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5 Factors To Consider When Selecting A Residential Elevator

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Consider these factors before installing a residential elevator.

Are you planning to purchase and install a residential elevator? If so, you need to look upon all the crucial factors that will help you procure a suitable elevator. This article gives five key considerations to make before purchasing a residential lift. 


Installing residential elevators is usually a costly venture. For example, it will cost you roughly $30,000 to fully put a standard home elevator in place. But when you consider the convenience, comfort, and other such benefits that elevators come with, having them is a worthwhile investment.

In addition, the market is filled with all sizes, models, and types of elevators for different uses. Therefore, you should have a budget for the elevator you intend to install. 

Types of Residential Elevators

There are various elevators available in the market today, but the main types are:

  • Hydraulic elevators
  • Machine room-less, MRL elevators
  • Shaft-less elevators, and
  • Vacuum elevators

A residential home or apartment with fewer people and light activities should be fitted with elevator models that conserve energy and space. For example, shaftless and MRL elevators are simple, convenient, and do not require much space, making them ideal for residential buildings. 

Installation and maintenance

Elevators may not provide a quick fix to your up-floor transportation needs. This is because it takes a little while (a month or even more) to install an elevator. Nonetheless, if you need the elevator installed urgently, you may consider models that do not require pre-construction and machine room. Also, you should choose quality residential elevators that do not require frequent checks and maintenance. 

Size Of The Elevator

Another vital factor to note is the size of the elevator. The best size for an elevator is one that meets your transport needs.

Unlike commercial buildings, most residential properties will need elevators that accommodate fewer people (at most ten people) and can fit basic mobility aids such as wheelchairs and scooters. Moreover, your choice for an elevator must not consume too much space to the extent of congesting the apartment. 


Residential elevators have to add value to your building, whether for personal use or you intend to rent it out. If you’re to rent the property out, the elevator should attract tenants. Similarly, your property should fetch more if you consider selling it in the future. So, you should avoid installing an elevator if it will become a liability instead of an asset. 

Preferred Elevator: We’re On the Up and Up!

For over a decade, Preferred Elevator has served residents in Central Maryland, Baltimore, and Washington, DC. You can rely on our experienced home installation team and quality products.

For our commercial elevator clients, we also provide annual inspections of your equipment to adhere to standards established by the state of Maryland. During these inspections, we make sure that your commercial mobility product is functioning correctly and efficiently. We’ll also go over all safety devices and customized features offered within your plan!

Get in touch with us! Our business hours are Monday-Friday 8 am -5 pm. Reach us by phone at 410-238-2555, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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      Essex, MD 21221
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