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 Older Articles

  • 2019 Lighting Trends Electrical & Lighting

    2019 Lighting Trends

    Have you ever changed out a light fixture just to see that it redefined how the space looked? If you haven’t, now might be the year to do so. An affordable light fixture update can be just what you need update the look of any room in the home.

    Dec 10, 2018
  • Video: Top Bathroom Remodeling Projects Videos

    Video: Top Bathroom Remodeling Projects

    If you're thinking about a bathroom remodel, you probably know that there are a lot of options to upgrade. From old shower heads to colorful tile, these items should be replaced as soon as possible.

    Dec 6, 2018
  • December Home Maintenance Checklist Home Maintenance

    December Home Maintenance Checklist

    For many, this is a busy time of year preparing to have family and friends over for the holidays. However, there are some home maintenance tasks you should complete before the month is through. Here’s your December home maintenance checklist.

    Dec 2, 2018
  • ImproveNet Monthly Roundup: November 2018 Potpourri

    ImproveNet Monthly Roundup: November 2018

    This month, we’ve had the holiday season top-of-mind as well with a few festive articles as well as other tips you can do to improve your home. Here are a few articles you may have missed this November.

    Nov 28, 2018
  • How To Clean An Oven Cleaning & Organization

    How To Clean An Oven

    Like most home cooks, you likely rely on your oven to get a lot of food prepared. For those with self-cleaning ovens, the job is fairly-easy to get done. However, for detailing and manual cleaning, you’re going to want a few of these tips to help. Here’s how to clean an oven.

    Nov 18, 2018
  • Your First Home: Episode 2 Videos

    Your First Home: Episode 2

    In the second episode of "Your First Home," we'll tackle questions you may have about remodeling and if you should really change the locks to your new house. Take a look at the latest episode below.

    Nov 15, 2018
  • 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
  • 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

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