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What type of elevator should you choose
for existing home
Safety is of course paramount when considering a mobility solution, but homeowners also want things that look good. Something that looks as though it is part of the home (house pride is a very strong motivating factor). Solutions that are more attractive and discrete.
Compact electric elevator
A compact, electric elevator is a smaller, traditional home lift that requires a shaft or enclosure surrounding it. The elevator system is assembled within the enclosed hoistway and attaches to the existing floor joists for support. The reduced capacity and cab size keep the price affordable.
- Can serve 2-4 landings
- Automatic operation
- Automatic cab door
- 35fpm speed
- Greater construction scope
- Requires more space in comparison
Shaftless personal elevator
A shaftless, personal elevator is an attractive and compact two-story lift that travels through an aperture between the floors. It can be installed in almost any room in the house given its small footprint, and can be parked on another floor to conserve the useful space for passage.
- Compact footprint
- Lower total project cost
- Can be hidden when not in use
- Visibility while traveling
- Slower 16fpm speed
- Constant push operation
- Can only serve 2 landings
Find answers to common questions about our residential elevators in our FAQ section. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, feel free to contact us for assistance
What is the total cost?
The total cost is a combination of the elevator system, approx. $30,000 – 35,000, and the hoistway construction to accommodate the elevator. The later depends on the home and can range between $25,000 and $100,000.
How much room does it take up?
Same as a large closet, approx. 5ft x 5ft will allow a good sized elevator cab.
Will it fit in a staircase?
In most cases no, unless your staircase has a large enough void to satisfy a 5ft x 5ft (or larger) enclosure.
Can I enter the elevator from one side and exit the other?
Yes. We can configure the elevator cab to meet your design, whether its on/off same side, on/off opposite, adjacent opening, or all 3!
Are there any grants that cover the cost?
Available grants and tax breaks depend on local provinces/states and may be available for both a homeowner or home builder. We strongly recommend you research beforehand in order to take advantage of them. In Ontario, Canada where Cambridge Elevating is located in, there are two grants available for homeowners.
The first is the Seniors’ Home Safety Tax Credit. This credit allows a homeowner to claim a 25% rebate on up to $10,000 for a maximum of $2,500 back for a renovation to make a home safer and more accessible. Visit https://www.ontario.ca/page/seniors-home-safety-tax-credit for more info.
The second is the non-refundable Home Accessibility Tax Credit (HATC). It applies to qualifying expenses incurred for renovations (including both work performed and goods required) made to an eligible dwelling for eligible individuals. For 2022 and subsequent tax years, a maximum of $20,000 per year in qualifying expenses can be claimed resulting in a maximum tax credit of $3,000.
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How often do I need to service the elevator?
The manufacturer recommends twice annually but it can depend on how often the device is used. At least once per year, to maximize dependability and performance, certain elevator components require cleaning, lubrication, tolerance checking and testing.
Can I just buy the elevator and have a family member or friend install it to save money?
Sorry no. Only certified and/or factory trained mechanics can install elevating devices given the inherent dangers and risk of personal injury & death to those installing the devices and/or passengers riding them.
I cannot afford that, can you come check my house to see if there is a less expensive way to install it?
We have a reno-friendly Homelift model that only serves two floors. The total project cost is usually less because it does not require the construction of a full enclosure. The budget for that product is $45,000 – 50,000.
Will it increase the value of my home?
Yes. There is plenty of evidence that a home with a private elevator commands greater resale value and sells faster than an equivalent listing without because it appeals to a larger audience. Namely the growing number of people wishing to Age in Place and families with multiple generations at home.
Do you do the construction work?
No. However we can connect you with quality contractors who have intimate knowledge of our requirements from experience working with Cambridge Elevating on numerous projects over the years.
Does it fit a wheelchair?
Yes, we have many different cab sizes available. To ensure the cab size satisfies your accessible needs, the hoistway footprint available must be large enough.
Do you offer construction services?
No. However Cambridge Elevating or our network of dealers across North American might be able to connect you with quality contractors who have intimate knowledge of our requirements from experience working with our products on numerous projects over the years.
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