Yes. Staging is critical.
I have items I keep specifically for this purpose. Nothing fancy. But some staging allows for scale. The concept of staging draws from the need of buyers to place themselves in a home. If the owner is already out, the buyer still needs to see a few items that will let them picture their dining room table in your space.
When you go to place your home on the market, you should give attention to these steps:
1) Staging. You can stage your home yourself. You know the concept of reduction. Follow the rule of threes: Three items on a countertop. Three shelves with books, three empty and so on. Remove all personal photos. Rent a storage unit, if you have to, but your home needs to look immaculate.
2) Clean. And clean some more.
3) Do repairs. Everything right down to oiling the hinges on doors should be taken care of. Any torn screens should be replaced. Replace the furnace filter.
These are the basics. There is more that can be done. For instance, the yard should be as immaculate as the kitchen and baths. That means the lawn mowed and paint touched up or painted over.
If you invest in anything it should be paint. Paint for the interior and exterior adds value and is, of course, a key feature of your home.