4 Tips to Select the Best Home Elevator
Looking to install a residential elevator in your home? Congratulations, you're about to make one of the best decisions of your life! However, before you can get that elevator installed, you must choose which model is best for you, your family, and your home. How do you go about making this decision? Check out these tips to decide which elevator is best for you and your home.
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Size of You Home – First off, you need to realize which elevator models will fit best in your home. How much space do you have available for a residential elevator? If you don't have a lot of space available, you'll have to narrow your choice down to models of a specific dimension that will fit in your home. For example, vacuum elevators and limited access elevators are both smaller than traditional residential cable-driven and hydraulic elevators. On the other hand, if you have a very large or spacious home, you have the luxury of choosing any elevator model you want.
Purpose – Next, what is the purpose of your residential elevator? Are you installing one to increase the resell value of your home, to aid a non-stair using relative, or because you're trying to keep up with the Jones'? The purpose of your residential elevator will impact the model you should purchase. Take, for example, that you're installing an elevator to increase your home's resell value. In this case, purchasing an elegant, aesthetically-pleasing, easy-to-use model would be your best bet. On the other hand, if you're installing one to aid a wheelchair user, aesthetics and style may not be as important.
Style – Let's talk about style a little bit. When you're shopping for a residential lift, make sure that you choose a model that will compliment your home's existing style. For example, if you have a contemporary, modern-styled home, a pneumatic elevator would compliment that style very well. On the other hand, if you have a traditionally-styled home, perhaps you should consider a cable-driven elevator that can be disguised as a cupboard or pantry, one that won't take away from your home's old-world charm.
Realistic Expectations – Last but not least, make sure you have realistic expectations. If you and your family are too busy to deal with regular elevator maintenance, perhaps you should look into more maintenance-free models, like pneumatics. On the other hand, if you have a lot of time on your hands and you prefer the traditional models, cable-driven would be perfect for you.