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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

  • How To Prepare For A Potluck Thanksgiving Food & Travel

    How To Prepare For A Potluck Thanksgiving

    Thanksgiving is a great time to gather together with family and friends. However, if you’re hosting it takes a lot of work to prepare your home and cook a large meal. One way you can make it easier for yourself is to plan a potluck Thanksgiving.

    Nov 11, 2018
  • Video: Healthy Home Tips Videos

    Video: Healthy Home Tips

    Creating a healthy home for your family takes a few simple changes. You'll be glad you did because you'll have the peace-of-mind that you've done all you can to create a healthy, happy home. Watch the video below for a few of my healthy home tips.

    Nov 8, 2018
  • November Home Maintenance Checklist Home Maintenance

    November Home Maintenance Checklist

    Start getting your home improvement to-do list done now, so you can enjoy Thanksgiving and time with family. Here’s your November home maintenance checklist to make sure you’re prepared for the month ahead.

    Nov 4, 2018
  • Video: Concrete Slab Vs. Cement Slab Concrete, Brick, & Masonry

    Video: Concrete Slab Vs. Cement Slab

    You might be surprised to learn that there is actually a difference between concrete and cement. Often, they get confused as being the same thing, but they certainly are different. Watch the video below to understand how concrete and cement are different.

    Nov 1, 2018
  • Little Bathroom Décor Details That Make A Difference Bathroom

    Little Bathroom Décor Details That Make A Difference

    Finding the perfect bathroom décor can often be a challenge. You’re likely dealing with a lack of space in addition to looking for décor that can withstand the moisture of the bathroom. See a few bathroom décor details that make a difference.

    Oct 31, 2018
  • Your First Home: Episode 1 Videos

    Your First Home: Episode 1

    Are you a first-time homeowner with questions? Well, you've come to the right place because we have the home improvement answers you need. Watch the video to learn more about your first home.

    Oct 25, 2018
  • Your First Home: Introducing Greg Videos

    Your First Home: Introducing Greg

    In ImproveNet’s new video series, Your First Home, we want to help address some of the tougher questions you may have. Our expert contractor, Greg, is here to help!

    Oct 24, 2018
  • 7 Spooktacular Halloween Party Ideas Potpourri

    7 Spooktacular Halloween Party Ideas

    While Halloween is a spooky holiday, planning to throw the best party on the block doesn’t have to scare you. Here are a few Halloween party ideas that are guaranteed to impress your guests.

    Oct 22, 2018

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