I started Charlie’s Roof (formerly called Copenhagen Housing) in February 2016. For those of you interested in how and why I did that, read on …
The first seed was planted:
After working at the Danish Technical University (DTU) for a number of years, helping professors, PhD students and guests to get a roof over their heads, I had experienced first hand how expensive and impersonal some relocation agencies in Copenhagen seemed. Once in a while we did not have enough manpower in the DTU housing department to help all of the DTU guests with their house-hunt – and in these cases we hired external housing agents. This was always very expensive for the university and the individual could never afford to buy the help themselves. I thought that someone should be able to do this job better and cheaper. This was the first seed of the idea for Charlie’s Roof.
The seed blossoms:
The seed grew quickly when I had my daughter Alberte, who is now 5 years old. When coming back from maternity leave I could not juggle family life and working at the university – a workplace that I indeed appreciated very much! – especially because my husband works long hours and is away from home a lot. So I made a hard decision to quit my job and say goodbye to my fantastic DTU colleagues to start my own little adventure. Living out a dream in a flexible environment where working from home all week if necessary is OK: this adventure resulted in Charlie’s Roof.
Why this road in life?
For me it’s not about apartments and houses: it’s about people. And for everyone, getting a roof over your head is at the core of being happy. And it may sound cheesy but I really like to make people happy. Having a home is at the very bottom of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, and not having a home can create stress and depression. I have seen many sad people over the years, desperate to find an apartment or a room – and the best feeling in the world, is when I or one of my colleagues can help them. By total coincidence I am a trained Real Estate Agent (long story short, something about a student job that evolved into serious business and working in London with an investment realtor) – and this actually enables me to help these people. I have the network (which I have now shared with my colleagues as well), the education, the knowledge and the experience in how to handle the market and the landlords. So I can actually perform a job that I love, by helping people out. How fantastic is that!
What is so special about Charlie’s Roof?
We treat every client like our friend. We are honest and we try to help as many people as possible, also students and low-income house-hunters. We have absolutely no preferences based on religion, nationality, political views or income: we do our best to help everyone who comes to us, with absolute devotion to the client. We would love to do the work we do for free, because for us it is a passion. Unfortunately, that is not possible, having our own rents to pay and families to support, but we do, and always will, keep the cost to our clients at an absolute minimum.
If you have any questions about me, the company or you would like to know more about our services, please feel free to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org. We are here for you!