You have received some excellent advice regarding staging. It really is worthwhile to do the upfront work to make your home show as well as possible.
As I've said elsewhere on this Forum, "Buyers buy with their eyes." Since most home Buyers today start their search on the Internet, staging your home will enhance the photos that the potential Buyers for your home will ultimately see.
Of course, keeping your home in "staged condition", or close to it, for all showings is important as well. (And, yes, I know it's a lot of work, but having a home that shows beautifully will really make your home stand out from the rest.)
Three of the most basic, and important, steps in staging your home are things you can do yourself: 1) Cleaning, 2) Deodorizing, and 3) Decluttering. Everything else is like icing on the cake--Nice, but not as critical.
Kevin, you may also want to read my blog article, referenced below, on "Ten Inexpensive Things Home Stagers Do To Get a Home Sold." Good luck with your home sale.
Maggie Hawk, REALTOR
Watson Realty Corp.