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Residential Home Elevator Installation: What Can I Expect If I Plan to Add and Elevator to my Home?

You’ve Decided: You’re Ready for your Personal Elevator

Mobility shouldn’t be a challenge in your own home, and you’ve decided that a personal elevator can help you get back the quality of life you deserve. You’ve begun to do research on local in-home elevator companies, and you’re starting to build a picture of what your life will be like after it is installed.

Your Personal Elevator Consultation

Installing a personal elevator in your home can increase the value of your home, as well as the value of your life. Prior to installation day, certified elevator installation professionals will have a thorough consultation with you to determine your needs. They will assess which type of elevator will suit your needs and fit with the structure of your home, and they will pinpoint the most ideal location for your elevator. A contractor, architect, or engineer will design the logistics of the project, and a certified installation technician will be assigned to facilitate communication between you and the design team.

After the consultation process is complete, you and the provider will select a day to begin the installation.

Preparing for Installation

Like most home remodeling, installing a personal elevator will not be completed in one day. After rearranging furniture and appliances in the area designated for your elevator, your contractor or installation technician will need to prepare for the installation.

1. Build the vertical shaft

They will need to build the vertical shaft to house the elevator car and supports. Using the designs of the architect or engineer, they will build a sturdy shaft that connects the floors of your home. This shaft cannot be too wide or too narrow, but must exactly fit the car and associated supports in order to ensure your safety.

2. Plan and install electric wiring

They also need to rewire the electric resources of the home to support the elevator and its associated electrical parts. The electricity component must be complete prior to installation to avoid later problems.

Preparation is a significantly longer stage than the elevator installation itself. Depending on your provider, you can expect to need about a month to get the home ready for the elevator.

What to Expect after Your Personal Elevator is Complete

Like all pieces of equipment, your in home elevator will require regular maintenance in order to keep it functional and safe. Most manufacturers recommend semi-annual checks (twice a year) by a licensed service technician.

Additionally, as your home elevator gets older, you may need to replace or repair parts. For your safety, watch for warning signs that your elevator may need additional repairs:

• Metallic grinding sounds
• Shuddering in the car
• Reduction in speed
• Problems with closing/opening the gate
• Pausing or stopping between floors

Many newer elevator providers provide warning messages and error codes to allow a repair technician to quickly diagnose and fix your elevator’s problem.