Some may call it a ‘porta john,’ but it was actually a George who invented porta potties. George Harding received the world’s first patent for a portable toilet in the 1960s.

In the more than 60 years since, porta potties have become a staple of outdoor events, construction sites, and sports games. You may even be considering a porta potty for your upcoming event or business activity.

How do you choose the best local porta potty rental when there are so many options out there? We are here to help you do just that with these seven tips, so keep reading!

1. Research Local Portal Potty Companies Thoroughly

The first step is finding out what kind of porta potty services your area has to offer. And we want to stress that you should be searching locally. That will keep transportation costs down and allow you to get the most out of your rental(s).

Ask around to see if friends or family have any recommendations. A quick Google search can also turn up porta potty companies in your area. Use the search term ‘porta potty rentals near me’ or ‘porta potty rentals in [your city], AR.’

Once you have a list of contenders, it is time to narrow down your options. You can read customer reviews on Yelp or Google to learn more about things like customer service, quality of product, and overall experience.

2. Avoid Porta Potty Brokers

During your search, you may come across companies posing as porta potty rental companies but are actually brokers. These companies do not own the units they market. Instead, they generate leads and pass them on.

However, if you decide to sign an agreement with a broker, you have to go through them for service. You will not have the same control or receive high-quality customer service from a broker as you would a porta potty company.

Additionally, many brokers charge a fee for their services. You could end up paying more for units through a porta potty broker than if you had gone directly through a premier company like Arkansas Portable Toilets.

3. Know What Kind of Porta Potty You Need

If you think there is only one kind of porta potty rental out there, think again. Modern portable toilets come in a variety of sizes and price ranges.

There are disability and wheelchair-friendly options, porta potties with built-in handwashing stations, and even luxury options like the NuConcept porta potty, which features a flushable toilet, vanity, interior lighting, and more.

Of course, there are also basic porta potty options. They offer a clean and pared-down facility at a highly affordable cost, making them ideal for construction sites.

4. Don’t Go With the Cheapest Option

If you are on a budget, you may be tempted to go with the company offering the cheapest units. But when it comes to porta potty rentals, you get what you pay for.

Cheap units may arrive at your event broken or, worse, dirty. Show your guests (and yourself!) a little love with clean, like-new porta potties from a reputable company like Arkansas Portable Toilets.

We put our units through a rigorous quality assurance process before they arrive. That way, you and your guests will not have to worry about unwelcome surprises and enjoy the festivities.

5. Find Out If Delivery and Pick-Up Are Included

Some rental companies will trick you into thinking you are getting a great deal, only for you to realize that you have to pick up and drop off the units. By the time you find out, it may be too late to go back on the rental agreement.

The money you save on the rental units will go toward renting a vehicle large enough to transport them. If you have a big order, you will end up paying more than you would have if you went with a full-service offering.

Instead, it is always better to go with a company that provides complementary delivery and pick-up services. You may pay a little more, but the extra cost is more than worth it, especially considering the alternatives.

6. Verify Availability

Something you may not realize when you start your porta potty rental search is that availability is a big concern. You do not want to choose a company only to find out that their inventory will be low on the days you need units.

To avoid this issue, decide beforehand how many toilets you will need and how long you need them for. Some companies may also place limits on porta potty rental terms.

When you know this information up front, you can include it in your request for a quote. That way, you know if the company can accommodate your needs, as well as exactly how much you will pay.

7. Request a Quote

Have you narrowed your options down to a few local porta potty rental companies? It is time to choose a winner. The best way to do that is to request a quote from each provider.

We recommend avoiding companies that ask you to pay for a quote. Instead, prioritize service providers offering free, no-obligation quotes. ‘No obligation’ means you do not have to pay a fee if you decide not to book a service.

Finally, ensure you ask what is included in the quote. Some companies will only quote the price per unit or for all the units you need. They may leave off the cost of transportation and add-ons like emptying services.

Call Arkansas Portable Toilets for a Local Porta Potty Rental

Choosing the right porta potty rental company is easy when you use this guide. Avoid brokers and prices that look too good to be true. Then, read customer reviews, verify availability, and find out what’s included in the rental agreement to find the provider that is the best fit for your needs.

Are you looking for a local porta potty rental company that ticks all your boxes? Arkansas Portable Toilets offers a variety of units for events, work sites, and more. Browse our available options and get a free quote today!