What Factors Should You Consider When Installing a Home Lift?

Installing a home lift can be a great way to make your home more accessible and improve its value. Home lifts are becoming increasingly popular among homeowners, especially in multi-level homes. However, before you install a lift in your home, there are several factors you should consider. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at what these factors are and why they are important.

Type of Lift

The first factor to consider is the type of lift you need. Two of the most popular home lifts are hydraulic lifts and traction lifts. Read on to find out the benefits of both of these residential lift options.

Hydraulic Lifts

Hydraulic lifts are the most common type of home lift available. They are relatively affordable and easy to install, and they can be used to move both people and goods.

Traction Lifts 

Traction lifts utilise a gearless traction machine located in the hoistway. Using a counterweight assists the machine in turning the elevator sheave, which moves the cab through the hoistway. If you have a multi-level home with several floors, for example, five floors, a traction lift may be the best option as it enables your family to move faster between all five floors. 

Size of Lift 

Home lifts come in a variety of sizes, so it’s essential to find one that fits your specific needs. Generally, it’s best to choose a lift that is slightly larger than you need to ensure it can accommodate all of your requirements.

Image of a lift installed by West Coast Elevators

Installation and Maintenance

Installing a lift can be a complicated process, so it’s important to work with a reputable lift company. Additionally, it’s important to consider the ongoing maintenance of the lift and how much it will cost. We recommend finding an elevator provider that offers remote monitoring for your servicing, as this will reduce the overall cost of servicing in the long term.


The cost of installing a home lift will vary depending on the type of lift you choose and the size of your project. Generally, a residential lift can cost anything from $45,000 + GST. 


The chance of anything going wrong within an elevator is extremely low if you use a reliable elevator company for your installation. So low, in fact, that it’s probably more likely that you’ll trip and fall on the stairs than get stuck in an elevator.

Elevators are especially safer than stairs if you’re older or suffer from mobility concerns. If this is the case, stairs pose a significant safety risk, while an elevator can take you safely to whichever level of the house you choose.

Space Requirements

You’ll need to make sure there is enough room for your lift, as well as the necessary shafts and doorways, in your building. An elevator professional, such as West Coast Elevators, can help you gauge whether your space meets the necessary requisites.

At West Coast Elevators, we can help you find the best lift for your home and ensure it is installed safely and effectively. We have a team of experienced technicians who are familiar with all the safety regulations in Australia, and we can make sure your lift is installed quickly and efficiently. Contact us today for more information.

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