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Jacob Hurwith

Occupation: Writer

An active homeowner myself, I’m always on the lookout for the best home remodeling deals in town. Since 2013, I have been writing about home improvement costs and DIY projects homeowners shouldn’t be afraid to tackle. As a cost-conscientious person myself, this research doesn’t only help me save money, but provides more cost-saving solutions for our loyal ImproveNet readers. Beyond writing about home renovation costs and trends, I have interviewed contractors across the country, discussing everything from local trends, tips of the trade, how to work with a contractor, DIY pointers and much, much more. I use my research and interviews to not only write for ImproveNet, but to improve my Chicago condo. Prior to ImproveNet, I was the marketing coordinator at a non-profit marketing association in Chicago. Additionally, I worked at a real estate company for three years, seeing just how much work goes into managing a condo or apartment building. I graduated with a degree in journalism and business minor from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. When I’m not writing, you can find me at Home Depot trying to complete my next DIY project.

Jacob's Recent Articles

  • 10 Must-Have Items For The Ultimate Man Cave Basement

    10 Must-Have Items For The Ultimate Man Cave

    Man caves give us the space to enjoy football with the guys, a relaxing pool game or pure quietness to get extra work done. The benefits are endless, but before you go building your extravagant man cave, be sure to include these 10 necessary items all man caves absolutely NEED.

    Apr 14, 2019
  • The 10 Best Surface for Kitchen Counters Kitchen

    The 10 Best Surface for Kitchen Counters

    Whether it’s corian, concrete, marble or any other material, we have determined a ballpark estimate for all kitchen countertops. Before you remodel your current kitchen or gut the kitchen in your new home, be sure to review the cheapest and most expensive kitchen counters.

    Feb 1, 2019
  • How To Install Kitchen Countertops Kitchen

    How To Install Kitchen Countertops

    You may have spent a fortune on your new kitchen countertops, but one way to recoup some of those costs is to install the counters yourself. Homeowners tend to shy away from working with expensive appliances, but as you will see, installing your own kitchen countertops is a job anyone can handle.

    May 16, 2018
  • 8 Clever And Bizarre Carpet Designs Flooring & Tiles

    8 Clever And Bizarre Carpet Designs

    The best carpets are warm on the feet and provide a sense of unity or contrast with the rest of the room. Carpet may not be ideal for the bathroom or kitchen and can cause a little stress after a family party, but it certainly has its place throughout the rest of the home.

    Mar 7, 2018
  • How To Install A Heat Pump HVAC

    How To Install A Heat Pump

    Heat pump installation is no easy task, but some homeowners are up for the challenge. Below, I will show you all the steps and tools needed to install a heat pump without a professional.

    Jan 12, 2018
  • How To Clean Your Dishwasher Kitchen

    How To Clean Your Dishwasher

    We don’t think about it often, but homeowners need to clean their dishwashers. Fortunately there are quick and easy ways to clean your dishwasher with everyday materials you already own.

    Jan 12, 2018

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