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Guiding Clients Through Life’s Transitions

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Guiding clients through life’s transitions
Reflections from our founder

In 1993, I moved from Philadelphia to California and started my business, Rent-a-Wife, providing housekeeping, catering, and running errands for clients out of Paul and Maryanne Pearson’s home. During those early years with Rent-a-Wife, I met Tom Wright, one of Hill & Co’s (now Compass) long-esteemed top San Francisco realtors, and he tucked away my business card, promising to keep me in mind for his relocating clients.

23 years later, when the time came to downsize from his own Telegraph Hill condo of 40 years, he pulled my business card from his Rolodex and called to ask for our help.

My team stepped in to sort, liquidate, donate and recycle the items from Tom’s many years of life. Tom is now thriving in an independent living community and grateful for Changing Places’ expert assistance.

Over the years, we’ve helped countless clients through their varied transitions. Since the Rent-a-Wife years, we’ve undergone some transitions of our own. In 1997 a business coach wisely told me to change the name of my company. We’ve also outgrown my home office. Changing Places is now headquartered in San Rafael at La Plaza Offices, expanding to an award winning staff of 35 and offering a larger menu of concierge services than ever before. What hasn’t changed, aside from my hair turning gray, is the company’s commitment to delivering excellence…one job at a time.

~ Margaret Fearey Walsh


TEAM SPOTLIGHT

ANDREA SANDVIG, PROJECT MANAGER
Andrea contributes over 30 years experience in strategic partnerships, project management, marketing and design initiatives with domestic and international clients. Her work, with residential and academic construction projects, has been acknowledged by national and international publications. She has lived and worked on four continents. Andrea holds degrees in Cultural Anthropology and Spanish Literature. She has been a Bay Area resident since 1981 and raised her family in Marin.

WHAT OUR CLIENTS ARE SAYING
“Katie and her firm are absolutely the best of the best and make what seems the impossible….possible with the least amount of stress and frustration you can imagine. Katie and her crew have a way about them that provides a “TLC” to the most daunting tasks.”
– Neal Ward, Compass Real Estate
Changing Places cleared a 12,000 ft2 estate in preparation for staging.

“Changing Places is fabulous!”
– Jackie Safier, Estate Resolution Client
Changing Places helped with everything from settling an estate of 10,000 ft, fine furnishings consignment, personal home organizing and even a referral of a permanent house keeper.

“Please know that you folks saved my life or at least my sanity. Please thank everyone involved: working with them was one of the few bright spots in my ordeal.”
– Erik Voss, Estate Resolution Client
Changing Places cleared a family home, full of antiques, helped with a family auction and shipping to multiple heirs, arranged an estate sale, and emptied the entire house in 3 weeks to hand over to the realtor.

Meet Jennifer Land

Jennifer is a native Californian from La Jolla, and has a degree in Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley. She has a highly successful history of residential architectural design and construction project management that serves her well in the role of Senior Project Coordinator. Jennifer is highly organized, an excellent communicator and is client focused. Her attention to detail, process and big picture vision make her a vital part of the Changing Places Home Office team.

Jennifer joined Changing Places in November of 2018. She is a mother of three and lives in northern Marin with her husband, youngest child and two dogs. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, exploring the great outdoors and appreciating the arts.

TEAM SPOTLIGHT – Meet Julie Hornsby

Meet Julie Hornsby
Assistant Project Manager, Expert Organizer, and Luxury Specialist

Julie is the consummate ambassador for Changing Places. Meticulous and detail-oriented, but also utterly charming, Julie wins the heart of every client. She’s one of CP’s most versatile organizers, happy to be deployed in a cluttered garage or a beautifully remodeled kitchen. She comes to Changing Places with over 30 years of experience in customer service and hospitality, including years at the luxurious (now closed) Gump’s. She is passionate about finding the perfect home for our clients’ possessions, whether it’s consigning antique sterling silver or donating art supplies for local kids.

Meet Kelleigh Aldridge

Honoring One of Our Miracle Makers, Kelleigh Aldridge

Kelleigh Aldridge, a long time resident of Marin, has been an incredible asset to the Changing Places team as a dedicated Project Manager for over 8 years. She is trained as a Personal Coach and Professional Organizer with years of hands on experience providing high level packing and moving services.  In her spare time, she volunteers with organizations in her community supporting disabled veterans, children and the elderly.  Changing Places is proud to recognize her exceptional work in the field. Kelleigh continues to bring her professional and generous disposition to all of her work and we are so grateful to have her on our team. She is truly a miracle maker!