We receive many calls from customers asking, “How much does a stair lift cost?” While we strive to be as transparent as possible, the reality is that there is no simple answer to this question. That’s because a stair lift is a highly technical piece of machinery, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. To get started, consider your staircase. Will you need the stair lift chair to go in a simple, straight line or does it need to change direction or bend around a corner? If you know what type of stair lift you need (e.g. straight, curved, outdoor), use the buttons below to see a cost breakdown for that particular category. Or if you are not sure, please continue reading. If your home has a straight staircase with about 12-14 steps, you should budget anywhere from $2,000 to $5,000 to purchase a new stair lift. The average cost usually ends up in the middle of this range, between about $3,000 and $4,000. These prices include installation as well as a one-year service warranty. Some of the cost variation is due to the variety of models and manufacturers that we offer. Just as with buying a car, different lifts have different base prices as well as unique available options. A stair lift in the $2,000 range will be a more basic model, purchased with the goal of transporting a user up and down a staircase. This type of unit may have limited options for add-ons. A stair lift that starts in the $3,500 range will be a higher-end model and may have standard features such as a slimmer profile and higher weight capacity. It would also have additional customization options, such as power folding rail and seat material and color options to better match your home’s décor. While this cost may seem high at first, it is important to consider the costs of alternatives. You could move out of your multi-story home in favor of a single-story unit, but this comes with realtor fees, closing costs, and moving costs, not to mention the emotional cost of giving up your home and neighborhood. If you were to move into an assisted living facility, you would pay $3,500 per month, on average – at that rate, a lift would have paid itself off after just the first month! Nursing home costs are even higher, averaging $7,500 per month for a private room. By comparison, the cost is trivial and comes with the added benefit of staying comfortable and independent in the home you love!