Thanks for all of your answers. Yes, I have a new egress window installed in the bedroom and it meets the building code. I'll make a list of new improvements including new energy saving appliances such as dishwasher, laundry machines, vacuum system machine. I also had the half bath, laundry room, and garage renovated completely on the first floor. Should I also have the contractor fix the ceiling holes on the first floor as there was water leak in the past and it was fixed? They are covered by boards temporarily. Any good guidelines for preparing the home for an appraisal?? Give me the weblinks if any.