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Unfamiliar Rules to Follow Before You Drill a Borehole in Kenya


Did you know that cannot drill a borehole without meeting certain conditions and having relevant approvals?

Here are  some of the unfamiliar rules one should put into consideration before drilling a borehole:

hydro-geological survey.

Before drilling a borehole, you need to conduct a hydro-geological survey.

The survey is key in establishing the drilling point, rock structure, and amount of water present beneath. The type of rock structure will determine how much you will spend while the amount of water beneath gives an estimation of feet to be drilled.

Permits and reports

If satisfied with the report, you are required to apply for the required permits and reports.

Four permits are needed before you can drill a borehole even if it is on private property;

1. Water Resource Authority (WRA) permit

if you are satisfied you have water on your property, you must apply for a drilling permit from WRA.

2. Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)

An EIA report is an examination of the effects of a project on the environment. The purpose of an EIA is to identify both negative and positive impacts of any project on people and the environment.

3. NEMA (National Environment Management Authority of Kenya) Permit

The EIA  report must be approved by the NEMA authorities in order to issue the permit. If the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) is satisfied that the proposed drilling will not have undesirable impact on the immediate environment, the organization then issues a license.

The drilling may then commence although in some cases one may require a no-objection letter from the local water services provider and local county permit.

4. Letter of no objection 

With devolution in place, before commencing your project you will also need a letter of no objection from local water service providers and a county permit.

The Bottom line 

The above permits are mandatory for every Kenyan who wants to drill a borehole. They are necessary for regulation since water is a precious commodity. Further, based on surveys and reports, some areas could be unfit for a borehole.

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What’s an offer letter when buying property


An offer letter is the first document you’ll sign as a client intending to buy a property after you have viewed the property and chosen a house number. It contains the terms of the purchase, the purchase price, and the deposit or the down payment.

Details of an offer letter 

  • The Legal names of the buyer
  • The address of the buyer
  • The details of the property the house number and the specific project
  • The dates when you’ll make the first payment to the last one
  • Conditions of the sale

Why an Offer letter is important

An offer letter is important for the following reasons;

  • Firstly, It shows the buyer  your interest  to buy a property
  • Secondly, It eliminates the possibility of two buyers getting the same property. But this is only valid for 14 days
  • Thirdly, It not only shows the date you’ll pay the deposit, but it also specifies the completion date of the sale
  • To add on that, It outlines the terms in case of a cancellation and if there are nay charges involved in case of a withdrawal.
  • It also highlights if there are any extra costs related to the puchase.Read on extra you may incur when buying a house.
  • Lastly, It gives room for a search of the title. The seller gives the client their lawyer a copy of the title to determine legitimacy of the property.

The bottom line

As a buyer, you must know that the offer letter is not a legally binding document. After you pay the full deposit. The offer letter is confirmed.. However, The client is in most cases given up to 14 days to sign and return it to the seller.

For any questions kindly contact us on 0711082929  or email us at info@mintvillas.co.ke














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Why Nairobians Are Relocating to Machakos County.

Nairobians have been relocating to Machakos as most of them escape from the bustle and hustle that is Kenya’s capital. Many may be relocating in Search of a quiet and serene environment while others may be taking a break from the harsh economic loads of life.

The following are the reasons why most people are moving;

Real estate growth

Many real estates have sprung up, especially along kangundo road. This is due to the availability of affordable housing projects. Take Malaa for example where there are over 7 real estate projects. Among them is Twin falls City by Mintvilla Housing which touches Kangundo road. It is a development comprising bungalows and maisonettes.

A report by Kenya Bankers Association (KBA) states that average prices for real estate properties were the lowest in several towns including Malaa and Joska.


There are small towns that are growing rapidly in Machakos County. These include Kamulu, Joska, and Malaa. These towns have all amenities; schools, hospitals, churches, mosques, and recreational facilities in plenty. Check our article on amenities along kangundo road.

The county also has the Universal Health (UHC) program which ensures that health care is available to all Kenyans. You will enjoy a lifestyle that is similar to Nairobi at a lower cost.

Accessibility from CBD

The bus fare from CBD to Machakos costs an average of 100 to 250 ksh by bus.

Due to the construction of the expressway, one can spend less time commuting from Machakos to Nairobi CBD.

The ongoing construction of Kangundo road as a dual carriage road is also another factor that has wooed people. The road is anticipated to extend to Kangundo Town in Machakos County from Caltex Umoja, off the outer ring-ring road.


Nairobi has grown to be the largest city in East Africa. Its population is almost 3 million. This has led to overcrowding, traffic jam, and increased pollution.

This has made most Kenyans flee the inner city to Machakos county where the environment is quieter and more peaceful. Where you can escape the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy family time. A place where you can explore hobbies and talents.  You can also practice small-scale farming here.


The Bottom-line

Are you thinking of relocating to Machakos county? The best time is now. Think about all the serenity that your family will enjoy. Amenities are less costly. Housing is affordable. Allow us to make this a reality for you by contacting us at 0711082929/0708888222 or emailing us at homes@mintvillas.co.ke









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What is Affordable Housing?


The definition of affordable changes from country to country or from one individual or household to another. It’s all about your perspective. In this article, we will explore 4 interesting ways you can look at affordability in real estate.

The first and most obvious way is your capacity as the client to not only secure a unit but also finish the payment in due time. What have you budgeted for?

Assuming you had a budget of 7 million for a simple three-bedroom bungalow and you found a 3-bedroom going for 6.5 million. You would call that house affordable right? For the remaining 500k, you can pay closing costs because it’s not included in the purchase price.

Let’s say maybe you just got away with a deal of four million. And your dream is to own the same 3-bedroom bungalow (going for 6.2M). You can pay that first then the rest you can bargain with the developers to give a longer payment period.

Are you a mortgage client? Your affordability will be determined by financiers who examine your credit scores and other factors such as your bank statement. Then if you can afford the down payment which is usually 20% of the purchase price and hope that your job is secure or your business booms till you finish paying that loan, you’re good to go.

Affordability can be looked at using the market-based approach vs the selling price. Take Twin falls city for example a prime investment of ultramodern flat roof bungalows touching along kangundo road going for 6.5M only. This compared to the market price of 7.25 M (according to Kenya Property Centre) is Ksh 750,000 less which one can use to pay closing costs and for moving.

The last perspective of affordability is the amenity-based approach. A house located nearest to amenities such as roads, schools, hospitals, and recreational areas will automatically be more expensive than one in the interior with marram roads and dispensaries and grocery shops located a mile away. However, this is not the case when it comes to Twin falls city. All amenities, schools, police stations roads, name it, are located meters away from that gated community.

The Bottom Line

Whether a property is inexpensive or not  depends on the way you look at it. What is most important to you is the design of the house or the distance from amenities and the workplace? Let us know in the comment box below or contact Mintvilla Housing on 0711082929 or 0708888222.




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