It takes curb appeal to attract a buyer; it will be the appeal and condition of the interior that will decide for the buyer. Staging sets the scene for buyer interest.
A house should sparkle from top to bottom and be set to entice buyers while still making the house livable. Broken fixtures should be repaired. Flaws will be remembered over the positives. Staging will help you be competitive.
Furnished homes show better than vacant homes, but a cluttered home that feels cramped will have an adverse affect on buyers. Clutter detracts from the living area and hide the allure of the home and placing worn or less attractive furniture in storage is helpful. You want to aim for simple and clean.