1. Forget Planting Fruit Trees
If you’ve always dreamed of picking your own oranges, go for it. If you’re doing it simply because you think it’ll make your yard more picturesque—and give your realtor one more thing to add to that Trulia listing—step away from the shovel. When Texas-based lawncare company Lawnstarter analyzed two years’ worth of home data, the brand found that most people didn’t want to deal with the near-constant pruning fruit trees require and the insects they attract.
2. Skip Synthetics
Artificial greenery can be so tempting—as anyone who’s battled crab grass or very persistent weeds can attest—but it can actually be a turnoff to buyers, particularly those with young kids who are looking forward to making good use of that yard. BTW, fake grass could decrease your home’s value by five percent, House Beautiful UK reported.
3. Rethink That Fountain
Again, if you love the soothing look and sound of a babbling brook or a three-tiered fountain, go for it. Just know that when you go to sell your house, potential buyers may see it as yet another thing to maintain, making it more of a chore than a point of pride.