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Cost of Wheelchair Lift Installation


By ProMatcher Staff



How Much Does a Platform Lift Cost?

The installation of a wheelchair lift can greatly improve the accessibility of your home. A lift can also take up much less room than an accessibility ramp. There are many factors that will impact the cost of installation. We have done some research to make the installation process a little easier for you.



1. Wheelchair lift terminology. There are a number of different terms used to describe a wheelchair lift. A wheelchair lifts are also referred to as: platform lifts, vertical platform lifts, wheelchair platform lifts, porch lifts, and chairlifts. If you are looking for information about installing a stair lift, check out our article about stairlift installation prices.

2. Your geographic location. If the cost of living in your area is high, you should expect to pay higher prices for materials and labor. For example, the cost of platform lift installation is typically higher in California than it is in Minnesota.

3. Shipping and delivery. The wheelchair lift will probably weigh several hundred pounds. Before signing a contractor, make sure that the cost of shipping and/or delivery is included in the estimate.

4. Permitting. Securing a permit is an important part of the platform lift installation process to ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Any permit inspections should be included in the contractor’s quote.

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5. Indoor vs. Outdoor Lifts. Wheelchair lifts can be installed indoors and outdoors. Outdoor lifts are typically a little more expensive. They are designed to handle exposure to the elements. Most outdoor lifts will need to be installed on a concrete slab. Pouring the concrete will come at an additional cost. Additionally, enclosed wheelchair lifts are more expensive than open ones.

6. Vertical rise. Does the lift need to raise the wheelchair a few inches or a few feet? More height typically adds to the cost of the project. You will need to install railings and safety gates to accommodate for the additional height.

7. Size and lift capacity. What is the lift for? Will the lift be used with a manual wheelchair or a motorized scooter? The standard weight limit is typically 500 lbs. A lift with a higher weight capacity will be more expensive. Also, lifts with larger platform surfaces may be a little pricier.

8. Electrical wiring. Is there an electrical outlet nearby? If not, you’ll need to hire an electrician to install a dedicated circuit. Ask your contractor if the platform lift has a battery backup. In the event of power outage, you will still be able to use the lift.




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