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You are the customer. If your goal is to choose a moving company that will deliver high customer satisfaction and quality, you’ll feel confident in choosing a Diamond Certified mover. Each has been rated Highest in Quality in the most accurate ratings process anywhere. And you’re always backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. Here’s why the Diamond Certified ratings and certification process will help you find a top-rated moving company and is unparalleled in its accuracy, rigor and usefulness:

1) Accuracy: All research is performed by live telephone interviews that verify only real customers are surveyed, so you’ll never be fooled by fake reviews.

2) Statistical Reliability: A large random sample of past customers is surveyed on an ongoing basis so the research results you see truly reflect a Diamond Certified company’s top-rated status.

3) Full Disclosure: By clicking the name of a company above you’ll see the exact rating results in charts and read verbatim survey responses as well as researched articles on each qualified company.

4) Guaranteed: Your purchase is backed up with mediation and the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee, so you can choose with confidence.

Click on the name of a Diamond Certified company above to read ratings results, researched articles and verbatim customer survey responses to help you make an informed decision.

More than 200,000 customers of local companies have been interviewed in live telephone calls, and only companies that score Highest in Quality in customer satisfaction–a 90+ on a 100 scale–as well as pass all of the credential-based ratings earn Diamond Certified. By requiring such a high score to qualify, the Diamond Certified program eliminates mediocre and poorly performing companies. Read detailed information about the ratings and certification process.

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DIAMOND CERTIFIED EXPERT CONTRIBUTORS IN THE Marin County – Movers CATEGORY

Cal Farnsworth Jr. is president of Earl Farnsworth Express, a Diamond Certified company since 2002. He can be reached at (415) 938-6940 or by email.

Cal Farnsworth Jr.

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Cal Farnsworth Jr.: A Privilege Earned

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

SAN RAFAEL – As a second-generation business owner, Cal Farnsworth Jr. now runs the company his father founded more than 40 years ago. However, his entrance into the moving industry was no silver spoon affair—rather, he earned his stripes by working his way up from the bottom. “I went through the school of hard knocks just like anyone else,” he affirms. “I started out delivering packing boxes, washing trucks, and assisting with loading after school and on weekends. Later, I advanced to being a driver, following which I went into sales, and from there, operations. By the time my father retired, I had gained a familiarity with every aspect of the business.”

Today, as owner of Earl Farnsworth Express, Cal enjoys the versatility offered by his line of work. “In this business, no two jobs are alike,” he explains. “From moving delicate or unusual items to completing a move within a limited window of time, there’s a new challenge every day, and that keeps it fun and interesting.”

An ardent outdoorsman, Cal appreciates the wealth of opportunities afforded by the sumptuous Bay Area landscape. “Between the mountains and the coast, this region has a lot to offer,” he says. “I’m passionate about a lot of outdoor activities, including fly fishing, archery and hunting. I also enjoy water skiing, horseback riding and mountain biking. Basically, if there’s something fun to do, I’m in!” When he’s not amidst the great outdoors, Cal spends time with wife, Carole, and keeps up with their two grown children, Taylor and Shelly.

When asked the first thing he’d do if he could retire tomorrow, Cal says he’d likely explore an exotic location. “I haven’t had the opportunity to do a lot of traveling, so I’d probably take a trip to somewhere I’ve never been, like New Zealand.”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: Are you a dog person or a cat person?
A: Dog person. I have two dogs, a Labrador and a Springer Spaniel.

Q: How did you get your name?
A: My first name is actually Earl, the same as my father. After I was born, my grandmother said, “We’re not going to have two Earls!” My middle name is Cahling, so she started calling me “Cal,” and it stuck.

Q: What’s the most death defying feat you’ve ever attempted?
A: It’s a toss-up between hang gliding at Dillon Beach and scuba diving 150 feet deep at night off the coast of Catalina. It’s pretty scary when you and your diving partners turn off the lights and see who can go the longest before turning his back on.

Q: Would you ever skydive?
A: I’d like to try it, but my wife doesn’t want me to.

