You’ve put your blood, sweat and tears – not to mention your wallet– into rehabbing your investment
property, and now it’s ready for the market. But how do you make your home stand out from the competition?
An inexpensive upgrade that will transform your rehab is plenty of lighting. All rooms look
their best when there are multiple light sources. This creates a warm, welcoming experience, whereas dark rooms have a tendency to turn off buyers. Add recessed lighting where you can, and consider adding a few lamps to your staging, and be sure that every ray of natural light available to you is utilized. Make sure all the windows are clean (no mildew build up or broken seals), the exterior landscaping is trimmed away from the windows, and open those blinds!
One surprisingly small touch that grabs the buyers’ attention is upgraded cabinet pulls and hardware. Tweet This Most people can identify stock cabinetry, and even if it’s attractive and new, the look can still be “cookie cutter” or seem manufactured as opposed to personal. An easy (and cheap) way to change this is to replace the factory hardware with custom pieces that speak to the tone of the home. Does the home have a vintage feel? Consider glass or bronzed cabinet pulls. Super sleek and modern? Find trendy brushed stainless handles.
Another inexpensive upgrade to the kitchen that buyers adore is under-cabinet lighting.  This can be installed wireless using a battery operated set that is controlled with a wall mounted remote. has several types available.
As you walk through the house, check out your switch plates. For as little as $2 each, you can find upgraded plates in an assortment of finishes, to replace the standard white plastic covers. Another often overlooked detail is the house number itself. Depending on the style of your  rehab, consider whether adding iron, wood, stainless steel, or even stained glass house numbers will“pop”, on a street lined with similar-looking homes. Remember, the eye notices breaks in repetition. Get the buyers eye to stop right at your front door.Tweet ThisWhile considering ways to make your renovation stand out from the competition, consider the things in your own home that make your rooms more than four walls. Explore options such as installing bowed shower curtains in the bathroom to add a sense of luxury, paint the front door a bold, eye-catching color, replace simple light fixtures with nice ceiling fans or upgraded light fixtures, and be sure to draw attention to any unique characteristics or historic features by the use of clever lighting, staging, and paint and trim choices.

An upgraded feel to your rehab can be achieved with fairly little investment, and ensure that your property wins the hearts – and purchase offers – of your buyer.


Michael Moreno has been investing in real estate since 2008. He completed a year of real estate training at Investors United School of Real Estate where he was inducted into the President’s Club. He has attended numerous real estate seminars around the country including David Lindahl’s Apartment House Riches Bootcamp and Syndication Bootcamp, and Robyn Thompson’s Ugly House Renovation Bootcamp, among others. He is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Real Estate Investor’s Association, the Baltimore Real Estate Investors Association, and Steve Cook’s Lifeonaire FlipVIPs mastermind group. He has completed 50+ and counting single family renovation projects in and around Baltimore, and currently holds and manages rental houses in Northern Virginia and Baltimore City.