This list mentions six ways to "upgrade to lower costs", meaning if you want to make home improvements, but still want to spend less than the normal cost - these solutions may be right for you. CNN Money claims that these six imitations will look realistic enough to boost your home's appearance, calling them "a new breed of manufactured products" now available at specialty shops and home centers. The list of upgrades includes fiber-cement sliding, cellular PVC trim, quartz countertops, solid vinyl fencing, fiberglass entry doors, and clad windows. The article also mentions the benefits of repainting the right way (yes, there are less sufficient ways to do it).
Check out the article for info on these money-saving upgrade alternatives: