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De-cluttering, organizing and clearing a home to go on the market

  • We take on details of preparing a home to show and sell, so you can quickly get the property on the market
  • We are the only organization and relocation company of our size in Northern California with workers’ compensation, liability and bonding insurance
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  • We help to increase the market value of a home
  • De-cluttering, organizing and clearing the house
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  • We are fully insured, which means that hiring us offers peace of mind
  • Staging and design assistance which boost home sale price

“Wow! You worked miracles over 3 days. The house looks spectacular. Night and day makeover. No wonder you keep winning awards. Thank you so much. Excellent to work with you once again!”

– Jackie Safier | Prometheus Real Estate Group, Inc.

Before and Afters

We Are Dealing With Mold, Rat Poop & Estates

Changing Places forever changed the lives of three people.

We were hired by Northern Trust Company, wealth management, to help them meet their legal and fiduciary responsibility to ensure a healthy home for their clients.

We transformed a cluttered house infested with mold, rats and extensive water damage into a healthy, vibrant home for a family of three – one of whom is disabled.

This type of project is why we do what we do. We not only transformed a home, but the lives of three people.

Bedroom Before                                                  Bedroom After

…all of this 65 miles from our home base.

Over the course of nearly three years, our crew lived at a local hotel to perform tough, dirty and tiring work.

The first phase of our work included:

  • De-cluttering the home
  • Arranging junk removal
  • Organizing items for donation
  • Overseeing minor repair work

A year after the initial cleanup, we were hired for a second phase of de-cluttering in preparation for a full remodel.

Our third phase of work included:

  • Moving the family back into the home
  • Working with our designer to purchase and arrange new furnishings
  • Unpacking and de-cluttering items in storage
  • Delivering a beautifully new finished home

Bathroom Before Remodel                            Bathroom After Remodel

Our amazing team worked tirelessly to create a beautiful, comfortable and safe space for our clients and the finished product is truly a miracle come to life.

Here’s what our client had to say:

This is AMAZING!!!!  It is like a completely different house.  Words cannot express our gratitude for your time, dedication and patience to this project.  You have created a safe, healthy and inviting home for our clients.  You are miracle workers. 

– Northern Trust Company, Wealth Management

What made this project special?

  • There isn’t anything we don’t do
  • As a rule, we don’t work with hoarders – but we made an exception
  • We rolled up our sleeves, put our masks on and got to work

How do we help?

  • Develop a timeline for the entire family and parties involved
  • Sort all estate items
  • Create labeling system and detailed photo inventory
  • Coordinate the selling, donating, liquidation of estate items
  • Obtain appraisals on estate items
  • Orchestrate the distribution of items to family
  • Our team operates with the utmost integrity and discretion in order to provide our clients with the peace of mind that their physical possessions will be handled with care

How can we help you or your client?

Call us at (415) 461-6257

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!

 

 

We Won Best Home Organizer for 2018

We are proud and honored to announce our award as BEST HOME ORGANIZER 2018!! best home organizer, best home organizer marin, best home organizer marin county, best home organizer San Francisco, best home organizer Bay Area

Changing Places is thrilled to announce our 9th consecutive win as Best Home Organizer in the prestigious Pacific Sun poll. Thank you to our amazing team for making this possible!

Only 4.2% of all woman-owned firms earn revenues of
$1 million or more.  Special thanks to our fantastic
clients for your support throughout all these years.
We are bigger and better because of you!

 

Changing Places is a team of professional organizers orchestrating seamless moves whether simple or complicated. Our expert team of designers, architects and organizers implement personalized systems to help you run your home or office more efficiently – and most importantly,  keep it that way.

What we do:

  • Manage and coordinate every aspect of your move process
  • Skillfully organize any room in the house including offices, closets, attics, garages or basement areas
  • Create at least 25% more storage in even the smallest rooms
  • Increase your productivity with new office systems including shelving and furniture
  • Eliminate clutter permanently and give you the tools to maintain a stress free and orderly environment
  • Fluff and style, designer finishes, picture hanging, and shelf papering
Contact us to learn more about how we can help you!
Call 415-461-6257 or email info@changing-places.com today.
Best Home Organizer, Changing Places, Best Home Organizer Marin County, Best Home Organizer San Francisco, Best Home Organizer Bay Area
Dream Team

Decluttering Transformation

After nine years of living with clutter, this client found us in the Pacific Sun Best of List. We transformed this bachelor pad into a beautiful home in three days! See the proof that we earned our award below.

Project Description:

  • A young single man inherited a house in Corte Madera.
  • Over the years clutter accumulated throughout his home.
  • The rooms in the home were discombobulated with beds in the garage and the dining room in his study.
  • Our team removed 9 years worth of clutter in 3 days.
  • We created a floor plan using his preexisting furniture to create functional rooms which included moving his dining room out of his office.
  • We organized his personal belongings and gave him tools to maintain order.

Before                                                                             After

Before                                                                            After

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 some of our 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!!