Cost of constructing a bedsitter in Kenya


The cost of constructing a bedsitter in Kenya range between Ksh 400,000 and Ksh 800,000 depending on size of the house and quality of materials used. It also depends on location and the type of fundi you have.

A standard bedsitter which has a toilet, kitchen, space for sitting room and bed will take 2 weeks to construct.

Below is the breakdown of the costs:

Foundation and slab—Ksh 150,000

Walling—Ksh 50,000

Construction materials—Ksh 150,000

Roofing—Ksh 100,000

Fundi—Ksh 50,000

Finishing—Ksh 100,000

Total cost Ksh 600,000

The total cost of constructing a bedsitter in Kenya is Ksh 600,000 when high quality materials are used. The iron sheets should be sourced from MRM and cement from Bamburi or any other company with high quality cement. When the materials are of high quality, the house will last long and clients will not be moving out all the time.

The rent for a bedsitter in Nairobi and other major towns is Ksh 7,000 to Ksh 10,000. Assuming the average rent is Ksh 7,000 monthly, you will collect Ksh 84,000 per year. Subtracting expenses, the total income per year is Ksh 70,000.It will take about 8 years to recover the money spent on the construction of the house.

Cost of bedsitter in 50 by 100 plot

Spacious bedsitters in 50 by 100 plot will be 8.If one bedsitter costs Ksh 600,000,8 bedsitters will cost Ksh 4.8 million or less. If you use low cost materials, the cost will be reduced significantly to Ksh 300,000 to Ksh 400,000 per bedsitter. To construct 8 bedsitters, you will spend Ksh 2.5 million to Ksh 3 million.

When constructing a house, make sure that you do close supervision. Some fundis will exaggerate the cost of construction materials. If possible, buy the materials by yourself. Don’t even rely on a relative. In fact, it’s better to give the job to a construction company. They might be expensive but they will finish the work in time and offer quality services.


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