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Wheelchair Lift Buying and Installation Tips

Woman Using Wheelchair Lift

There several things to consider before purchasing a wheelchair lift.

Making your house accessible to everyone is important, especially those with mobility challenges.  Whether a family member or a frequent guest is bound to a wheelchair, they need to be able to navigate through your home with ease.  Installing a wheelchair lift in your home can make life simpler for your whole family.  There are several things to consider when choosing and installing the perfect wheelchair lift for your home.  

Placement is Everything

One of the first steps in installing a wheelchair lift is deciding the location.  Preferred Elevator can install a lift inside or on the perimeter of your home.  Choose the place in your home where your wheelchair bound family member has the most difficulty accessing.  Place the lift on an area that can be accessed easily, and that has a smooth and perfectly leveled mounting space.  Make sure the landing space is structurally sound and the travel wall does not have any gaps.  You don’t want to be on your lift and get caught midway going up or down!

Take Your Time In Choosing a Lift

There are few factors you have to consider when purchasing the wheelchair for your home.  You need to figure out which lift has the correct travel height for the location you want.  Measure the height from the ground floor to the upper landing floor and then choose a lift that has a maximum travel height higher than the required dimensions.  You then have to choose what type of configuration fits your space the best.  Do you want your wheelchair lift to move up and down over a barrier?  Or is it easier to build a lift going up an angle over the stairs leading to the top floor of your home?


Lucky for you, installation is made easy with the professionals at Preferred Elevator.  They will take care of installing your wheelchair lift efficiently.  Before you know it, you will be able to travel throughout your home quicker and without breaking a sweat!  


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

For 11 years, 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 our 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 8am-5pm. Reach us by phone at 410-238-2555, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn.


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    • 7110 Golden Ring Road
      Suite 102
      Essex, MD 21221
    • Phone: 410-238-2555
    • 24/7 Emergency Service
    • Business Hours:
      Monday–Friday: 8am–5pm
    • MHIC #123888
    • Elevators Contractors License #1186
    • DC License #ELC1300867