Business Owner’s Guide to Buying a LiftPublished on 2022-05-27
If you are a business owner, you are probably aware that an increasing number of business establishments are legally required to comply with accessibility standards. One of the first things to address is how to offer secure safe and comfortable access between floors, and that is why we created this Business Owner’s Guide to Buying a Lift.
Given that purchasing a lift for your business is a big decision that requires considerable organisation and planning, this buyer’s guide breaks it down to 8 easy steps:
1. Preparing for Your Lift Purchase
This is the research phase where you need to ask yourself the right questions.
2. Book a Lift Consultation
Many lift dealers offer you free, professional advice. Make the most of it!
3. Design Your Lift
Now it is time to style and design your lift. Some lift manufacturers even have online configurator tools.
4. Get Your Quotation
Once you have configured your lift, you can get a quotation with the estimated price and delivery time.
5. Measuring & Site Check
The lift dealer visits your business to take measurements and checks the installation site.
6. Order Your Lift
This is the moment when you approve your lift specification and order to get the final price and delivery time.
7. Delivery & Installation
The lift is delivered and installed. Many lift dealers will organise the whole process for you.
8. Sign a Lift Maintenance Contract
The best way to ensure that your lift is working well and is safe to use is to sign a maintenance contract.
Step 1: Preparing for Your Lift Purchase
To help you determine your needs, we have created a shortlist of questions that will help you decide what type of lift is the best one to buy for your business:
- Will the lift be used by the general public or just by staff members?
- How many floors will the lift serve?
- How many people does the lift need to carry?
- Will the lift need to accommodate a wheelchair?
- Where do you want to place the lift?
- What is the available space for the lift (width x depth)?
- What is the available headroom* on the top floor?
- What style and colour do you want for your lift?
- What is the budget for your lift?
*Distance between the floor and the ceiling.
Once you have answered these questions, it will be much easier to start looking for a suitable supplier and ask for additional advice. To find out more about Cibes public and commercial lift solutions, please visit our website.
At this stage, it may also be worth investigating what lift standards apply to your business. In Europe, the European Accessibility Act sets the bar for accessible products and services, and there are several accessibility standards for lifts, such as the EN 81-70.
Step 2: Book a Lift Consultation
Cibes lift dealers offer free, professional advice. Depending on where your business is located, you may be able to book a face-to-face meeting at your business facility or meet at the lift supplier’s showroom. Both options have their advantages. Meeting at your business facility will give your lift dealer a chance to get measurements and other technical data they need to make a quotation straight away. Meeting at the lift dealer’s showroom will give you the opportunity to see and experience some of the lift solutions they offer.
If your business establishment is far away from your closest dealer, an online meeting or a telephone call will work too. In any case, you should not miss the opportunity to get free advice!
At Cibes, our salespeople and distributing partners are trained to advise you on the best lift solution for your business establishment. Use the contact form below to book a free consultation.