"In a town home, you may want to replace the front door and the trim around the upper windows, but in a larger single-family home, you may need to add or change the front porch for greater impact," he said. "You can replace things like rotting rails or column bases and window trim on an individual basis and paint them to match, which is much less expensive than replacing the entire outside of the house."
"Hollow vinyl shutters are the least expensive option, or you can go with wood or fiberglass," Mr. Magill said. "Operational shutters with hinges are more costly. If you compare wood and fiberglass shutters, fiberglass may seem more expensive at first, but they are pre-painted and require less maintenance. Wood shutters need to be painted and primed."