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Tips for Installing a Dumbwaiter in Your Shore Home

dumbwaiters installed by Inclinator Elevette

If you own a shore home, you know that the construction of your house is unique. It probably has a longer than average staircase, which can make getting upstairs and downstairs difficult. When you have heavy items to carry or even just a few bags of groceries, a simple task becomes much more complicated and frustrating.

It doesn’t have to be that way, though. Installing a dumbwaiter is a good way to ensure that you won’t get injured from carrying heavy boxes or bags up those tall stairs. These handy lifts look like miniature elevators and work pretty much the same way. They can be used to carry groceries, water or even laundry from downstairs to upstairs and back again.

Benefits of a Residential Dumbwaiter

There are several benefits of installing a dumbwaiter in your shore home:

  • They are a worthwhile investment. While dumbwaiters may appear expensive, the assistance and convenience they provide make them well worth the cost.
  • They can be discreet. Dumbwaiters don’t have to have a brightly-colored sign on them and can be designed to be as unobtrusive visually as possible.
  • They can be designed with the construction of your home in mind. Not all dumbwaiters have to look out-of-place and dated in a more modern shore home, nor do they have to be sleek and futuristic if that’s not what you want.
  • They are easy to use. Dumbwaiters can be used by anyone who needs one.


Some Basic Tips for Using Your Dumbwaiter

Not everyone will immediately know what to use a dumbwaiter for, or how to best use it to suit their specific needs. Here are some quick tips:

  • Use for laundry. This may seem silly. After all, not all loads of laundry are incredibly heavy, and you may feel that it’s not necessary. But imagine all the wear and tear you’d save your knees if you used the dumbwaiter instead! That alone is pretty convincing.
  • Use for groceries. This is a great idea for anyone who has a kitchen on the second floor of their shore home.
  • Use for other heavy items.  When you have large, bulky jugs of water, use your dumbwaiter to get them to wherever they need to be.

 How to Fix and Service

If your dumbwaiter breaks or gets otherwise damaged, we would advise you to not try to fix it yourself. There are many moving parts in these machines, and the average individual doesn’t know how to properly handle them. This could lead to serious injury. When in doubt, leave repairs and maintenance to the professionals.

Call the Professionals

Once you’ve made the decision to order a dumbwaiter, make sure you get one from the experts. Inclinator Elevette is your source for these machines and much more. Make your life simpler by contacting us today.

Stairchair or In-Home Elevator: Which Makes More Sense for Your Home?

Stairchair or In-Home Elevator?When mobility is limited, but you have multiple floors in your home, you might consider devices that help you access the second or third floors.

While there are plenty of options, the two most common are the stairchair and in-home elevator.

Deciding between the two is not easy because each has their advantages and disadvantages. In the end, it comes down to your mobility needs and assessing the benefits of each to decide which will help you enjoy every level of your home.

Addressing the Stairchair: Pros and Cons to Consider

A stairchair is cost-effective, and it allows you to move up and down the stairs without climbing a single step. Instead, the stairchair is affixed to a rail system. You sit on the chair, and the chair follows the rails up the side of your staircase to the next level.

The Benefits of a Stairchair

  • Limited Remodeling: A stairchair is installed with a rail along the wall, a chair and possibly an electrical outlet. You do not have to retrofit your entire home to accommodate it.
  • Design Options: There are design options with a stair lift so that you can pick a chair, rail color, and design that suits the style of your home and does not create an eyesore.
  • Fast Installation: Most stair chairs are installed in one day, and the process is relatively quick.

The Disadvantages of a Stairchair

  • Access at the Top is Limited: If you rely on a wheelchair or walker to assist you with getting around, you would need one on both levels, because you cannot carry a wheelchair or walker up on the stairchair.
  • Extra Costs: The complexity of your staircase may increase the cost of your stairchair. Curved or ornate staircases often require customized rail systems, which obviously cost more.

Examining the In-Home Elevator: What Advantages and Disadvantages are There?

An in-home elevator is a much bigger project, but it could add value and style to your home if it is done properly.

The Benefits of an In-Home Elevator

  • Adds Value: An in-home elevator has one significant advantage over the stairchair, and that is the value. Any home with an elevator will have more value than a home without one.
  • Customized to Your Home: In-home elevators can be customized to your home’s design, and the cab can have aesthetics that match your home’s existing décor, which in turn make it flow naturally with the home.

