Moving Mountain was created out of my passion for customer service and true desire to help others. I found that I could offer compassion and understanding surrounding different reasons for relocating, bring a sense of organization, and offer a light at the end of the tunnel for people during one of the most stressful times in their lives. Most of my clients agree that moving is one of their top-three least favorite things to do in life. However, my kind gentlemen and I actually enjoy moving…”As long as it is not our stuff,” we tell our clients (we don’t have the emotional baggage or attachments that go along with moving). We get paid to work out! In all seriousness, we love meeting new people in the community while helping them to get situated in their new location, and thrive on being physical in the great outdoors .
Based in Novato, Marin County, for over 35 years, I have grown to build relationships with many other small business owners. With each other's support, we continue to offer the people in the Bay Area unparalleled customer service, something lacking dramatically in big corporate businesses.
Moving Mountain Logistics, Inc. is 100% Family Owned and Operated, is licensed under the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC), CAL T-189933, and insured.
The Mission of Moving Mountain Logistics, Inc. is to provide pain-free, green moving services that are reliable, skilled, and efficient at competitive rates to people of the Bay Area.
We understand that relocating has the potential to be a painful experience, both emotionally and physically…but by listening to our clients’ problems and concerns with regards to their particular move, Moving Mountain looks to solve their problems with ease and provide a move that is organized, comfortable and safe. We move you the way you want!
Whether you are moving from a large single-family home or office or from a one-room studio, with level ground or several flights of stairs, pre-packed boxes or the need for help with packing, it is our goal to lighten your load. We are your trusted and caring moving experts!
Moving Mountain Logistics continues to donate portions of their profits to non-profits and other businesses in need in the Bay Area and beyond: Marin Community Clinics, Meals of Marin, S.F. Suicide Prevention, Children of Fallen Soldiers, San Rafael Rotary, Big Cats Rescue Foundation, Breast Cancer Foundation, Goodwill, Women Helping All People, Novato School District.
Moving Goes Green in Novato
Aug. 27, 2007
By Paul Jones / Staff Writer
Unless you’re going to live in a tree, you probably wouldn’t think you could help the environment by changing scene. But Moving Mountain Logistics, Inc., a Novato-based moving company, is making a move to change that. The company was recently certified Aug. 14 by the Marin County Board of Supervisors as Marin’s first moving company in compliance with the county’s green business program. Owner Sean Morris said that while the effort to make the changes had been worth the opportunity to set an example in his industry, the company’s practices were already so eco-friendly that there was little he needed to change.
“We had been doing a lot of this already,” he said. “We purchase from a packaging supplier that collects used retail and wholesale boxes. And there are other little details. We excel at using rubber bands to hold pads on furniture and use as little shrink-wrap as possible. We also combine errands and carpool.”
To gain certification, the company also had to commit to regulations for reducing waste and conserving energy and water. In addition, the company seeks to make its efficiency have a positive impact on people, not just the environment. “We take unwanted furniture from our clients and bring them to donation centers around the county, including Goodwill and Women Helping All People,” he said.
Morris said his interest in an environmentally-firendly business model was spurred by a desire to lead by example. “Right now, there’s unleaded fuel trucks running where there could be bio-diesel,” he said. “There’s trillions of metric tons of cardboard going into landfills when it could be reused and recycled…the board of supervisors has asked us to promote ourselves as a certified green business in the hopes of enlightening the rest of the businesses of Marin.”
The company is one of 250 out of roughly 30,000 in Marin with the certification. Morris said his interest in making a difference was what had pushed him to start his own business in the first place. “I was an office manager for The Learning Company,” he said. “I decided to start my small business because I found an outlet where I could help people a lot more that where I was at the time.
Being a smaller moving company has helped, not hurt, that ambition. Morris said he was able to develop a more personal relationship with clients. “Perhaps with a bigger company, you might be talking with different employees,” he said. “One might be on lunch break, the other wouldn’t know what’s happening with your move, whereas with Moving Mountain, you’re able to get into contact with me or the head mover, and they have all the details.”
Being eco-friendly also increased the efficiency of the business, lessening some costs. “We can operate competitively in the industry,” said Morris. “Even next to some of the midsize and larger moving companies in Marin. We run a home office, which is really an advantage for keeping our overhead low. We don’t have warehouses or extra trucks.” While reusing materials and doubling up errands takes more time, Morris said it saved him in materials costs. “That all balances out by being efficient in other areas,” he said.
While the company advertises its services in a variety of venues, from Craig’s List to the SBC Yellow Pages, Morris said word-of-mouth was an important seller, given the small size of his business. “As soon as I started this business I simply started talking about it and began my own circle of clients,” he said. “We really provide a lot of business through referrals.”
Clients of the company have included the Novato Police Departement and associates of such local enterprises as Lucasfilm. But while he described business as “steady,” Morris said he had plans to expand his environmental program, to demonstrate the efficiency of eco-friendly practices.
“I think (it’s important) for people to understand that it’s really not that hard to do,” he said. “I’ll continue because it is a passion of mine. A friend helped make the Oscars green, and really launched me into thinking about what I could do to make my company, and industry as a whole, green…I’m looking at bio-diesel (and) I’d love to install more energy-efficient office machines.” Morris said that he hoped more than just other movers would follow his lead. “It’s a step for us all to really start correcting some of our habits that have created a more wasteful environment,” he said. “You don’t have to drive a Prius to be a certified green company!”
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