Hire an agent.
In today's market, going at it alone is just so tough.
Probably 95% or more of the homes are seen with agents.
There's just a lot of reasons for this..... to name 10...
MLS, Realtor.com, Trulia, Backpage, Craigslist, Single Property Websites, blogs, activerain, SEO, lead capture.... sure you can post on craigslist, but how do you post so people will look at the ad? How do you capture their details, so you can contact them? What ads work and which don't.
For example do a google search on an address in your neighborhood.
Probably the first 3-4 pages of google will have realtor websites. Virtually no FSBO sites come up.
So how are people going to find your house.
Buyers and realtors are typically pressed for time, so having a realtor involved speeds things up greatly for all of us in lots of different ways. It's not that I don't want to show or work with a FSBO, it's just not time or cost effective for me.
You know what a buyer in the car always says about a FSBO? Wow there's a bargain. I bet I could save X if I bought that house. Can we see it? That's why homes listed by realtors sell for more money on average. Who's saving the commission, you or the buyer? I know what the buyer thinks.
Then there are the logistics....access to the house, access while the seller is not there, knowledge of the contracts, availability of resources when things go wrong, etc.
My advice.... be very cautious about going at it alone. Do you know if the contract dates are calendar or business dates? What do you know about mineral rights? Do you know which lenders close on time and which don't? Do you know which title companies close on time and which don't? What kind of disclosures do you need to provide the buyer and when? Do you know the red flags of what information goes on your marketing materials that could cause you legal trouble even after the sale? Who should pay for a new survey? Is there a way to use the old one? What obligations do you have with the contract? Does your home qualify for FHA, VA, or USDA financing? If you sign a contract where the seller indicates they are using VA financing, but your home doesn't qualify is the contract even valid? Do you have an attorney you can get real estate advice from for free? How can you help ensure your home will meet appraisal? What happens if it doesnt? There are just some of the hundreds of questions that come up during the sale. Are you ready?