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I’m 41 in a wheelchair majority of the time due to multiple chronic pain conditions, we have two teen daughters with Autism and my hubby retired early last year to care for us due to my disability, we have been quoted $32,000 for a ramp at our home to be installed I’ve been denied NDIS 7 times so no funding options, how do people afford this when we’re on a pension?

Posted anonymously, 1st September 2021

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  • I can’t speak from experience but that sounds ridiculously high to me. I would keep looking around. I hope you find something soon.

  • That sounds high to me, definitely look around for another quote I would suggest!

  • I’m shocked you’ve been denied for NDIS. Having worked in the disability world previously $32k seems like a typical price but depends on the size of the ramp, location, etc.

  • That sounds extraordinarily high! Maybe get a few more quotes, try your local Facebook Group and/or Airtasker (you may find a local handyman who could create/build one for you).

  • I really hope you find something cheaper. Success with your search ! Xx

  • Thank you everyone it has to be 14 m long as home is 1.09m off ground, our home is only 10m long so it’s a huge thing to add but it just seems unfair as I’m happy to use any materials and nothing fancy but any lift is too expensive too we got a stair climber thanks to the guys giving us a deal ($4000) but I’m in pain and it’s a very bumpy ride it really hurts. Thank you so much for taking the time to answer we’re in rural Qld so not much choice in services.

  • Always shop around!
    I’m guessing prices are high at the moment because of COVID but you should still check all other companies.
    I’m sorry this is happening to you right now, a lot of people are struggling with money right now. I honestly wish people would help each other out somehow, especially those with a disability.

  • I certainly wouldn’t be going with the first quote I got, and especially at that price. Think I would be taking more consideration into what I am buying not what will be conducive to beat the virus and that really seems to kong,

  • Boy that’s a big amount for it but it depends what size is that you need, make sure you get another couple of quotes make sure they are qualified and maybe reviews on their work as so many scammers and look for builders or carpenters again what it will be made of and I know wood is quite dear but steel is too.

  • I think that’s too much. I would ask a quote from different service providers.
    This may be helpful; https://www.rampassist.com.au/ramp-calculator/

    As for how people could afford this when they’re on a pension; I honestly don’t know.
    May dad has become quite poorly and a stair lift became urgent. Luckily they were in the situation that they could afford it themselves, I think many people can’t and sadly miss the boat.

  • That sounds ridiculously overpriced. Get more quotes. Maybe ask in a local facebook group for people willing to quote? Best wishes for things improving financially for you.

  • My mum’s ramp for her house cost her about $800 but that was a few years ago and it would depend on the type of ramp you need and what it would be made out of. Some further information and I may be able to guide you in the right direction a little more.

  • That seems far from a fair price to me! I’d keep looking for the right people to build you what you need. We’ve just had a ramp built at a unit complex for an outdoor ramp over steps and it was around $12 000, for comparison.

  • I’m not sure but this sounds a lot.my parents added a whole room for less than that.

  • It’s really sad to hear how much you have been quoted, I have a nephew with cerebral palsy and its really sad to see how much they charge/ quote because NDIS funding has driven up the price. I’ve come to realise alot of suppliers take advantage of NDIS funding and therefore increase their price which results in those who don’t receive funding out of pocket for ridiculous amounts. May I suggest you look at independent contractors or even carpenters who can build the ramp for you, you will probably be able to get the job completed for a fraction of the price. Depending on the type of ramp you might be able to just get alterations to the existing structure so it becomes a ramp – I know there are rubber like removable ramps for small steps. Alternatively keep pushing for ndis funding!,

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