The Disadvantages of an In-Home Elevator

  • Longer Installation: The elevator will take much longer to install than a stairchair — usually taking a few weeks to months depending on the extensiveness of the installation and construction needed.
  • Remodeling Required: The work to install an in-home elevator often requires a contractor and architect. The process involves creating a shaft, installing the lift, and ensuring it meets all safety code requirements for elevators.

Which Option is Best for Your Home?

The best choice comes down to your budget and overall preferences. If you do not want to remodel extensively, or you need a lift solution immediately, then the stairchair is your best option.

If you need something that will be in the home for years (possibly decades), and you want to add value, an in-home elevator could be the best option.

To assess all your choices, meet with an elevator expert at Inclinator-Elevette, Inc. We can help you choose among an array of in-home elevators and vertical lifts.

Uses for a Residential Dumbwaiter – and Reasons to Install One

dumbwaiter definitionA dumbwaiter may seem like a thing of the past, but they are still popular in homes across the country.

At Inclinator-Elevette, Inc., we install residential dumbwaiters monthly, because more homeowners are finally realizing the endless potential of these older forms of home convenient technology.

What is a Residential Dumbwaiter?

Dumbwaiters are personal-use freight elevators. They are common in commercial establishments, such as restaurants and hotels. However, they are also a fixture in residences with multiple levels.

Their most common use is to transport groceries or laundry, but there are plenty more reasons and uses from this in-home lift.

The Endless Potential of a Residential Dumbwaiter

1. They Can be Added to New or Existing Construction

The easiest way to install a dumbwaiter is in new construction, but if your home is already constructed you can still access the convenience of these lift systems.

Inclinator-Elevette, Inc. can easily install a new dumbwaiter in your existing home. We can customize the unit to suit your home’s structure and make it look seamless with the rest of the house – so no one would ever know it was an aftermarket add-on to your home.

2. Saves Back Strain

Back pain is one of the most common reasons for employees missing work, and almost one-half of Americans admit to suffering from back pain symptoms each year, says the American Chiropractic Association.

To avoid unnecessary strain on your own back, you can install a home-use dumbwaiter to carry heavy items from one floor to the other. Most dumbwaiters for home use come with heavy hauling capacity – sometimes up to 200 pounds or more.

If you were to carry 120 pounds of items up one or more flight of stairs, you would increase the likelihood you will have a back strain or injury.

3. Transport Laundry to the Basement or Laundry Floor

The biggest convenience of a dumbwaiter inside the home is that you can transform laundry to and from the floors of your house.

For example, your laundry room is in the basement of your three-story home. You have dirty laundry on the third floor, which you can now send down in the cellar in loads without having to carry it up and down the stairs. The same goes for when the laundry and is clean and folded. You can transport it up to the above floors to make it easier to put it away.

4. Send Up the Groceries

Homes in New Jersey are notorious for having the garage on one level and the rest of the house on the other. When you go grocery shopping, the last thing you want to do is take those groceries up multiple flights of stairs to put them away.

Instead of carrying the loads up in multiple sessions, everything is placed into the dumbwaiter and sent up to the floor with the kitchen.

If you have Inclinator-Elevette, Inc. do the installation, we would recommend having a dumbwaiter open right into the kitchen. Having one in the kitchen lets you open it, pull the groceries out, and put them away with ease.

5. Match Your Home Décor

A dumbwaiter does not have to be a decorative eyesore. In fact, we can customize the look of your dumbwaiter so that it matches seamlessly with your home’s existing style.

For example, your kitchen has oak cabinetry in a dark stain. We can give you a hoist door and wooden finish that mimics that of your existing cabinetry. The opening on the other levels can also be tailored to match your floor’s design seamlessly – so you do not have to worry about a large stainless steel object on each floor of your home.

6. Customize with Numerous Styles and Features

There are various design features to add to your dumbwaiter.

If you select a cab gate, you can pick between slide-up doors, bi-parting doors and even collapsible gates. For hoist way doors, you have the option of swing, slide-up and bi-parting. Then, select from a variety of finishes to complete the look.

