Choosing the Best Home Elevators for Sale: A Buyer's Guide

Whether you are an elderly person interested in maintaining your independence in your own home, a homeowner with limited mobility, or a homeowner interested in adding convenience and value to your property, your life would be so much simpler with a home lift or personal elevator. Small home elevators allow you to enjoy the ease and convenience of avoiding the stairs whenever you choose! Home elevators for sale come in all shapes and sizes to meet your needs and fit within your home. Nationwide Lifts is proud to offer the best lifts for homes, and we're also proud of our expertise in helping people choose the right residential (home) elevators for their needs. With the right house elevator, you'll be able to maintain a safe, independent lifestyle longer and without the risk or inconvenience of hauling heavy loads from floor to floor. Explore the variety of home elevators for sale here and find out everything you need to know before purchasing one for your house.

When a family member has difficulty with mobility, special equipment may be necessary, and a home elevator system is often chief among these needs. Nationwide Lifts offers a variety of residential elevators to suit any house. Elevator styles include hydraulic, traditional cable, shaft-less, glass, or even pneumatic models. Platform lifts are also available to move a wheelchair from one floor to another. We even have dumbwaiters to enable you to transport items between floors of your home. Imagine the convenience of being able to transport heavy items such as laundry, groceries, or luggage via a dumbwaiter instead of carrying them up flights of stairs!

Types of Residential Elevators

Traditional

Traditional cable or hydraulic elevators are certainly good options for those who need a residential elevator. These elevators offer quiet operation and a smooth ride. We have a number of finishes available, and many homeowners find exactly what they want with these traditional elevators.

Wheelchair Lifts

Wheelchair lift elevators are made to assist those with disabilities. They take up less space than a traditional elevator and may be more affordable. There are several models to choose from depending on what vertical travel distance must be accommodated. A home lift elevator can help your building meet ADA standards.

Dumbwaiters

Dumbwaiters are very compact and save a lot of space. They're an efficient solution for those who need to move small objects from floor to floor. Kitchens and libraries often install dumbwaiters to move dishes and books.

Cable Drum

A cable drum machinery system takes up the least amount of space and includes an emergency battery-powered lowering system. Cable drum elevators are the quietest models in the industry.

Hydraulic

These piston-powered elevators deliver a smooth ride and gentle descent. They can be adapted for many different designs and are suitable for many different kinds of low-rise buildings.

Pneumatic

Pneumatic elevators are a sleek and eye-catching addition to a home. Pneumatic elevators are one of the safest and most reliable types on the market.

Screw Drive

Screw-drive systems are typically used in wheelchair lifts. They are slow-moving, but they are economical and save space, as they don't require the use of a machine room.

Glass

These beautiful elevators are chosen for their looks. A glass elevator is elegant and unobtrusive in the home, or it can be used to showcase beautiful views in high-rise buildings and waterfront properties. A glass elevator also fits ideally into upscale homes. Riding in a round polycarbonate-paneled cab, occupants of glass elevators have a full view of their surroundings while they move up or down in the home.

MRL

A machine-room-less elevator saves space and tends to be more affordable. These versatile elevators come in a variety of different models and sizes. Our Freedom Green models are also designed for energy-efficiency. The walls are made with recycled wood, they don't use hazardous hydraulic oil, and they use 50% less energy than conventional elevators.

Shaft-less

These elevators can only travel between two levels, but they are a great choice for residential use because they don't take up much space. They don't require machine rooms or hoistways. The cost is often low with this type of installation due to the minimal site preparation involved.

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Residential Elevator Sizes for Any Size Home

A home elevator can make spaces much easier to navigate, but at Nationwide Lifts, we understand that space can be an important consideration before proceeding with this installation. Some homes simply lack the space needed to install a large elevator. With this limitation in mind, we have designed elevators and lifts in all different sizes and configurations to fit any space. Our residential elevators' dimensions also are usually customizable to fit your space.

With traditional elevators, capacities vary, but the most heavy-duty model can accommodate up to 1,400 pounds. Standard sizes range from as small as 36 inches by 48 inches to as large as 40 inches by 54 inches. Custom sizing is also available for an elevator as large as 18 square feet.

A shaft-less elevator can be an ideal option for a home with more space limitations. This elevator type has an amazingly small footprint, making it easy to fit it into virtually any home. Sizing options are available depending on whether the elevator needs to transport just people or a wheelchair. Capacities range from 375 to 485 pounds.

A pneumatic elevator is also ideal for fitting into small spaces. The sleek cab features a circular design that often installs easily into a small niche, such as tucked into a wrap-around staircase. The smallest pneumatic elevator has a diameter of 30 inches with an interior diameter of 20 inches. Larger elevators have an interior diameter of 32 to 43 inches, enabling them to accommodate more than one person or a wheelchair.

If the purpose of the elevator is to transport a wheelchair, you may want to consider a wheelchair lift instead to save space. A vertical lift travels along a guide rail over the stairs and takes up very little space outside of the stairway. Most of these models fold away when not in use. For those who want to save space, its best to opt for a vertical lift instead of a typical wheelchair lift, which requires the installation of an elevator shaft.

Homes with more space might accommodate a glass cable elevator. Glass circular lift dimensions typically offer a diameter of 51 inches, enabling you to use it for multiple people or a wheelchair.


