How to Remove a Stairlift?

There can be various reasons why you might want to remove a stairlift. You might be relocating to a new residence and wish to take it along with you, or you want to upgrade to a newer model, or perhaps you want to switch to a different mobility option altogether.

While installing or removing a stairlift may appear simple, it should only be done by a professional. Stairlifts have several moving parts, and it is crucial to remove them safely and properly. Therefore, to ensure your safety, calling a professional for the job is highly recommended.

Nevertheless, it doesn’t hurt to learn about the process of stairlift removal and what to expect during the process. You can also find out what to do with the stairlift once it is removed from your home.

How Long Does It Take to Remove a Stairlift? 

Removing a stairlift typically takes a few hours and should only be done by a trained professional or an Access BDD dealer. The exact time required for removal will depend on your home’s set-up and the age of the stairlift being removed. When you contact a reputable and trustworthy provider, they will give you a clear date and time for the removal process. This allows you to plan your schedule accordingly and make any necessary preparations, such as packing if you are moving.

Can Anyone Remove a Stairlift from Their Home?

Removing the stairlift on your own might seem like a good idea if you are handy with tools. However, it is highly recommended that you do not attempt to do so. Stairlifts are complex machines and have many parts that can break or damage the staircase. If you remove them incorrectly, they can even cause injury to you.

A DIY removal can also result in damage to your carpets, and repairing the staircase can cost you more than you bargained for. Additionally, disposing of the lift can be a challenge. By working with a professional, you can avoid unnecessary expenses and headaches.

How Do You Dismantle a Stairlift?

The stairlift removal experts follow various steps to provide you with the best experience and results each time they do a removal.

Confirm the basics

The removal company will need as much information about the state of the lift as possible. You can share these details with them when you speak to them about the removal. The company will ask questions like whether the stairlift is functional, whether you have the remote controls it came with and the make and model of the lift.

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Get a quote

With the information you provide, the stairlift dealer can provide you with a quote. Some companies will offer complimentary services if the stairlift was installed by the same company and was new when purchased.

It helps to work with an Access BDD accredited dealer. The removal costs will vary depending on the conditions, make and model and the original installer. The estimate will also depend on whether it can be reconditioned, in which case you might even get some money off it.

Schedule the removal

With the removal details all squared away, you can set up a day and time that works for you. Removing the stair lift could take a few hours depending on the lift. The lift’s configuration and condition will play a vital role in determining how long the process takes. Completely functional stairlifts take less time to uninstall than lifts that are no longer working.

What to Do With the Stairlift After Its Removal

What happens to the stairlift after it’s removed? You have several options available. What you pick will depend on the condition of the stairlift and your intention.


If the stairlift is still functional, you can give it to one of the charities that makes mobility tools available to the elderly who can’t afford one. However, this is not an easy process because of the bespoke nature of the equipment. However, some charities are up to the challenge. They recycle the stairlifts and make them usable.

If you have a straight stairlift with all the working parts in good order, it’s possible it can work in another home with a similarly sized staircase.


Recycling the stairlift is an eco-friendly way to dispose of the equipment you don’t need anymore. In many cases, the stairlift removal company removing the stairlift will offer disposal services. Usually, this is at a small additional cost.

If not disposed of, the stairlift could be stripped into parts that can be individually recycled or reused. This is a safer and more environmentally friendly solution, even with the additional cost. Also, it saves you the trouble of having to worry about how to dispose of the stairlift correctly.

How to Find a Stairlift Removal Service Near Me?

Access BDD works with an extensive network of dealers who offer various services, including removals, repairs, installation, and maintenance. Finding an Access BDD stairlift removal expert near you shouldn’t be a problem.

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