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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

  • Video: Your First Home Episode 5 Videos

    Video: Your First Home Episode 5

    For many new homeowners, it's likely the first time they are dealing with issues like landscaping, curb appeal and other areas of home exterior upkeep. In this episode, we'll be focusing outside of the home, because it's just as important as the inside. ImproveNet's home experts, Chelsea and Ron, will tackle your toughest home exterior questions in this episode of Your First Home.

    Jul 18, 2019
  • What First-Time Homeowners Must Know About Their Gutters Roofing & Gutters

    What First-Time Homeowners Must Know About Their Gutters

    If you recently bought your first house, you’re likely learning a new responsibility or two that comes with homeownership. One chore that can often be overlooked is routine gutter maintenance. Even though it might not seem like a priority, gutter maintenance is an important step in avoiding costly home repairs down the line.

    Jul 8, 2019
  • Best Smoke Detectors For Your Home Home Maintenance

    Best Smoke Detectors For Your Home

    There are many smoke detectors on the market, but how do you know what’s best for your home? Here are a few of ImproveNet’s top choices, that will work in almost any home to keep you safe.

    Jul 1, 2019
  • Video: Your First Home Episode 4 Videos

    Video: Your First Home Episode 4

    Welcome back to Your First Home! Whether you've just moved in, or lived in your house for a few years, we're here to help you answer your toughest home improvement questions.

    Jun 20, 2019
  • NeoCon 2019 Recap Potpourri

    NeoCon 2019 Recap

    Did you miss NeoCon 2019 in Chicago? Don't worry, we've recapped our favorite interior design trends here. Read what's hot right now.

    Jun 17, 2019
  • Video: Your First Home Episode 3 Videos

    Video: Your First Home Episode 3

    The first few months of homeownership are both exciting and nervewracking. There's a clean slate for you to make a home your own, but at the same time, there might be a few surprise projects that come your way. From flooring repair to garbage disposal maintenance, these are things many new homeowners have to navigate for the first time.

    Jun 13, 2019
  • Living Room Ottoman Ideas Videos

    Living Room Ottoman Ideas

    Every living room needs a focal point. While many homeowners choose to make that focal point a coffee table, you have other options. If you're looking for an alternative, consider the ottoman.

    May 30, 2019
  • Video: Gutter Tips & Tricks Videos

    Video: Gutter Tips & Tricks

    What do you know about gutters? Unless there's an issue, many homeowners don't give them a second thought. However, as an important feature of your exterior, it's time to brush up on a few gutter facts.

    May 23, 2019
  • Video: Top Pool Tasks Videos

    Video: Top Pool Tasks

    Summer is here and I'm sure you can't wait to take that first swim in your backyard pool. However, to keep it in great condition and, not to mention safe for all to swim, there are a few tasks that must be completed first.

    May 16, 2019
  • Energy-Efficient Appliances For Your Kitchen Kitchen

    Energy-Efficient Appliances For Your Kitchen

    When you’re considering replacing appliances, one of the first things that come to mind is energy-savings. Having eco-friendly appliances is just as important as the look and function. Not only can it help you reduce your carbon footprint, but changing your kitchen appliances to a more eco-friendly model can help you reduce energy bills.

    May 13, 2019

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