Budgeting for Residential Elevators' Prices

If you need a home elevator, cost doesn't have to prevent you from installing one: Often, residential elevators cost less than you think! You can expect to pay between $20,000 and $30,000 for one of our basic residential elevators with the standard furnishings. We can also provide higher-end finishes and detailing along with customized options. Keep in mind that we offer financing to help those who need a new lift but find home elevator prices to be daunting.


How Much Does a Residential Elevator Cost?

How much does a home elevator cost? The base price starts at $20,000, but this can vary greatly depending on specifics, especially for customized purchases. Higher-end elevators with specialized design details can cost up to $300,000. It all depends on exactly what size, style, and features you're looking for in a home elevator: Costs for larger and more complex orders are naturally higher.


Residential Elevator FAQs

What Is the Standard Size of a Residential Elevator?

The typical dimensions of a residential elevator are between 6 and 7 feet tall and between 3 and 5.5 feet in depth.

Are Home Elevators Safe?

Yes, a home elevator is safe, as long as you use the equipment as it's intended and follow the product safety guidelines. You should also make sure to perform regular elevator maintenance to ensure that equipment is in good working order.

Can I Put an Elevator in My House?

Yes, many homes will support the installation of a residential elevator. Different types of elevators will have different space requirements and specs. We also offer custom elevators, allowing for flexibility and ample opportunity to make an elevator become a great addition to your home.

What Is the Smallest Residential Elevator?

The smallest residential elevators are shaft-less pneumatic ones. Removing the shaft component saves a lot of space and removes the need to dig a pit for the shaft. We offer a variety of small shaft-less residential elevators that take up a limited amount of space and have a sleek and attractive design.

How Much Does a Small House Elevator Cost?

Pricing typically starts around $20,000.

How Much Space Is Needed for a Residential Elevator?

An elevator with a shaft will likely need a minimum of 5 feet in both width and depth, though a pneumatic, shaft-less elevator is a space-saver that may only need half that amount of space.

What Is the Minimum Size of an Elevator?

Our smallest size elevator is a pneumatic elevator that is around 20 inches in diameter.

How Does a Pneumatic Elevator Work?

Pneumatic elevators rely on air pressure to work. They create high- and low-pressure environments inside the tube that push the elevator car up and down. There are pumps at either end to change the air pressure levels. When the air pressure becomes equalized, the car comes to a stop.

What Are Hydraulic Lifts?

An elevator that uses a hydraulic lift moves using pistons that have a fluid-pumping system. This pressurized fluid collects in the cylinder, which pushes the piston up and lifts the elevator car. To descend, the fluid is released and the weight of car slowly pushes down the piston while the car slowly lowers.

What Are the Types of Elevators?

We sell the following types of residential elevators:

  • Hydraulic
  • Cable
  • Wheelchair lift
  • Dumbwaiter
  • Pneumatic
  • Glass
  • Shaft-less

Is Home Elevator Modernization a Better Choice?

If you already have an elevator in your home but it's not up to par, you may not need a new one. The elevator modernization process consists of modifications that ensure that an elevator is up to code, including safety codes. As elevators age, parts can wear out and need to be replaced, or new developments can be made to improve safety and function with regular elevator maintenance. Elevator modernization services can also modify your elevator to meet ADA standards that define the specifications of accessible elevators for the disabled. If your home needs to accommodate a wheelchair, it's essential that your elevator can meet these standards to ensure safe and proper transportation of wheelchair-using residents and guests. Modernization can make the cab space larger, make sure controls are reachable, and ensure that the flooring won't impede wheelchairs. At Nationwide Lifts, sending an elevator installer to your home isn't all that we can do: We also offer elevator modernization to ensure that your existing elevator is both safe and accessible to all.


Don't Forget About Residential Elevator Maintenance

Regular maintenance after an in-home elevator installation is key to keeping your lift safe and functional. After installing a residential elevator, we are ready to assist you with regular maintenance to keep the unit running safely and efficiently. Periodic maintenance will keep electrical and mechanical components operating correctly. If repairs are necessary, we can assist with immediate service.

You can contact us any time for more information about our maintenance and repair services, but there are also a few things you can do on your own to ensure proper upkeep of your elevator and to determine when it's time to call a professional for maintenance. Performing your own elevator inspections will allow you to catch any problems before they become worse, which will allow you to prolong the life of your elevator overall. You'll want to check the inside and outside of the car for any damage or dead lights. You'll also want to take note of whether the doors are opening and closing smoothly. Apart from the car, if you have a machine room, you'll want to take a look at it regularly. Look out for debris, leaking or low oil levels, unusual vibrations, or wear and tear.


Order In-Home Elevators Online Today

With the right elevator for your home, you'll be able to maintain a safe, independent lifestyle longer and without the risk or inconvenience of hauling heavy loads from floor to floor. Call today to learn more about the elevators we have for sale: We're here to answer any questions you might have, from “How much does a residential elevator cost?” to “Which type of elevator is the smallest?” We can also send you a free 26-page color catalog so you can look over our products in print, if you prefer. Explore our residential elevators' prices and features to make sure that you're getting exactly the right lift for your home, or call us to get advice or a free quote that explains potential home elevator costs for your unique situation. We can even help you with financing to make sure that residential/home elevators' prices don't get in the way of your mobility.

At Nationwide Lifts, we want to make sure that every customer is an informed and satisfied customer, from the moment you begin the process of buying a new elevator to the day when our professional elevator installer comes to your home. Contact us today and let us help you improve your home with a new lift.

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