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FAQ about Residential wheelchair lifts for home use:

Do outdoor lifts for wheelchairs usually cost less or more than installing a ramp?

Most often the wheelchair lift price is lower that the cost of installing a ramp. The cost of a ramp depends on the height of the rise. A ramp must be at least 12” long for every 1 inch of rise. Which means even if you only have a 10” high porch, your ramp would need to be at least 10 feet long. There is a lot of skilled labor involved in building a ramp, so the cost can be quite high when you consider the amount of material and the time it will take.

The Freedom wheelchair lifts take up significantly less space, and can be installed in a few hours, if the site is prepared. Customers have found that wheelchair porch lift prices are significantly lower than the quotes they’ve received for having a ramp installed.

How quickly can I receive the residential porch lift?

Production time for the residential porch lifts depend on the model, configuration and optional add-ons. The factory often has one of the standard 52” straight through wheelchair lifts in stock, however most wheelchair lifts take about 2 to 3 weeks to manufacture, plus shipping time from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

How much room do residential porch lifts take up?

Accessibility Professionals offers two lifting heights, 28” and 52”, and each of those are available in two configurations, a straight through or an adjacent wheelchair platform lifts. See the chart below for measurements. Remember to leave enough clearance space over the lift to account for someone standing on the lift:

Lift Configuration Overall Footprint Size Concrete Pad size Tower Height
28" Straight through 54" x 49" 60" x 60" 50 ½"
28" Adjacent 54" x 54" 60" x 60" 50 ½"
52" Straight through 54" x 49" 60" x 60" 70 ½"
52" Adjacent 54" x 54" 60" x 60" 70 ½"


Who can install the Freedom home lift systems?

Depending on where your home is located, your local building permit office may have certain requirements about who is authorized to do residential lift installations. If you are receiving any funding for this type of home modification (for example, by Veterans Affairs), the funding organization may also have certain criteria regarding who is authorized to install these home lift systems.

However, if you have confirmed that there is no such requirement for residential lift installations in your area (municipal or state), these lifts are easy to install. Here’s what you need to know to decide what skills are needed to install the Freedom Wheelchair Platform lifts:

  • The site must be prepared with a level concrete pad.
  • The upper landing must be secure and level.
  • A travel wall may need to be installed if there is an open space underneath the deck.
  • An upper railing and upper landing gate may need to be installed, depending on the height required.
  • A 110 VAC 15A electrical receptacle must be provided within 6 feet of the tower side of the wheelchair lifts (up to 12’ cords are available). If there is no outlet close by, preferably a dedicated circuit, then an electrician will needed to add one.
  • The wheelchair platform lifts can weigh over 600lbs, so the installation will require a few strong individuals
  • There is some assembly required, so someone who is capable of reading installation instructions and has the required tools should be able to install the wheelchair platform lifts.

Freedom Wheelchair Lifts offer best value

Freedom's residential wheelchair lifts for home use have a weight capacity of 750lbs, accommodating a person in an electric scooter or someone in a wheelchair. Wheelchair platform lifts vertically transfer you from your porch to your yard, allowing you to go anywhere you desire. Our wheelchair lifts are an economical solution to home accessibility. Available with a maximum lifting height of 28” or 52”, we can help you select from our home lift systems to suit your individual needs.

What else can I do to make my home accessible?

Adding an exterior wheelchair lift to gain access to your home is a great first step to making your home accessible for all family members and visitors. The next step should be making your bathroom accessible, since this room can be the most difficult to use when you have limited mobility or depend on a wheelchair or walker to get around. If possible a main floor bathroom should be accessible. Adding a curbless or barrier free shower will greatly reduce the dangers of slips and falls while transitioning into a bath or shower. Adding grab bars and a shower bench will make this even safer. Visit to see the many options available for your bathroom, or for walk in tubs.

For continued independence and staying at home longer, the next room you should focus on is the kitchen. Accessibility Professionals offers many solutions to create a wheelchair accessible kitchen. Visit to see what is available.

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If you are a homeowner or contractor looking for accessibility solutions, call our expert customer service team. They are standing by to answer your questions and help you choose the right lift for you.

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