I'm on the verge of signing contracts for my first home in Sutherland Shire, Sydney. This will be a family home for a long time, so not intending to rent it out unless armageddon comes and I lose my job etc. Fortunately the main lounge room and dining are nice polished timber floorboards. Scratched but liveable. Kitchen is lino but in good condition. The staircase, small rumpus room, hallway and three bedrooms all have old, well worn carpet though. I won't have a lot of cash after the deposit is paid but my son is super allergic to dustmites and got symptoms visiting the house with me today to measure things. I'm thinking this should be my priority and everything else can go in the 'nice to have' bucket for a few years down the track when finance isn't so tight. I started looking online at costs for new carpet and floating timber floors but it's hard to get any indications without having someone come out and do a measure and quote, which won't be possible until settlement ~6 weeks away. I'd rather do some research and look at materials beforehand so I can arrange the replacement before we move all the furniture in. Any suggestions on best materials and cost effective methods? How realistic is self installation for someone not handy. I've painted bedrooms and drilled a couple of holes in walls and that's it. In all the houses I looked at I didn't see any laminates that looked realistic, although maybe there were great laminates I just assumed were floorboards when I looked at them. We all prefer the low care requirements for floating floorboards but I've heard carpets are cheaper. Under the carpet is support timber and plywood type stuff over the top. Any rules of thumb for pricing? The total sqm of the three bedrooms and rumpus is about 56.8sqm but not sure about the stairs and the short hallway.