If you need good solid advice, that is step one on why you should hire a realtor.
For Sale By Owners, typically sell for much less than homes listed by a realtor.
It also helps you to limit your liability and gives you access to so much knowledge and resources that you as a non-realtor just don't have that can make or break the deal or make it a winner vs a loser for you.
Just a couple of easy questions that almost all realtors know, but sellers aren't always familiar with are:
Which type of financing nets you more money---FHA, VA, Conventional or a Cash buyer or does it make a difference? If the buyer wants to use FHA financing, will your home qualifiy? If you've signed the contract for the buyer to use FHA financing and your home doesn't qualify how do you cancel the contract? Which lenders in your area are known for closing on time and which never close on time? How can you tell if the lender is working on the financing? These are just a few of hundreds of questions a Realtor likely knows the answer to or has lots of resources to call upon at a moments notice to clarify, but you as a typical seller don't. Each business has it's own resources, knowledge and details. You probably are an expert at your industry and know lots of things we don't....but the same is true for our business. Could you wire your own home? Could you build a brick your own home? Could you roof your own home? Yes you probably could, but is Home Depot the cheapest place to get shingles or brick? What's the standard overlap, what's the difference between a 20-30-40 year shingle? Get the picture?