Residential Home Elevators: Guide to FAQ


As more and more home elevators enter our houses, more and more people hope to install elevators for their houses to facilitate their lives or improve the property value.

Today we answer some frequently asked questions about residential home elevators.



1. How much does a residential home elevator cost?

On average, a residential elevator can cost anywhere from $5,000 to $60,000, depending on the floor to be served, the configuration of the elevator car, and other considerations. Prices include taxes, license fees, shipping and installation fees. You will pay $5,000 to $40,000 for the equipment and $1,000 to $20,000 for the installation. The price largely depends on the type. Outdoor lifts range from $2,000 to $10,000, while pneumatic vacuum types range from $35,000 to $60,000.

Listed below are some of the parameters that affect home elevator pricing:

  • The number of floors (stops) the elevator will serve.

  • The type of machine to be used (compact winding cable reel, overhead winding cable reel, overhead pulling, rope hydraulic or vacuum).

  • The total number of feet the elevator will travel.

  • The number of door openings in the elevator car.

  • Cab Size: Standard (36"W x 48"D) or larger cab size.

  • Cab Interior: Standard or optional custom cab interior upgrades.

  • Any other options such as raised panel cab, power door, power door, etc.



2. What is the difference between cable reels, traction, pneumatic vacuum and hydraulic drives?

residential home Elevator

Types of Home Elevators

The most suitable type of building/Features

Cable-driven elevator

New building

Chain drive elevator

Space-saving and durable

MRL elevator

New Construction, Durability and Existing Homes

Hydraulic elevator

Save space

Pneumatic elevator

Existing house with basement



3. What kind of interior can I get with my residential home elevator?

There are so many interiors to choose from.

Hosting's home residential elevators can provide a variety of different choices and combinations from elevator types, specifications, car doors, car interiors, lighting and other aspects.

There is no doubt that you let your own preferences be your guide and choose your preferred style. Of course, you can also provide your own design style.


4. What does it take to install a home elevator elevator?


In addition to the construction site for your residence, you need to have everything you need for a compliant, safe elevator (including shipping, sales tax, installation, wiring for elevator controls and permits including associated costs).


5. The difference between residential home elevator and home elevator


Unlike stair lifts, which can only carry one person, elevators are usually designed to carry two people, and some are designed for wheelchair users or up to three people. Again, this type of product is great for people with walkers. Residential elevators are also considered more reliable than stair lifts, and while lifts are often a cheaper alternative, stair lifts are more prone to failure and require frequent repairs and maintenance, which increases the overall cost of the product. By installing a residential elevator, homeowners can stay at home longer without having to "indent" a potentially expensive, disruptive and emotional bungalow. Not only can a home elevator be a stylish accessory for any home, it can also add value to the property, making it a worthwhile investment.


6. How big is the hoistway for a home elevator?

As for the hoistway size of a home elevator, it is related to the home elevator manufacturer you choose and the final required specifications.

For example: a standard 1.2m wide x 1.1m deep (internally transparent) elevator, with all doors on the same side, opening the door in the middle, usually requires a 1.55m wide x 1.35m deep transparent internal shaft.


7. How long does it take to manufacture an elevator?

Manufacturing can take 4 to 8 weeks after we release the unit for production by sending the "approved" elevator shop drawings back to the manufacturer. Some special order models may take longer

Full "approval" requires the homeowner or contractor/builder and elevator project manager to verify all hoistway dimensions and confirm all elevator features and options on-site. All of these choices are recorded on elevator blueprints called "shop drawings." The "Approval Letter" is then signed by the builder, owner and elevator project manager.


8. How long does it take to install an elevator?

The answer depends on the construction or remodeling progress of your home. Usually, installers can do most of the work quickly, usually 3-5 days in total on site. However, if site preparation still prevents us from completing the elevator, it may not be consecutive days, when we will get in conditions After that, proceed to construction. Some examples of such items include: unhung hoistway doors, unfinished wall finishes, or unready for electricity and telephone service.


9. What size home elevator does a wheelchair need?

It depends on the size of the wheelchair. The minimum recommended cab size is 36" wide x 48" deep. However, over the years we have seen a trend towards wheelchairs getting bigger, so bigger is better when it comes to wheelchairs.

Of course, most of the home elevators designed by Hosting can accommodate wheelchairs well.


10. Does a home elevator need a machine room? How big does it need to be?

It depends on the type of elevator you end up choosing.

But one thing is certain, most of the home elevators on the market, except for hydraulic elevators, which require special space and room as a machine room to place elevator equipment, most of the others do not need a machine room, and often solve related problems by reserving space at the top or bottom. question.


11. Do I need a framed wall to support the elevator?

Frame requirements vary for each elevator model, here we will give you four different types of elevator layouts.


12. Are home elevators accessible from any direction?

Most elevators can be customized or choose the number and orientation of car doors, you can communicate with your manufacturer specifically about your needs.


13. How often do home elevators need repairs?

Home elevators are important large electrical devices, just like cars, they are closely related to our quality of life. So sometimes, you may need to service it. There are many different service plans. Seasonal, semi-annual, oil and grease or full maintenance. Please contact Service for current prices.

More Read:

List: Top 10 Elevator Companies in World(Updated 2022)

Top 10 Elevator Manufacturers in China 2022

How to choose an elevator manufacturer

Residential Elevators for Homes: Price Guide

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