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

  • Everything You Need To Know About Gutter Installation Roofing & Gutters

    Everything You Need To Know About Gutter Installation

    A gutter installation provides your home protection from the storms and precipitation by acting as drain and whisking damaging water away from your home. By redirecting water, your gutters protect your basement from flooding and improve the longevity of your siding, roof, and overall condition of the foundation.

    Jun 29, 2020
  • How To Deep Clean A House Home Maintenance

    How To Deep Clean A House

    It’s officially spring, and it can be seen all around us from sweet fuzzy ducklings following their mothers to the bright red tulips opening on a warm sunny day. It’s a great time to be outside, but on those rainy cooler days, it’s also a great time to do a deep spring cleaning.

    May 24, 2020
  • House Cleaning & Sanitizing Checklist Home Maintenance

    House Cleaning & Sanitizing Checklist

    Now more than ever, people are paying attention to their home hygiene. From a family member that has a common cold to the concern of spreading the Coronavirus, sanitizing your home can be extremely important to keep everyone, even those in your community, healthy.

    Mar 20, 2020
  • 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.

    Oct 7, 2019
  • Open Concept Kitchen Ideas Kitchen

    Open Concept Kitchen Ideas

    Spend an hour watching HGTV and you are bound to hear two words, “open concept.” Rooms with open concept floor plans are all the rage because they offer more space, better functionality, and a more pleasing design. But how? I'm here to help answer your burning questions about open concept kitchens and more.

    Sep 30, 2019
  • What Pests To Be Aware of in Fall Pest Removal

    What Pests To Be Aware of in Fall

    The fall season is quickly approaching meaning cool weather, warm colors, and cozy sweaters, but it can also mean new pests. As the crisp breeze hits your face, pests may make your home their home in preparation for the cooler weather.

    Sep 10, 2019
  • Budget-Friendly Backyard Ideas Landscaping

    Budget-Friendly Backyard Ideas

    Keeping a nice yard maintained can be a year-long project— and a costly one at that. Luckily, we are here to offer some of our best tips, tricks, and DIY backyard ideas on a budget.

    Aug 26, 2019
  • Home Painting Projects To Complete In Summer Painting

    Home Painting Projects To Complete In Summer

    With long days and great weather, there’s no better time to cross off items on your home improvement to-do list than the summer. And for many, painting will be at the top of that list. So whether you’re looking to spruce up your mailbox or give your home interiors a fresh coat, check out these summer painting ideas and advice.

    Aug 19, 2019
  • Trend Alert: Black Matte Countertops Kitchen

    Trend Alert: Black Matte Countertops

    Luxury kitchens have long been a status symbol when it comes to home decor. While this typically meant traditional shiny marble or granite countertops, there’s a new trend in the luxury kitchen sphere: black matte countertops.

    Aug 12, 2019

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