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Senior Downsizing Project in San Francisco

Changing Places makes magic happen!

Project Description:

  • Changing Places moved an older gentleman from a 2,800 Sq Ft home into a 600 Sq Ft apartment in the San Francisco Towers.
  • Our team was able to sell some of our client’s antiques at auction to help eliminate clutter while helping him downsize.
  • The funds made from selling the antiques at auction paid for our client’s entire move plus our services!
  • Our team mapped a floor plan before the move and helped to design our client’s new apartment.
  • Changing Places provided our client with the opportunity to come out and be creative with a little space that he has chosen to spend the next chapter of his life.

Our client’s previous home.  Our team was able to sell a lot of the client’s antiques at auction while we were helping him downsize.  The funds from the sale of the antiques netted more than double the cost of our services and the moving expenses!

  

Our client’s new apartment in the San Francisco Towers.  An old life replaced by a very fun new one! A fresh start with vibrant colors.

“Changing Places exceeded my expectations. They customized their services to meet my needs. Outstanding is not sufficient praise for what they accomplished.

The move entailed a major downsizing and owner Margaret Walsh made sure that the items I would not be taking were sold in an appropriate venue. Among other things, Margaret Walsh said that the proceeds from the items I sold would pay for Changing Places’ services and the cost of the move. Thus far I have netted more than double the cost of their services and the moving expenses. Moving is stressful—and moving from my home of 35 years was a staggering event. Changing Places made it smooth and successful. Their work reduced my stress enormously.”

Gustavo Serina, San Francisco, CA

 

 

 

 

We’re Hiring! Account Executive/Project Manager

Account Executive/Project Manager

Changing Places is a woman-owned Marin company celebrating its 25th year in business. Our team of 30 is expanding to accommodate our exciting growth.

This is a career posting – not just a job posting.

Who We Are

We’re a team of professional home organizers who manage the complex process of high-end moves, in addition to renovate, and stage homes anywhere in the word. Our business is fast paced, high-touch, fun, and different every day. We offer a flexible yet hardworking environment.

We’re looking for a passionate, organized, well-rounded project expert who also likes selling, has exceptional communication skills and is the ultimate team player: able to multi-task with several ongoing projects at a time, all while maintaining a can-do attitude. The ideal candidate has run a department or small business. The nature of our business also requires complete discretion and diplomacy.

The Account Executive/Project Manager will support our projects in the field as well as our office operations.  We prefer candidates who reside in Marin County.

Required:

  • Creative content experience plus social media savvy and ability to interface with our marketing consultant on website content, email newsletters and blog
  • Proficiency with Mac products (iMac, iPhone, iPad, iPhoto) should currently use an iPhone
  • Proficient in MS Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Proficient with cloud based storage applications like Dropbox
  • Hospitality/service industry/event planning experience is a plus – we are a very customer service oriented
  • Must have own means of transportation to run office errands when necessary

Work Environment & Compensation
The position is 35-40 hours per week, and located in San Rafael. The Account Executive/Project Manager will report to the VP/General Manager and support the President/CEO. Salary range: $65,000-75,000 and commensurate with experience. 1 year commitment in this role is required. Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter along with salary requirements in response to this ad.  Send applications to Info@Changing-Places.com

Condo Renovation Project

This 1,200 square foot condo was constructed in 1975. Until renovation, nothing in the condo had been updated since it was built. From start to finish, the renovation took only 2 1/2 months.

Renovation Details:

  • 160 hours of wall plastering
  • 9 hours of electrical upgrading
  • Popcorn removal
  • Fireplace mantel installation
  • Kitchen gutted and replaced with an ecological chief’s kitchen
  • Kitchen storage increased by 35%
  • 3 pocket doors and 1 barn door – 4 new installations
  • Molding throughout
  • New carpets
  • 2 new bathrooms

Retail Cost: $145,000

Office Renovation Before & After

 

Downstairs Renovation Before & After

 

Kitchen Renovation Before & After

 

Family Room Renovation Before & After

 

 

 

 

Changing Places Turns 25!

Changing Places, Marin County, Bay Area, Professinal Organizers, Margaret Fearey Walsh
Margaret Fearey Walsh, President of Changing Places

 

I only have one 25th anniversary, so please indulge me as I tell a short story about realizing my American dream.

 In 1991, I arrived in Marin County from Philadelphia with a huge ego having run wildly successful businesses in the Catering & Special Events industry. I quickly realized it wasn’t WHAT I knew that mattered in California, but WHO I knew that made a difference in my new life.

I had only three friends when I arrived in California, and thanks to their warm and welcoming hospitality I got a start, cleaning houses. It took two tough, long years to get my footing: my new car blew up and I went bankrupt over a small amount of money. My morale and integrity were devastated.

Out of these ashes rose the phoenix that became “Rent A Wife”: I began doing housekeeping, catering and errands, and home organizing. In my first year I was “rented” by a great guy from GE Capital to help with his move from SF to NYC. I was honest and told the client I’d never done this before, but I had just moved myself here. The move project turned out to be very complicated, hugely challenging yet very fun and successful. Finally, I’d found something that I loved to do and turned that project into what became a promising new business.

“Rent-A-Wife” was going really well when a business coach told me in front of 350 people that the name of the company made me sound like “a lady of the night.” The group voted that I should change my company name. After much soul searching, I chose Changing-Places, Inc. Owning this business has rarely ever been easy and in 1996-97, during my first bout with breast cancer, I tried to sell the company. Thank heaven I didn’t find a buyer.

Today, I am very proud to say that my Changing Places team are my family. We have 25 “crew members” – some who have been here since the very early days. They serve Changing Places with many talents that far exceed my expertise. I owe all of those people, past and present, the glorious success that we are today. Also, Changing Places wouldn’t be where it is without our clients, realtors, vendors,partners, and friends who’ve supported us along our journey. I say it often: “we create miracles every day.”

Thank you all for being a part of my success and my story. God Bless America!

Changing Places, MARGARET FEAREY WALSH, Marin County, Home Organzing, Home Moving, Bay Area, Professional Organizers
Changing Places turns 25!!

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