Ideally your home will look better and be priced more competitively than the other homes buyers are seeing.
Competition drives price. Multiple offers drives price.
To get to competition, you want to look better than other homes at your price point.
The best indicator of value (my opinion) would be pending sales in your neighborhood, same schools, same zip code, same general range of lot size, same # of beds and baths, same general condition. If you can find this out, you are sitting in a place of power for setting the price. You want to go slightly UNDER pending sales prices, or recently sold prices, in your neighborhood, for your list price.
As far as furnished, or how well-furnished, this would depend again on what buyers are seeing when they are looking in your area. San Jose has so many zip codes, each with their own personality, or even multiple personalities! If people just saw 7 or 8 foreclosed homes, all empty, then your home should be gently furnished, lightly, with vases, no art on the walls, a few pieces that will feel like someone cares but won't be too "dressy" as your competition will be totally empty.
If you are in an area like Almaden with lovely staged homes next to yours, then you want to have a stager come in and do everything right.
If you are in an area with an abundance of short sales, you can actually do well with an empty home, because people are seeing a lot of clutter, and your home will feel like a breath of fresh air.
You want to personally go to the open houses near your home, and then watch what sells within a week.
Finally, be sure your agent gets a lot of excellent photos. Do freshen up the front. In today's internet everything, getting a buyer out to look at your house is a big thing. So lots and lots and lots of photos -- 20 or 30 photos -- get photos at sunset or sunrise, any extra special photos you can, and make this a focus area for your marketing. You can sell a home a lot more quickly when people can see what they would buy. Then, when they visit, it's just is everything what it seemed to be -- and you'll be sold in no time.