If you have mobility issues, the upper levels of your home can be pretty much inaccessible. You have two options: you either have a stair lift installed to assist you with getting up the stairs or you opt for an actual elevator. While both of these options have the ability to give you accessibility to all levels of your home, stair lifts tend to be the most viable option for most people. Here is a look at some of the obvious advantages of choosing a stair lift over an elevator when you have mobility limitations. 

A stair lift is not going to be as costly as an elevator to install. 

Naturally, a stair lift is not going to be as costly as an elevator. These units are more affordable for the average household. Elevators are often deemed as a luxury item because they are more expensive to obtain and quite costly to install. The process of installing an elevator can take several days, which is going to mean more money for installation costs. A stair lift can be installed in as little as a day, and it does not take a lot of manpower to achieve. 

A stair lift will not require as much ongoing maintenance as an elevator. 

Elevators are complex systems that have a lot of moving parts and a lot of components that have to be tended to frequently after installation. You could easily require an elevator maintenance visit more than a few times a year. On the other hand, a stair lift does not require as much ongoing attention by any measure. You may have to occasionally have the moving parts lubricated or have the hardware of the lift tightened, but beyond that, these lifting implements do not need a lot of time or attention. 

A stair lift is not going to require additional space in your home. 

When an elevator is installed, you have to have space available for an elevator shaft, for the elevator entrance, and for the operating mechanisms. People who do not have a very large home may have to sacrifice entire rooms or sections of the home just to make way for the components of the elevator to be installed. Stair lifts attach to the wall, and the lift folds out of the way when it is not in use, so there is little risk of the device taking up too much space.