I showed a $700,000+ vacant house today that had been winterized. That means the gas is shut off and the pipes drained so that nothing freezes. There was a stack of old newspapers on the doorstep and the exterior staircase was slick with leaves. There is not a lot of desire to linger and check things out when it is colder inside than out.
I showed another that was a little less expensive, was staged professionally and the heat was on in the 60s (though it did sound like the furnace was about to die). We spent more time looking at a smaller house.
There are so many stages of showing a vacant home. These examples seem to be at either extreme. We’ve never personally hired a stager (it is usually a seller paid expense) so I am not sure of the costs. Maybe we have a reader that can help?