4 Tips for Choosing the Right Lift Consultants

Lifts can be complicated, especially if you’re not familiar with them.

There are so many different types of lifts, lift functions, and safety regulations to be aware of it can be difficult to know where to start!

That’s where lift consultancy can be a vital service for your architects, builders, building managers and maintenance teams, offering expert advice, guidance, and a plan of action where needed!

To learn more about what lift consultancy is, and how to choose the right lift consultants for you, keep reading or get in touch with the lift consultancy team at Sheridan Lifts today!

But First, What is Lift Consultancy?

Lift consultancy covers a wide range of services and disciplines. 

A lift consultant can help you with:

  • Lifts in new buildings, at the start, middle, and end of the construction process.
  • Lifts that have frequent technical issues you can’t seem to get to the bottom of
  • Existing lifts in a building you’ve just bought or started managing
  • Lifts that are in need of maintenance and inspections
  • Lifts that have been out of service for some time
  • Lifts in need of repairs
  • Older lifts that may be in need of lift refurbishment and modernisation or lift replacement
  • Lifts that need updated statutory documentation (such as LOLER certification).

When working with a lift consultant, you’ll have a team on-site, looking at your lift in person to help you determine the right next step, no matter what type, age, style, or size of lift you have.

How to Choose the Right Lift Consultants

1. Find out About their Qualifications & Accreditations

LEIA (Lift and Escalator Industry Association) membership is one of the most important accreditations to look out for when choosing a lift consultant. LEIA is an industry body and leader in the lift and vertical transport sector, and provides guidance on:

  • Health, safety and standards in the industry
  • Determining skills requirements and education and training for the sector
  • Co-operation within the industry and communications between industry professionals and clients suppliers.
  • Maintaining high standards of workmanship and quality.

The Sheridan Lifts team also holds a range of additional qualifications, memberships and accreditations to give our customers peace of mind, and to reflect our commitment to quality in the industry – take a look at our industry accreditations here!

2. Choose an Experienced Team

Consultancy is all about putting together the pieces of the puzzle to help our clients feel confident their lifts are functional, fit for purpose, and compliant. 

Experience can go a long way in reassuring you that this is the case, and that your consultants are taking the right steps to get your lifts there. At Sheridan Lifts, we’ve been helping our customers get the most out of their lifts for over 40 years, so you can be sure you’re getting the highest quality expertise from our team!

3. Independent Consultants or Integrated?

At Sheridan Lifts, we are proud to be an entirely independent, family-run lift consultancy.

When you work with lift consultants that are integrated with a lift brand, you’ll likely only get access to their products and services. In some cases this can be helpful as you’ll get brand-specific advice. However, for most organisations in need of lift consultancy, you’ll be more focused on having wider expertise and access to the whole market, which is what independent consultants can give. 

At Sheridan, we can source documentation and parts from across the breadth of the market, and aren’t limited to just one brand of lift types, parts, and equipment. This means more value for your money, and more solutions available – think of it like buying from the dealership vs a reputable private seller.

4. Can Your Lift Consultants Help with the Next Steps?

When choosing a lift consultant, you’ll want to consider whether or not your chosen consultancy can fix any issues or implement any recommendations they have.

There are some lift consultancies that do just that – consultancy and consultancy only. When you just need some advice, that’s all well and good, but what do you do if your inspection turns out to be something that needs urgent attention? 

That’s why having a lift consultant that can also action any recommendations and lift repairs is a really good idea. That way, any work that does need to be done isn’t handed over to someone else without the specialist knowledge of your consultant, and you can feel confident you’re getting the best possible results as quickly as possible.

Choose Sheridan Lifts as your Lift Consultants

If you’re looking for assistance with your lift, whether that’s on a project basis or ongoing, look no further than the team at Sheridan Lifts. 

We have expert lift consultants in Manchester and lift consultants in London, as well as a nationwide network of lift experts ready to help.

Our team have over 40 years of experience behind them, and a whole host of qualifications, regular training programmes, and industry accreditations on our side to prove our dedication to our craft. If you need help with any aspect of your lifts – inspections, maintenance, one-time checks, LOLER inspections or more – we can help.

Get in touch with our friendly team today to get started with one of the UK’s leading independent lift consultancy providers!