It's difficult to predict how long it will take a home to sell in today's market. Ideally, it sells and closes by the time you need to make a move. If not, there are several options.
Homes that show well draw more attention from serious buyers, particularly if they are in areas that are bloated with inventory. Before you make a decision about moving completely out of your home, visit Sunday open houses in your neighborhood and size up the competition. Are other competitive listings staged for sale? How does your home look in comparison? How will it look if you remove your furnishings and leave it vacant?