I’m Jasmine Roth, founder of Built Custom Homes, curator of my online retail store The Shop by Jasmine Roth, and host of HGTV’s hit shows Hidden Potential and HELP! I Wrecked My House. I was also on HGTV’s Season 1 of Rock the Block, but I won’t spoil the winner for you 😉 Building custom homes is my bread and butter and I love finding ways to make homes as personal, functional and beautiful as possible. Whether I’m exploring my TV projects, or sharing secret pro tips for everything from design to entertaining and cooking, I’m here to help you build Your Happy Home. Let’s build something together!



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My 5 Non-Negotiables for Buying Property Out-of-State


We spent most of winter at our Tiny Mountain Home in Utah, and we were so grateful to have another place to escape to!  A lot of people reached out on social and asked me a bunch of questions about having a home out-of-state… but the first step, of course, is actually buying that home!  If you’re like, “whoa, buying a home in another state freaks me OUT,” I hear you.  So I put my thoughts together for you guys in case they’re helpful to you!  I made a handy list of my 5 non-negotiables for buying property out-of-state.

My 5 Non-Negotiables for Buying Property Out-of-State, The Blog by Jasmine Roth

My 5 Non-Negotiables for Buying Property Out-of-State

1. Have a great real estate agent that knows the area and is local.

2. Purchase a renters insurance or homeowners insurance policy with a local insurance broker.

3. Chat with the HOA president in your potentially new neighborhood before buying any property and ask to see the most recent budget. The last thing you need is a huge assessment you weren’t expecting.

4. Don’t buy “sight unseen” if possible.  It’s fine to make the offer and get it accepted, but plan to visit in person before removing contingencies.

5. Buy window treatments that block sun damage.  You’d be surprised the damage your furniture and floors will undergo when you’re gone if you ignore this advice.  (And yes, I’m unfortunately speaking from experience!)

My 5 Non-Negotiables for Buying Property Out-of-State, The Blog by Jasmine Roth

Do you guys have your own tips for buying a home out-of-state?  Lay ’em on me!


  1. Kim

    Where is the best place to buy window treatments?

  2. Kris

    We just bought in February our final home in Florida. We have made two trips back while we get our Orange County CA home ready to sell. Can’t wait to be there permanently by end of May. We bought a turnkey home which is making transition easier so I can redecorate slowly. Purchased new living room furniture this last trip. It took us five years to finally buy and we must have looked at hundreds online and finding neighborhood we wanted. But back there for New Years we found this home on NY Eve and quickly made an offer that was accepted. Bye bye California!

  3. Lorraine

    We purchased a cabin on a river in Montana a couple of years ago. The seller didn’t want to pay real estate commission so we hired a Real Estate Attorney. The fee was only $1000 and it was a positive experience. He even helped out the seller with concerns she had (she lived out of state as well). We felt like we were very well represented and the seller was satisfied also.

  4. Alice

    I would add to make as many trips as possible to the location first just to be sure it is the area you Really want to be in. location, location, location. Don’t compromise on this.

    Take pictures of all of your belongings, inside cabinets, garage, everything. In case you decide to rent it while you’re away.

    Sign up for local area websites so you are in the know about what is going on in your area.


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