Q: What’s your favorite restaurant?
A: Sushi Ran in Sausalito.

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INDUSTRY INFORMATION AND RESEARCHED ARTICLES BY THE DIAMOND CERTIFIED RESOURCE

  • Mayflower Transit

  • Allied Van Lines

  • Bekins Van Lines

moving & storage companies
national movers
international moving companies
household moving companies (residential movers)
commercial movers
van lines
relocation movers
self-service moving companies
long-distance moving companies
local moving companies
furniture moving companies

apartment moving services
piano moving
antique moving
fragile item moving
military moving services
portable moving container services
office moving / corporate moving services
auto moving / car transport services
packing services
heavy item moving
full-service moving assistance

Almonte
Bel Marin Keys
Belvedere
Belvedere Tiburon
Black Point
Bolinas
Corte Madera
Dillon Beach
Dogtown
Fairfax
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Greenbrae
Ignacio
Inverness
Kent Woodlands
Kentfield
Lagunitas
Larkspur
Lucas Valley
Marin City
Marinwood
Marshall
Mill Valley
Mission Rafael
Muir Beach
Muir Woods
Nicasio
Novato
Olema
Point Reyes Station
Ross
San Anselmo
San Geronimo
San Marin
San Quentin
San Rafael
Santa Venetia
Sausalito
Sleepy Hollow
Stinson Beach
Strawberry Point
Tamal
Tamalpais Valley
Terra Linda
Tiburon
Tomales
Woodacre

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The following are associations and licencing agencies for moving companies and relocation services.

American Moving and Storage Association (AMSA) (http://www.moving.org/)
California Moving and Storage Association (CMSA) (http://www.thecmsa.org/)
California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) (http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/) California Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) (www.dca.ca.gov)

Department of Transportation (DOT) (www.dot.gov)
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA) (www.fmcsa.dot.gov)
Household Goods Forwarders Association of America (HGFAA) (www.hhgfaa.org/)
International Office Moving Institute (IOMA) (www.officemoves.com)
North American Movers Association (NAMA) (www.namovers.com)
Safety and Electronics Record System (SAFER) (www.safer.fmcsa.dot.gov)

Know What You Want
Knowing What to Ask Yourself Before Hiring a Moving Company in Marin County

After you have done initial research, talk with some local moving companies. Compile a list of questions and use that list when talking to moving companies.

Write down each moving company’s answers. You want to get estimates from only those companies that meet or exceed your expectations. If they don’t give satisfactory answers to your questions, move on to the next company.

You will want to know what you need and expect from your moving company. Have an idea of your timeline and budget, etc.

Here are some questions that you may want to ask:

  • Do I want a Diamond Certified moving company that is rated best in quality and backed by the Diamond Certified Guarantee?
  • Do I want the moving company to pack and move my belongings or just move my belongings?
  • Do they offer shipment tracking?
  • What is my budget for this move?
  • Do they charge for estimates?
  • What is my timeline for moving?
  • What personal and professional characteristics would I like my Marin County moving companyto have such as good communication skills, timeliness, honesty, integrity, and reliability?
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What To Ask In Person
Questions to Ask In Person of Moving Companies in Marin County

Once you have narrowed the field to a few of the best Marin County moving companies, visit a few of these in person to meet their representative. Bring your list of questions and write down each company’s answers.

Questions you might want to ask include these:

  • How long will it take for you to load, move and unload?
  • Can you provide me with 10 references?
  • How long have you been in business?
  • What if some of my household items are damaged during the move?
  • How long will it take you to pack and move my belongings?
  • Will the movers assemble any of the furniture that has been taken apart for the move?
  • What kind of a guarantee do you have?
  • What does the warranty cover?
  • Do you charge for estimates?
  • Do you have liability and workers’ compensation insurance?
  • Will you provide a written contract?
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  • What To Ask References
    Learning About Previous Customers of a Moving Company in Marin County

    It’s best to choose a Diamond Certified moving company because all certified companies have passed an in-depth ratings process that most other companies can’t pass. If you want quality from a moving company in Marin County and the greater Bay Area, you can have confidence choosing a Diamond Certified company.

