So, you’ve finally decided it’s time to ditch your tiny apartment (and your satanic Super) and make the move to the suburbs. Mazols! You’re one step closer to being a ‘real adult.’ But before you start browsing Zillow porn and making offers, there are a few first-time homebuying tricks you’ll want to keep in the back of your mind. Maybe you’ve already heard about the tennis ball test, which can save you thousands of dollars in foundation renovations. Or, maybe you know that a listing with ‘fixer upper’ in the description translates to: “this house is gonna need some work.” But there’s one source that you probably haven’t thought of when it comes to real estate advice: TikTok.
As it turns out, the app is a hidden gem for all things home, where the #FirstTimeHome hashtag has over 4.6 million views alone. The videos range from real estate brokers with expert tips for new homeowners to regular people who are sharing their biggest homebuying regrets (and, in turn, saving you thousands of dollars as you learn from their mistakes). So below, find five things to look out for before you close on that dream home—from re-prioritizing your ‘must have’ home features to checking cracks and air quality issues that could lead to unforeseen renovations down the line.