Installing a wheelchair lift doesn't just benefit your customers with disabilities—it benefits your business too. Here are three financial benefits of wheelchair lift installation that will boost your company's bottom line.
You'll Reach More Customers
The most obvious way a wheelchair lift will help your business profit is by increasing your potential customer base. Did you know that over 2 million Australians have a physical disability? In Australia, 4.4% of people with a disability are wheelchair users, and many more have mild-to-moderate mobility impairments. If your business isn't accessible to these people, you're turning away potential customers every single day. A wheelchair lift allows people with all types of physical disabilities to move from floor to floor easily without the need to climb stairs. It also ensures that customers with disabilities can patronise your business any day of the week without needing to wait until a friend or relative is available to help them up and down the stairs.
You Won't Risk Non-Compliance Costs
Does your local authority require that your business is compliant with a disabilities act? If so, a wheelchair lift may be essential. If you're legally obligated to make your business accessible and fail to do so, you'll face costly fees for non-compliance with regulations. Many businesses also have other regulations they need to comply with. Historic buildings, for example, may need to be preserved in structure and aesthetic. Building a wheelchair ramp on such properties can ruin the character, getting you into costly financial trouble with the authorities. Unlike ramps, wheelchair lifts don't damage a property at all and can be removed if needed.
It's Cheaper Than the Alternatives
Of course, a wheelchair lift isn't the only way to make your business more accessible. However, it is often the cheapest. Low-tech ramps may seem like they'd be inexpensive, but the construction costs can be surprisingly high. Ramps also take up more space, meaning you may need to pay for the demolishment and restructuring of parts of your façade. Likewise, a traditional elevator requires complex construction and installation that will quickly eat into your bottom line. Wheelchair lifts, on the other hand, can be found in portable designs that simply roll and lock into place wherever you need them to go. Even the permanent models require little construction—often nothing more than bolting in place since they're compact enough to fit most business exteriors.
Speak to a professional who provides wheelchair lifts for more information.