How to Build a House in another State in 2022

Building a house from out of state

Building a house in New Jersey is an excellent way to personalize the details of your new custom home based on your lifestyle and preferences. From layout, flooring, and cabinets to sinks, paint, lighting, colors, and doorknobs, you can customize everything when you decide you want to build a beautiful house for you and your family to live in. 

Because building a new home requires meeting current building codes, you won’t worry about heavy maintenance and significant repairs for many years. The question is: How can I build a house if I don’t currently live in New Jersey, how do you go about building a house when you live in another state in 2022? This will be a very different experience from buying a house from another state.

Networking Out-of-State

Building a house in another state is more complex, daunting, and time-consuming than it would be if you were looking for land, a builder and an agreement to build a house in the same state you currently live in. For example, if you live in Los Angeles and want to build a house in New Jersey, it may seem almost impossible to oversee the process thousands of miles away. 

Therefore, it is a good idea to network out of state and communicate with someone you can trust to supervise the entire process. While the project’s scale may seem massive, there are a lot of builders and contractors who are dedicated to getting the job done well. 

Depending on the construction complexity, you will have to connect with a number of companies and individuals. A project manager or general contractor can simplify this process by being your point of contact and then communicating your needs to the subcontractors that work on the project. Even so, multiple companies may be involved. For instance, you need to find a reliable and experienced architect for designing a custom home. 

After finalizing the design, the architect must stay on board and coordinate with the project manager during construction. The purpose is to ensure that your house is built according to the specifications. 

Likewise, you will have to find a qualified land surveyor to determine the site’s boundaries and contours. Although land surveyor fees will add to the overall costs, hiring one may prevent the construction project from going over budget. 

If at all possible, try to visit the place and oversee the project yourself. Otherwise, ask a family member, friend, or any other trusted person to supervise and be available as a local contact throughout the project. 

In addition, hiring a responsible and experienced custom home builder to oversee the construction process is essential. Depending on the scope of their services, you may not need to hire an additional surveyor or project manager as the builder can fulfill these roles by organizing trades and ensuring accurate cost estimates. 

Whether you go in person or monitor everything online, you need a solid network of vendors because building a house requires hiring reputable companies and individuals. These include site work contractors, masons, framers, plumbers, electricians, carpenters, flooring companies, roofers, waterproofing companies, tile companies, landscapers, painters, etc. 

Know the State Laws 

Before starting the house construction project in New Jersey from another state, knowing the state law is essential. Make sure your expectations stay grounded in reality to achieve the best possible outcomes. So, familiarize yourself with the house construction laws of the state to avoid complications and streamline the entire process. You don’t want to experience any unpleasant surprises or problems that no amount of money, time or expertise will be able to fix because the solution you want isn’t actually legal.  

Lot Approval

Owning land in another state does not mean you can build anything you want. Construction laws change over time, indicating that an existing structure’s presence on a lot does not necessarily mean it is legal. 

The good news is that property records are available online and to everyone. So, visit the city/state in person or browse the internet to get the parcel map. Find your accessor’s parcel number, and ensure the state approves the parcel before you start building your house. 

You can use Google or any other search engine to determine where to find records in another state. The county courthouse usually holds the records. You can also contact the city hall, recorder’s office, or county department for lot approval. 


Understanding zoning laws will streamline the process and help you step forward to building a house in another state. These laws cover how to use the land and the type of house you can build on the land. You can determine if land is regulated by the division of Land Use Regulation in New Jersey by visiting the GEOWEB link.

Remember, information on zoning laws is available to everyone in all U.S states. Make sure you visit the local zoning office or city hall in the area where you want to build a house. Discuss your requirements and ensure everything is according to the regulations. 

Building Codes and Permits 

While zoning laws give you information on land usage, building codes are about the house’s physical structure and its details. In the U.S, these codes are a standard under the International Building Code. 

In addition, you will need a building permit if you are building a house. Hire a professional service if you don’t know how to submit your plans for approval to the state’s code office. 

A professional can help you submit a comprehensive plan based on the structure drawings, measurements, floor plans, type of materials required for interior and exterior construction, and an elevation view. 

Detailed Walkthrough 

Not overseeing the construction project can lead to complications. Keep in mind that management and control are necessary aspects of any project, including house construction. Therefore, be there in person or stay in contact via video conferencing tools so that your builder give you details from time to time. A builder takes crucial steps during the construction of your home. These critical stages are: 

  • Preparing the construction site
  • Pouring the foundation 
  • Completing rough framing 
  • Completing rough plumbing 
  • Installing HVAC system 
  • Installing insulation 
  • Completing drywall and interior fixtures 
  • Starting and completing exterior finishes 
  • Finishing interior trimming 
  • Installing exterior driveways and walkways 
  • Installing hard surface flooring 
  • Completing grading 
  • Finishing mechanical trims and bathroom fixtures 
  • Finishing flooring and exterior landscaping 

Moreover, the builder will walk you through your house to ensure you are fully acquainted with the features and functions of different systems/components. Remember, this is usually called a pre-settlement walkthrough.

The purpose is to spot items that require correction or adjustment. So, make sure you stay attentive and observant or ask your family member or friend to monitor everything, from countertops, floors, fixtures to walls and paint jobs for potential damages. 

Disputes usually arise when building a house in another state, especially when you are not present there in person. However, you can resolve conflicts by staying in touch with everyone involved in the construction and finishing projects. 

Final Thoughts About Building a New Home In Another State

Building a house in another state is a task that can take a massive toll on your finances if you fail to follow the tips given above. Therefore, perform thorough research, collect data, analyze information, generate insights, network, and understand laws to streamline processes.

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  • Michelle Garofalo

    Michelle Garofalo is the guiding force behind MSC Enterprises, LLC, a prominent custom home builder and real estate developer in Monmouth County and Ocean County, New Jersey. With over 25 years in real estate development, her expertise extends from a successful career in the solar industry, where she managed over 75MW of projects. Co-founding Infiniti Energy, Michelle now oversees day-to-day operations and leads business development, ensuring a seamless journey for clients. Her meticulous approach and commitment to excellence are reflected in MSC's residential and commercial properties, known for their quality, durability, and energy efficiency.

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