    Diamond Certified reports are available online for all certified companies. And you’ll never be fooled by fake reviews. That’s because all research is performed in live telephone interviews of actual customers.

    If you can’t find a Diamond Certified moving company within reach, you’ll have to do some research on your own. If you do, it’s wise to call some references provided by your moving company. Keep in mind, though, that references provided to you by the moving company are not equal in value to the large random sample of customers surveyed during the Diamond Certified ratings process.

    That’s because references given to customers from companies are cherry-picked instead of randomly selected from all their customers. So the contractors will likely give you a few customers to call that they know are satisfied.

    If you do call references on your own, specifically ask for a list of the company’s 10 most recent customers. This will help avoid them giving you the names of only customers they know were satisfied.

    • Would you recommend this moving company to your friends and family?
    • Were you satisfied with the service from this moving company?
    • Did they complete your move on time?
    • Did they show up at your home at the designated time?
    • Did they clean up after they completed the move?
    • When you need this work done in the future, will you choose this same company?
    • Did they keep communication with you up to date on the status of your move?
    • If you live in a smaller town such as Ignacio, Inverness, Kent Woodlands and Kentfield, did you have to pay extra for their travel expenses to your home?
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  • Review Your Options
    Consider Your Options for the Best Moving Company for You in Marin County

    The Diamond Certified symbol has been awarded to companies that scored Highest in Quality in an accurate ratings process.

    Your choice of a moving company in Marin County is an important decision. So before deciding on which moving company in Marin County is best for you, it’s important to consider the following questions.

    • Is this estimate within my budget for moving services?
    • Can the moving company in Marin County meet your needs when it comes to scheduling, customer service and experience?
    • Does the moving company offer a written warranty to back up their work?
    • Is the company knowledgeable about moving techniques and the specific needs of my job?
    • Does the moving company offer storage if I am not able to relocate immediately?
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  • How To Work With
    Get Accurate Moving Estimates from Local Relocation Companies

    After you have found a Marin County moving company in Marin County that you can trust, you will have peace of mind as you begin the process of relocating. Knowing that this moving company will take care of your move will allow you to focus your efforts on the other issues that need to be dealt with in the process of moving.

    First, meet with the mover. Use the notes that you have taken so you can accurately describe any concerns that you have. Be as detailed as possible and don’t be in a rush.

    It is as important for you to hear their suggestions and observations as it is for them to hear you. If you don’t understand something, ask for an explanation. You need to completely comprehend the moving plan and any problems or solutions.

    Be sure to get all estimates in writing before any work begins. The estimate should include an itemized list of the cost of supplies and the labor. Don’t ever sign a blank estimate.

    Selecting a Marin County Moving Company and Signing a Contract
    When you feel satisfied with the information you have received from your Marin County moving company and feel like all of your questions have been answered, sign the contract. Be sure that they have a phone number where you can be reached at all times.

    Expect the movers to stay within the estimate, although there are tariffs and other charges that may change at the time of the move. However, if the actual moving costs exceed the original amount of the estimate, they must let you know.

    Ways to Make a Marin County Moving Company’s Task Easier
    Professional movers are able to handle the very small to very large aspects of their work. However, there are some things that you can do to prepare for them and to make their progress with your move go more smoothly and more quickly. Doing these things may even cut down on their labor costs.

    Begin planning and organizing your move as soon as you know you will be moving. Get a notebook and put all important phone numbers in it. Also, you will need to keep track of important documents such as maps or brochures of services, etc. Having everything in one place will help reduce the stress already associated with moving.

    Get rid of household items you don’t want. Don’t pack up every item that you own. Instead, sort through closets, rooms and garages for anything you might want to give or throw away. Everyone collects some junk and now is the time to get rid of it. You might even consider holding a garage sale to help get rid of some of the items you don’t want to move. Moving costs are figured by weight and there’s no point in wasting money shipping things that you don’t want.

