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.
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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.