For many individuals, owning a home is a lifelong ambition. Perhaps you want to have a family or just want to relocate to a more secure living environment – the list of variables that influence this choice is nearly endless. Being your own landlord, going home to a property you know you own, and having the freedom to remodel and make changes as you see fit are just a few of the benefits of owning a home. Even better, you are no longer obligated to pay rent on a monthly basis, allowing you to better organize your resources.
Whether you are building from scratch or buying a ready-made house, you need to be aware of the total amount of expenses throughout the entire process. It is essential to remember, however, that costs vary by location and are dependent on the house’s design and the cost of the building materials used.
The average cost of building a house in Kenya
The average cost of building a house varies from town to town. It also depends on:
i) The typography of land
ii) The size of the house you seek to build
iii) Material choice
iv) The design of the house
When budgeting for your new home, consider the following to come up with an inexpensive budget for the project:
i) What kind of house do you want and what size do you want it to be? Remember that the more square footage you have, the more it will cost you.
ii) What attributes do you want on the outside and inside? Reducing the size and quantity of windows, for example, can help you save money on construction, but vaulted ceilings and steep roof pitches can spike your expenses.
iii) What types of finishes are you looking for? The average cost of construction in Kenya is about Sh35,000 per square metre for a modest dwelling in major towns, while a high-end home can cost up to Sh60,000 per square metre.
iv) What it will cost per square footage.
I know most of you are asking yourselves, “But how do I cut down my costs when building?” This is how you can build cheaply in Kenya;
- Acquire your desired piece of land.
- Do a simple design. You can select between a Bungalow and a Maisonette, depending on the size of your land. Simple floor layouts are simple and inexpensive to build. Also, stay away from complicated roof slopes.
- The size of your house. The cost of constructing a home varies depending on its size. To create a low-cost home, choose a design with less square footage that is simple to construct and maintain.
- Choose professionals to do the job.