What Makes A Stairlift Engineer?
If you have ever tried to find a stairlift engineer then you will probably already know that it's not as easy as it seems. Many companies employ engineers that are sent out to work on the wide range of stairlifts. Some of these engineers are very good and chances are we will know them, but most of them are not and sadly we also probably know them too.
Having been in the industry for more years than I can remember, I have attended training courses offered by most of the leading manufacturers, and passed! The courses were either carried out at the manufacturers own premises or at my place of work at the time and organised by my employer. These can be a single day course like the one I attended for Minivator in Kingswinford, West Midlands or a two day course like the one I attended by Brooks in Keighley, West Yorkshire. Sometimes we get to travel abroad like the course I attended for Freelift back in 2007. I was given the opportunity to visit their head office and main factory over in Heerhugowaard, Netherlands. It was a three day trip at their modern eco friendly premises and covered everything from sales and manufacture to stairlift services such as installation, maintenance and fault finding. At the end of 2007 Freelift became part of Minivator and then in 2010 the Minivator group was taken over by Handicare and still remains this way today.
Below are just some of the areas that we cover as a stairlift engineer:
Being based in Leicester this is naturally where we conduct most of our business for Leicester stairlifts. We are located in South Leicester which is perfect for us to access the nearby main road networks such as the A5, the M69, the M1, the M6 and the M40. We cover the whole county of Leicestershire which include towns and villages such as Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Aylestone, Belgrave, Blaby, Coalville, Cosby, Evington, Glenfield, Groby, Hinckley, Humberstone, Knighton, Loughborough, Lutterworth, Market Harborough, Melton Mowbray, Rutland, Narborough, Oadby, Oakham and Wigston.
Being a Leicester stairlift engineer means that as we are centrally located we can get to most areas quickly. We are never more than an hour or so away in travelling time from many of the areas that we cover. This is ideal when we are installing straight stairlifts in Leicester as it means we can often fit more than one in a day. It's also beneficial when installing curved stairlifts in Leicester which take a little longer, as we don't need to arrive at dawn in order to get home at a reasonable time. Most of our calls these days are regarding rental stairlifts in Leicester. Our stairlift rental scheme is extremely popular for both short and long term hire.
For customers that call us to enquire about Coventry stairlifts, we are again ideally located. We could have a Coventry stairlift engineer in the area within half an hour. Coventry is an ideal city to navigate around due to it's user friendly road network. There is an inner ring road that circles the town centre. There are frequent junctions leading off this to all the main areas of Coventry. We have many rental stairlifts in Coventry and frequently install both reconditioned stairlifts and new stairlifts in and around the city.
Our stairlift engineer cover all areas including Allesley, Bell Green, Binley, Caludon, Canley, Chapel Fields, Cheylesmore, Coundon, Earlsdon, Foleshill, Hillfields, Holbrook, Keresley, Longford, Nuneaton, Radford, Rugby, Spon End, Styvechale, Stoke, Tile Hill, Walsgrave, Whitley, Whoberley, Willenhall and Wykin.
The city of Covenrty extends out into Warwickshire and for this reason we cover many surrounding areas such as Rugby, Leamington-Spa, Southam, Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick itself. It's always a pleasure to visit these historic and well known places on our travels.
If our stairlift engineer travels directly West from Leicester then he will arrive in Birmingham in less than 40 minutes. Birmingham is also surrounded by major roads such as the M6, the M42 (leading to the M40), the M5, the A34 which goes right up past Cannock and the A38 which takes you up through to Derby. It can be a bit time consuming getting over to Dudly and Kidderminster but still achievable from Leicester in around an hour and a half.
Some of the areas we visit a lot include Bromsgrove, Coleshill, Dudley, Erdington, Great Barr, Halesowen, Kings Heath, Marston Green, Oldbury, Perry Barr, Redditch, Rubery, Shirley, Smethwick, Solihiull, Sutton Coldfield, Walsall and West Bromwich. Birmingham also borders on to nearby Staffordshire towns such as Tamworth, Lichfield and Cannock which are all also easily accessed via the A5 from South Leicester.
Nottingham is another City within easy reach of our Leicester stairlift engineers. Bingham, Bulwee, Carlton, Calverton, Chillwell, Clifton, Cotgrave, Daybrook, Hucknall, Lenton, Radford, Sherwood, The Meadows, West Bridgford and Woolaton are some of the most popular places that we attend. We have been installing stairlifts in Nottingham since we founded back in 2005 and we currently have many rental stairlifts in Nottingham as well as new stairlifts in Nottingham and also recondtioned stairlifts in Nottingham.
We have installed a rental Nottingham stairlift in a local church in Bramcote back in 2010. We removed an old Stannah stairlift that had developed a fault and the parts were no longer available. We installed a modern Acorn slimline stairlift under our popular Nottingham stairlift rental scheme and we are pleased that it has provided many years of reliable service to the congregation.
Just up the M1 at junction 24 is the A50. This takes us easily in to South Derby to towns such as Chellaston, Stenson and Findern. We can also pick up the A6 which will take us straight towards the city center where we can access the bypass which will take us to the suburbs. These include Allenton, Alvaston, Chaddesden, Chellaston, Elvaston, Littleover, Mickleover, Normanton, Oakwood, Sinfin and Sunny Hill.
There are a lot of old stairlifts still in operation in Derby and most were supplied and fitted by the local council or social services. These are now owned and maintained by the residents and so we get numerous calls from customers trying to keep them in action. We are still able to get many parts for some of these lifts so quite often it involves a trip to Derby to carry out a stairlift service and a battery change. On average this takes 30 - 40 minutes per visit so we are able to get round quite a few in the same day. This is good for a stairlift engineer as it means a different area can be covered each day.
For those looking for a stairlift engineer in Northanmpton, again we are literally 30 minutes away, Straight down the M1 to junction 15. Recently we were called to a service and repair in Great Brington on a Brooks slimline stairlift. To get to the village we had to go by Althorpe which of course is the resting place of Diana, Princess of Wales. Set in the countryside with views as far as you could see, it's jobs like that for a stairlift engineer that make travelling around Northampton a pleasure.
Some of the other areas we see and pass through as a Northampton stairlift engineer are Boughton, Collingtree, Cogenhoe, Corby, Daventry, Desborough, Duston, Earls Barton, Ecton, Great Houghton, Hardingstone, Higham Ferrers, Kettering, Kingsley Park, Moulton, Queens Park, Rothersthorpe, Rothwell, Rushden, Wellingborough, Towcester and Upton. This is just a small example of the places we cover when we work on Northampton stairlifts.
South West & Bristol Stairlifts.
We get a lot of inquiries from the South West of England, mainly around the Bristol and Somerset area. We now have an engineer in that area. Steve covers any South West stairlifts and in particular, Bristol stairlifts and also Somerset stairlifts. Being based in Bridgwater he is ideally located to cover any stairlifts in Exeter, Torquay, Weymouth or Exmouth.
Some of the areas he will cover are remote and tricky to get to but having lived around the Bristol area for over 25 years, he is very knowledgeable regarding the shortest and quickest routes. We have a number of rental stairlifts in Bristol and these all require an annual service and occasional stairlift battery replacement in Bristol and surrounding areas. Being able to cover the south coast and drive by the sea during a normal working day is certainly a perk in this job. We have a lot of care homes with stairlifts in the South West region. Some of these are rental stairlifts and some are privately owned. Our South West division already has a good name for reliability and fast response times.