Staging is what can help you stand out from other Realtors. There still are many Realtors that don't use staging services. What I don't understand about this choice is that advertising the home in many different ways is how the home is sold. Networking, word of mouth, print advertising, Internet, virtual tours- there are so many ways to invest in advertising when you are trying to sell the home so why not include real estate staging.
Staging can be one of the BEST investments before you start any marketing efforts. Without having the home in showcase form the rest can become very costly. The longer the property stays on the market the more you will have to invest in your advertising efforts. I know that in my area just a few print ads can be more than staging costs. Not to mention that after 30-6-90 days the only option you can offer the seller to get the home sold is to lower the selling price which effects your payday as well.
Bottom-line, staging provides a transformation of any home that takes it to the next level. Start with staging and let me know if you save money on your advertising efforts. Staging, if it done right can help your home to sell faster and often for money...so stage it and get the sold sign posted!