Business Owner’s Guide to Buying an ElevatorPublished 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 an Elevator.
Given that purchasing an elevator 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 Elevator Purchase
This is the research phase where you need to ask yourself the right questions.
2. Book a Consultation
Many elevator dealers offer you free, professional advice. Make the most of it!
3. Design Your Lift
Now it is time to style and design your elevator. Some elevator manufacturers even have online configurator tools.
4. Get Your Quotation
Once you have configured your elevator, you can get a quotation with the estimated price and delivery time.
5. Measuring & Site Check
The elevator dealer visits your business to take measurements and checks the installation site.
6. Order Your Elevator
This is the moment when you approve your lift specification and order to get the final price and delivery time.
7. Delivery & Installation
The elevator is delivered and installed. Many elevator dealers will organize 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 elevator Purchase
To help you determine your needs, we have created a shortlist of questions that will help you decide what type of elevator is the best one to buy for your business:
- Will the elevator be used by the general public or just by staff members?
- How many floors will the elevator serve?
- How many people does the elevator need to carry?
- Will the elevator need to accommodate a wheelchair?
- Where do you want to place the elevator ?
- What is the available space for the elevator (width x depth)?
- What is the available headroom* on the top floor?
- What style and colour do you want for your elevator ?
- What is the budget for your elevator ?
*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 accessibility standards apply to your business. In Europe, the European Accessibility Act sets the bar for accessible products and services, and in the US, the fulfillment of the ASME A18.1 (Safety Standard for Platform Lifts and Stairway Chairlifts) is often required.
Tip: Cibes platform elevators solutions are built in accordance with ASME A18.1 (Safety Standard for Platform Lifts and Stairway Chairlifts).
Step 2: Book a Consultation
Cibes elevator 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 dealer’s showroom will give you the opportunity to see and experience some of the elevator 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 elevator solution for your business establishment. Use the contact form below to book a free consultation.