You bought your house as is, with visions of renovations and upgrades that reflect your tastes. Over the years, you installed granite countertops, constructed custom built-ins and bought top of the line appliances. In comes your appraiser. He's breezing right past the sparkling hardwoods and custom cabinetry because he's trying to get through your house as quickly as possible. After all, he has other stops to make. It's up to you to point out everything you've done. Hopefully, you've kept track of all of your upgrades, including how much they cost. Before and after pictures support the cause, so don't be afraid to pull those out.