building, the more capacity it will normally have.

Safety – 

The safety element of any lift that you are having installed should be of paramount importance. Especially If the lifts main purpose it carrying people. You must ensure that the area you want the lift to go into is safe and secure with as minimal obstacles as possible. Your lift surveyor will double check everything and make sure the area is right for what you’re after. But it can’t hurt to familiarise yourself with the parameters as it might save you a bit of time and will help you if anything goes wrong with the lift in the future.

For any more information on our range of lifts or to find out how they could be suitable for your property, get in touch with us on 01535 612 163 or email

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