Does it really make a difference if your place is staged or not? What is worse vacant or dirty and messy? I have the perfect example for this. I had two listings in the same building right next to each other. Same size, same view, same floor. One was nicely decorated and the other was dirty and messy. Both tenant occupied. The messy one was $660,000 and sold last, staying 3 months on the market, it only sold when the tenant finally moved out and was vacant. The second one was priced at $675,000 and sold in 2 weeks at asking.
Below are the pictures. It does make a difference.
SOLD FOR $660,000 more than 3 months.
SOLD FOR $675,000 in 2 weeks.