Not to make light of this project, it was physically demanding and both of us have lost weight and have slept like the dead at night. If you are considering doing something similar there are tutorials all over Youtube. You can buy the flooring materials at any hardware store and we rented the flooring nail gun. We didn't get an estimate on how much it would have cost to have professionals do it, so I don't have that information. But I do know that the cost of this renovation and all the materials to do so (Rip up carpet, put in wood floor, tear down wallpaper and paint) has been less than the closing costs of buying this house. The seller paid the closing costs, so in the end I suppose we came out even. I estimate it at less than $5,000.00.
OK, I need to go touch up the painted areas that messed up when I removed the tape and I want to prime the wood paneling in the basement before our movers come tomorrow to deliver our household goods. I have missed sewing a bit....my little featherweight sits lonely in her box, but there is too much else to do!
Oh, and the cats are very happy in their new home.