Models of dumbwaiters come with varying height and weight capacities. If you have a taller house, our team could install a unit that can go as high as 47 feet with 300 to 500 pounds (depending on the model you choose).

Also, we can install counter-loading or floor-loading units. If you want to slide items from the compartment directly to the countertop, it is easy to do with the counter-loading model. For heavier items that you may wish to unload into the garage, using a floor-loading model is best. Each floor can have the style of load you need to make it easiest and most efficient.

7. Make Cleaning Up the House a Breeze

One of the biggest benefits to using a dumbwaiter in your home is how quickly you can clean.

When you pick up clutter, you can quickly put the clutter you find into a dumbwaiter and send it up to the next floor and continue. At each floor, take out items that belong on that floor and put them away and then continuing to work your way through the house. It saves you the hassle of carrying the items up and down between floors, and it is also a good way to help the children pick up their items. You can send up what they need to clean or put away.

Install a Dumbwaiter in Your Home Today

Dumbwaiters are relatively affordable and a great investment in your home. Homebuyers considering your home in the future will see dumbwaiters as a convenience upgrade, and it could increase the value of your home depending on the market.

Learn more about adding a dumbwaiter to your home by contacting us at 800-541-1741 or request more information online.

Commercial and Residential Dumbwaiters for Your Home

Dumbwaiters work on the same principle as elevators, in the sense that they move items up and down the levels of your home or business. The most common type is an electric dumbwaiter powered by a three or four h/p motor that generally can hold up to seven hundred and fifty pounds. Keep in mind, however, that you can customize any dumbwaiter for your specific needs.

Back when dumbwaiters were first invented they were powered by human hands who pulled the rope to get movement. Today dumbwaiters are usually electric and are available in many models with different prices. To read more about electronic dumbwaiters look at the article.  Dumbwaiters have various features including the way they look so they have a cover so it looks like it’s part of your home’s decor. They aren’t necessarily these obnoxious holes in your wall. Commercial and residential dumbwaiters run on a track system and have safety brakes built in.

Dumbwaiters are primarily used for elderly and those who are physically disabled, but they can also be used for anyone who would benefit from not having to carry heavy items. “The most important inventions are often the ones we overlook and that help us in our day-to-day living.” Commercial and residential dumbwaiters are among those inventions.


Save a Trip

Dumbwaiters can benefit all kinds of residents, whether it’s at work or at home. One type of work that really benefits from dumbwaiters are restaurants. If a restaurant is multi-story employees might have trouble carrying heavier dishes between floors. A dumbwaiter eliminates this problem and has been used for many years. Manual dumbwaiters use pulleys and aluminum tracks and can hold anywhere from one hundred to one thousand pounds (depending on the construction).  Automated dumbwaiters, on the other hand, are electronically powered and activate a 3.5-horsepower motor.

Today dumbwaiters are used outside the restuarant world and mot popular with disbaled and elderly people. They can load the dumbwaiter with heavy items or even just laundry if they please. Other people can use it too for similar needs. Using a dumbwaiter system is less expensive than an in-home elevator and ranges in costs as well. Read more about dumbwaiters online and contact a dumbwaiter professional today to improve your home.

Dumbwaiters in Your Home

Dumbwaiters can be very beneficial to you and your home. They reduce your physical effort to bring items to different levels of your house and prevent accidents from happening. They are commonly seen in hotels, restaurants and level stores, but now can be in your home too! Sometimes a dumbwaiter is necessary to the home, for example, if you are older and have trouble lifting items. But a dumbwaiter can also be necessary at any age if you have a ground floor laundry room, garage or basement.

Prices of dumbwaiters can vary and can be anywhere from a couple hundred dollars to several thousand. Having a viable spot for the unit already makes it less expensive to install. A dumbwaiter can increase the value of your home as well. Buyers will be more interested if they are older or know that they might have trouble carrying things.

“Multi-generational homes are growing more common. More and more people are choosing to live alone or with family instead of moving into a retirement facility. Breakthroughs in adaptive technology have improved the ability of people with mobility-restricting disabilities to live alone.” To see what else is said in the article, read it online and learn about the other benefits of having a dumbwaiter in your home. If you or someone you know is thinking about purchasing a dumbwaiter for the home contact a professional to learn more about installation.