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

  • Tips For A Low Waste Lifestyle Potpourri

    Tips For A Low Waste Lifestyle

    Sustainable living is a hot topic right now but can seem overwhelming to many who want to make changes. My best advice is to start small with one change at a time. Here is how you can get started on your low waste lifestyle at home.

    Sep 17, 2018
  • A Family-Friendly Kitchen Kitchen

    A Family-Friendly Kitchen

    Do you want a kitchen that’s a space for all to enjoy? Creating a functional kitchen is top of the list for many homeowners. It’s time to turn it into a space all can use.

    Sep 12, 2018
  • Tricks To Get Rid Of Fruit Flies Pest Removal

    Tricks To Get Rid Of Fruit Flies

    If you’ve ever encountered fruit flies, you know how frustrating it can be to get rid of them. If you’re stuck with a fruit fly problem, here are a few tip that can help you eliminate them from your home.

    Sep 10, 2018
  • Common Garage Problems & How To Solve Them Garages & Sheds

    Common Garage Problems & How To Solve Them

    If you’re lucky enough to have a garage, you also know that they can come with an assortment of problems. From garage doors that won’t close to leaks, these are issues you must get fixed. Here are a few common garage problems and how to solve them.

    Sep 9, 2018
  • 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 2, 2018
  • Video: Farmhouse Décor Ideas Interior Design & Decorating

    Video: Farmhouse Décor Ideas

    Farmhouse style is a chic and timeless way to redecorate your home. But, how exactly do you find these items at a thrift store? I’m here to help with my top tips for budget-friendly thrift shopping for your farmhouse décor. See the video below for more.

    Aug 30, 2018

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