If you purchased a stairlift for a loved one who has since passed away, or if you’ve purchased a stair lift and simply no longer need it due to a physical improvement or change of residence, it’s often possible to recoup some of its value by selling it.
The good news is that the market for stairlifts is constantly growing, with the UK’s ever-greying population increasingly interested in home mobility products. As of May 2019, almost 12 million people in the UK are 65 or older — a figure that’s expected to reach almost 20 million by 2079.
Below, we’ve explained how you can sell a used stair lift, as well as the key factors that affect its resale value.
How Much is a Used Stairlift Worth?
Stair lifts come in a range of types, sizes and configurations, with each tailored to some extent to suit your home. As such, there’s no one-size-fits-all market price for every stairlift, like there may be for a used vehicle or electronic device.
In most cases, several factors can affect the value of a stairlift. The first is how easily it can be reconditioned and reused in a new location. Because stairlifts are often tailored to suit the stair layout of your home, reconditioning and reselling them can often require significant work.
This is particularly common with curved stairlifts, which are often heavily customized to suit the layout of a home’s staircase. In general, the easier it is to recondition the stairlift and reuse it in a new residence, the more of its original value it will likely maintain.
Reconditioning is a thorough process, involving everything from refreshing the device’s exterior and appearance to certifying that it’s safe.
According to pre-owned stairlift supplier UK Stairlifts, the most appealing stairlifts are those that are in good condition and free of defects. Damaged or overly worn stairlifts typically aren’t good options for resellers, making it difficult to recoup value as an owner.
With this said, stairlifts that aren’t in purchasable condition may still have some value as sources of parts. Ultimately, this depends on the specific model of stairlift that you have, its condition and its suitability as a source of parts for replacements, exchanges and repairs.