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We Transform Kids’ Lives Too

Changing Places changes kids’ lives… one  job at a time

 

In our 25 years in business, nearly half of our projects help families and their children to downsize, de-clutter and organize their lives… not just their homes.
Here’s the story about one of our favorite families.

Changing Places began work with the Dempster clan when Madison was 12 years old. We came back to help with six subsequent moves. Here’s what Madison learned during these projects:

  • Each time she moved, she saw how much she accumulated. We helped her to keep what was important to her and let go of the rest.
  • Madison learned the value of purchasing quality items with the question, “Do I need this, or will it become clutter?”
  • It became her philosophy to donate her old treasures, so others can create new memories.
  • She designed her own floor plan,  creating extra space by adding  a platform bed and containers.
  • She rents long term storage for her seasonal items.  She’s a California girl living in the Northeast now, and needs 4 seasons’ worth of clothing.
  • Her organizational skills allow her to be focused, productive and successful.

Madison created a livable tiny space

Madison’s cleverly and thoughtfully designed dorm room allowed her to be organized and productive from day one as a college freshman. She even inspired her roommates and friends!

There is a place for everything… and everything has a place

Changing Places was honored
to help this adorable young lady to become more organized!

Do you and your family need help getting organized?

Please give us a call.
415.461.6257
info@changing-places.com

 

 

“Dear Margaret:

Madison at age 12

Our family sends you and your team a heartfelt “thank you” for moving us into our new home. With Changing Places’ assistance, you took every ounce of stress out of our move. I wish everyone could have such a delightful moving experience—too often we are too bogged down with the logistics and endless unpacking to actually “enjoy” moving let alone the new house. Your team, with it’s magic, had us cooking in our kitchen and sleeping in our beds the first night and completely unpacked within a couple of days!! Thanks to you we are settled and loving our new home.”

– The Dempster Clan (Kim, Mark, Madison, Jack and Yoda (woof!)
San Francisco, CA

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our family sends you and your team a heartfelt “thank you” for moving us into our new home. With Changing Places’ assistance, you took every ounce of stress out of our move. I wish everyone could have such a delightful moving experience—too often we are too bogged down with the logistics and endless unpacking to actually “enjoy” moving let alone the new house. Your team, with it’s magic, had us cooking in our kitchen and sleeping in our beds the first night and completely unpacked within a couple of days!! Thanks to you we are settled and loving our new home.”

– The Dempster Clan (Kim, Mark, Madison, Jack and Yoda (woof!)
San Francisco, CA

The Alternative To Home Staging

Did you know Changing Places stages homes using your own furniture?

How do we do this?

  • de-clutter: closets, cabinets and storage spaces
  • depersonalize: allow potential buyers to envision themselves in your house, not you
  • remove excess furniture, art and knickknacks
  • save you money through light staging
  • get the property on the market quickly, while packing you to move
  • make it fun, effortless and easy

Getting ready to list your house?
Contact us to see how we can help you.
415.461.6257
info@changing-places.com

“Changing-Places is a very reliable source during any move, purge, or home preparation. Simply said, any time you’re “changing places,” they are miracle workers, and very resourceful and trustworthy. I could not recommend them more!”

– Malin Giddings, Compass Real Estate

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

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