Do plenty of research. Knowing what you are in for and being prepared are crucial if you are to make a success of selling your own home. If you are trying to save money, make sure you know the areas where you can skimp on and those that you cannot. An example of an area where you should not skimp is with the pre-listing home inspection. Why? Because it is important for you to know the condition of your home before putting it on the market. This will allow you to fix any repairs the home needs ahead of time before a potential buyer finds out, with their buyers’ inspection. You do not want to go through the entire process only to encounter an issue that will affect your home's value. Plus, a home that has had a recent inspection will be more attractive to buyers. Another thing you will need to become familiar with is all the legal requirements such as contracts, etc. you will need for the sale.
Be realistic in your expectations. Perhaps you have in mind a set amount of money you expect your home to sell for, and you may feel it is a reasonable price. However, one of the advantages of hiring a realtor is that they are up to date with current market trends. They know how much homes sell for depending on their location so this is something you will need to find out for yourself. You do not want to waste a lot of time and energy waiting for an amount that is unrealistic.