The trip went great…with all the preparations we did beforehand (ordering furniture, buying accessories, etc), the whole job probably could have gotten done in a day and a half; but with the baby ending up being a bit more work than we expected, the whole thing took three long days. Still not bad, and the results were fantastic.
The deal was that my wife would have a $6000 budget to purchase all furniture and accessories for the unit, and that everything would remain with the unit indefinitely. Additionally, she would be paid a flat-fee of $3250 for her efforts (which also covered our travel expenses). Ultimately, the project came in about $400 under budget, so for under $9000, the apartment complex has a completely furnished model unit to show to prospective renters.
Here are some pictures of the unit after staging: