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  • Writer's pictureCristina Cuevas

Toilet facilities and Portaloo Advice

Updated: Sep 8, 2023

When it comes to home renovations or construction projects, homeowners tend to focus on the big-ticket items such as design, materials, and deadlines. However, there is one crucial aspect that is often overlooked - the provision of toilet facilities for hardworking contractors. In this blog post, we'll explore why this is a vital consideration, the associated regulations, and the benefits it can bring to both homeowners and contractors.

The Legal Obligations:

To ensure a smooth and hassle-free home renovation or construction project, it is essential for homeowners to provide water and toilet facilities for their workers. In fact, regulations require homeowners to comply with these provisions during the entire duration of the project. Failure to do so may result in homeowners having to bear the additional cost of renting a portaloo, which must be situated on their property.

Homeowners may hesitate to provide a portaloo due to the expenses involved, usually around £860 for the entire duration of a loft build. However, renting a portaloo can offer convenience, especially when there is only one bathroom in the house. During the pandemic, there was a significant increase in clients requesting portaloos as it helped reduce contact between workers and the household. However, in a post-pandemic world where isolation is not as crucial, it is important to discuss and communicate your decision regarding the use of your toilet by builders with contractors well in advance. By doing so, contractors can make the necessary arrangements and avoid any unnecessary costs or delays.

Considerations and Preparations:

One of the primary reasons for early confirmation is determining the portaloo's placement. According to regulations, it should be situated off the road and within the homeowner's front garden. Thus, if space is limited, it is vital to arrange for the delivery of the portaloo before scaffolds are erected. This allows the scaffolds to be built around the portaloo, maximising the available space and avoiding potential obstructions or inconveniences.

Creating a Harmonious Working Environment:

By considering these factors and taking the time to communicate effectively with contractors, homeowners can ensure the provision of toilet facilities in a timely and efficient manner. Complying with regulations not only avoids potential costs and delays, but also fosters a harmonious working environment for all parties involved. Good communication and preparation can greatly contribute to the success of the project.

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