Helping you plan your home improvement project, from start to finish

Jaclyn Crawford

Occupation: Staff Writer

Excited to share my love of home design and décor with readers, I started with ImproveNet in 2016. As a staff writer at ImproveNet, I enjoy writing about the latest trends and ways you can make your home the loveliest it can be. You may also find me in the ImproveNet videos, sharing tips you may not know about local contractors. As a new homeowner, I am always interested in learning more. I’ve been lucky enough to interview experts like Megan Wild, editor of Your Wild Home, and Emily Hoefler, kitchen and bath specialist at Renovations Group Inc. These interviews and more don’t only provide inspiration for my stories, but also tips on how I can improve my 1920s bungalow. Living in an older Chicago home, it seems like there’s always something new to work on. In the last year, my husband and I have updated our staircase, redecorated and fixed the flooring on our enclosed porch, and called in a pro to help with a chimney repair. Needless to say, my house keeps me busy! My favorite topics to write about include kitchen and bathroom remodeling. I’m always looking for new ways to save homeowners money and space to make their rooms the best they can be. As someone who enjoys planning and understands how important that is to homeowners, I always want to know the costs of any major project upfront. I try to include the most accurate cost information with whatever I write, so you can budget best for your next home improvement project. I also enjoy talking about landscaping and gardening topics, as I love to grow flowers and herbs at home. Prior to ImproveNet, I was the Managing Editor at Forefront Magazine. I’ve also written for companies such as Enjoy Illinois, Like A Local and Krrb (Now Apartment Therapy). I graduated with a degree in Marketing and a minor in Journalism from Columbia College Chicago. When I’m not writing, I love crocheting, playing badminton and exploring Chicago with my dog Sundae.

Jaclyn's Recent Articles

  • Goodbyes are bittersweet… Potpourri

    Goodbyes are bittersweet…

    Over the next several months, ImproveNet.com will be undergoing some changes and will eventually be fully shut down. In October, you will no longer have access to the site's content, including the articles, cost guides, and calculators.

    Sep 20, 2021
  • September Home Maintenance Checklist Home Maintenance

    September Home Maintenance Checklist

    This September is all about preparation. Cleaning your upholstery and prepping your garden for spring are just two tasks that are important to begin now. Here’s your home maintenance checklist for September.

    Sep 10, 2021
  • July Home Maintenance Checklist Home Maintenance

    July Home Maintenance Checklist

    July is the perfect month to enjoy the summer weather and host some fun backyard BBQs. However, you won’t want to forget about the home maintenance you have to complete to keep your house looking great.

    Jul 15, 2021
  •  7 Tree Maintenance Tips Landscaping

    7 Tree Maintenance Tips

    The benefits of trees in your yard are truly endless, but an unhealthy tree can cause problems. See 7 tree care tips to keep them healthy.

    Mar 25, 2021
  • Lawn Care For New Homeowners Landscaping

    Lawn Care For New Homeowners

    Every new homeowner makes mistakes, especially when it comes to their yard. But I’m here to help. Here’s what every new homeowner needs to know about caring for their lawn.

    Mar 25, 2021
  • Asphalt Driveway Maintenance Home Maintenance

    Asphalt Driveway Maintenance

    Asphalt driveways are a beautiful addition to any home. From sealing as needed to cleaning regularly, it’s important to have a routine when it comes to caring for your driveway. Here are a few ways you can maintain your asphalt driveway this year.

    Mar 25, 2021
  • How To Pick The Perfect Paint Color Painting

    How To Pick The Perfect Paint Color

    Walk into any home improvement store and you’ll see aisles of paint samples to choose from. Make it an easier choice with these tips on how to pick the best paint color.

    Jan 22, 2021
  • How To Apply For A Land Survey Additions

    How To Apply For A Land Survey

    Knowing how to apply for a land survey can help you get the job done. ImproveNet connects you with up to three local surveyors who can conduct a survey on your property.

    Nov 11, 2020
  • The Best Backyard Fence For Dogs Landscaping

    The Best Backyard Fence For Dogs

    Consider backyard fence ideas for dogs to help keep your furry friend contained without taking away from the look of your home. ImproveNet is here to connect you to local fence installation professionals.

    Nov 4, 2020

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