Don't waste your money
It's easy to get carried away fixing up a yard to look good for buyers. Woda says not to install anything too personal or unique that lacks universal appeal. For example, she doesn't recommend keeping play equipment in the yard. "If you purchased a $5,000 play structure and now you're moving, take it apart and take it with you," she says. "What are the odds that the next buyer will have children your kids' ages who like to do the same things?"
Don't waste money buying all mature plants. "Spend money where you need it," Woda says. "If you have a few spots driving you crazy where you want privacy, buy one or two big specimen trees. For the rest, put in a 3-gallon flowering shrub."
When trying to make a statement by your front steps, spend the money and get a larger plant. Otherwise, put in smaller plants, and be patient as they grow.
Fencing is another asset to buyers, whether they have kids or just want privacy, says Woda. "I've heard many clients say they'll have the expense of putting in a fence if they buy that house," she says. Pick the right fence, though. Alternate board fencing is popular, but you'll be wasting money if you put in stockade and chain-link fences.