Installing a Lift in a House


The Process of Installing a Lift in a House

Over the past 10 years more and more people have been contacting Tower Lifts about installing a lift in a house. The majority of our residential clients continue to be mobility impaired or wheelchair users who are looking to adapt their living environment to their needs. There’s also a number of older people who are thinking about future-proofing their home. Finally, there’s a growing number of calls about luxury lifts in new build houses.

Many of our callers have some concerns about the upheaval involved in installing a lift in their house. Their worst nightmare is that building work will be needed, making their home a no-go area for weeks. Tower Lifts engineers are always quick to assure them that the process is quite fast, painless and well worth the effort. We thought it might be helpful to outline the stages of lift installation in order to allay our clients’ fears.

Stage One – Design

The process of lift installation always begins with a visit by one of our lift designers to your home. They will want to know about your requirements, and assess the environment in which the lift will operate. We’ll then suggest one of 3 options:

  • Platform Lift. These are designed for wheelchair users and are comparatively simple to install. There’s no need for a shaft (so no building works to worry about) and the installation time is usually  2-4 days. The vertical platform lift looks like a traditional cabin lift, and it can be fully customised to your requirements.
  • Bespoke Home Lift. If you are installing a lift as part of a future-proofing project, we would recommend a bespoke home lift. This is designed to your requirements, and designed to minimise disruption to your home during installation. In most cases we’re able to install a home lift in less than a week.
  • Bespoke Step Lift. If you have a short flight of steps either up to your front door, in the garden, or as a result of spit-level flooring inside, we can create a lift solution for you. The step lift is a platform, sturdy enough to take a wheelchair easily, which will appear when the lift is activated and disappear once its function is complete.

Stage Two – Installation

Once the design is complete, including consultation on the finish and customisation of your home lift, we schedule installation. Our lift engineers combine skills and experience, which means that they’ll work efficiently, safely and with the minimum possible disruption. Tower Lifts is UKAS and Lift Cert ISO 9001 accredited. This guarantees the highest level of technical competence and standards.

Stage Three – Testing and Handover

All our home lifts are comprehensively tested. Our handover process ensures that clients feel confident using the lift system, and know how to contact us should they encounter a problem. We always recommend that home lifts are regularly maintained. The Tower Lifts maintenance contract is tailored to your specific requirements, and includes priority access to 24/7 emergency repairs should they be required.


Would you like to speak to one of our design engineers about installing a lift in your house? Call us today, we’d love to hear from you, on 01525 601099


Tower Lifts carry out design and installation on a varied range of lifts throughout the UK including:

Domestic Lifts • Food Lifts • Bespoke Platform Lifts • Service Lifts • Platform Lifts • Goods Lifts • Scenic Lifts • Heavy Duty / Car Lifts • Passenger Lifts • Dumbwaiter Lifts • MRL Lifts • Fire lifts • Residential Lifts • low-Headroom Lift