which i am trying to make look more professional looking, and was wondering what people would consider changing/adding/removing to make this happen. i do want to make the navigation list more exciting, but struggling for ideas at the moment.
It looks like it will be a fairly basic site without too much content. You could use ajax to swap the content with a cool fade or slide effect?
I would do something with the header, I thought EPR was a lawncare service at first (looks like grass). Also its like a big block all by itself while the rest of the site is very open and free flowing. Just looks strangely out of place.
If "Professional" is the look you are going for I think that green crayon stuff is the biggest hindrance.
The font up there is nice, maybe just put it on a solid dark color background, full width header area. Then echo that same full-width dark color stripe as a footer, leaving the main content area white. That dark/light/dark look is very professional. Also make sure you watch your grid. Sticking to a grid and having things line up nicely is key to a professional look.