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  • Be a Good Customer
    Simple Ways You Can Be a Good Moving Company Customer

    It’s the mover’s responsibility to move you using the best possible techniques. But you play a big part in the success of your move, too.

    Here are a few simple steps you can take to be a good customer when hiring a Marin County mover.

    • Be clear and upfront with the moving company. Let them know what you want from your move, the long-term outcome you’re expecting and specific ways they can satisfy your expectations.
    • Ask your mover if you should call to check on the progress or if he will call you with updates.
    • Be sure your service representative has a phone number where they can reach you at all times while they’re moving. The work will move along more smoothly if your moving company can reach you for any necessary updates, questions or work authorizations.
    • When your contractor contacts you, return calls promptly to keep the moving company on schedule.
    • Pay for the move promptly.
    • Remember, a friendly smile goes a long way.
    • Before you hire a moving company in Marin County, restate your expectations and goals, and reiterate to the moving company’s representative your understanding of the agreement. Most problems with local movers occur because of a breakdown in communication. By being clear about your expectations and theirs, you can avoid most conflicts.

    Why would you want to be a good customer? Moving companies in Marin County appreciate customers who are straightforward, honest and easy to work with.

    Your good customer behavior sets the tone from your end and creates an environment conducive to a good relationship. Things may very well go smoother and any problems may be more easily resolved.

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Check The Work
Use the Inventory List to Check Your Household Items After Your Move

When your move is complete, most movers will give you an invoice that details the completed move.

Your invoice should include these items:

  • The mover’s name, physical address and license number.
  • A list of all services performed.
  • Any applicable warrantees or guarantees provided by the moving company.
  • An itemized list of all the supplies purchased.
  • The total cost for the move including supplies and the amount due for labor.
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Written Warranties
Get Guarantees in Writing From Your Marin County Moving Company

Most good moving companies will offer some time of warranty on the move. All details of the warranty should be provided to you in writing.

This information should include:

  • The moving company’s name and physical address.
  • Which type of warranty you have purchased: full value, released value, declared value
  • Your responsibility if you need to file a claim.
  • Terms, limitations and exclusions.
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Top 10 Requests
Most Popular Marin County Moving Services

The top requests for moving company services in Marin County are listed below.

Dishpack
A dishpack is a box that is specifically designed for packing dishes. It helps prevent breakage.

Full-service Packing
Full-service packing is offered by movers. Full-service packing provides all of the supplies for packing your belongings. This includes boxes, tape and wrap. All of the packing is done by the moving company.

Unpacking Services
Unpacking services are provided by the moving company. The packed items are unpacked by a professional crew.

Full Valuation Protection
Full valuation protection is a comprehensive protection plan for you belongings. It is the most comprehensive coverage.

Shuttle Service
Shuttle service is the use of a smaller vehicle when the residence cannot be reached with the normal moving equipment.

Accessorial Services
Accessorial services are addition moving services that are done by your moving company. These services can include packing, unpacking, and crating. These services cost extra.

Appliance Service
Appliance Service is a service for special packing for electrical appliances. This packing keeps the appliances safe during the move or for shipping.

Storage-in-Transit
Storage-in-transit allows your belongings to be temporarily stored until the scheduled delivery. This is an additional charge.

Storage
Storage is a place where you household items are kept until they need to be moved.

Packing Service
Packing service is a service provided by the moving company to prepare and pack your household items for the move. This is done by a professional crew.

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Glossary Of Terms
Glossary of Terms for Local Moving Companies

additional moving services
Additional moving services are added services that you need to have done such as packing or unpacking. There may be additional charges for additional services.

Also known as: accessorial moving services

advanced charges
Advanced charges are related to moving services that are not performed by the moving company but by a third party. These charges are usually added to your moving company’s charges.

Also known as: advanced charge

agent
Agents represent moving companies and act on behalf of them.

Also known as: moving agents

appliance service
Appliance service is the work done for electrical appliances to keep them safe during shipping.

bill of lading
Bill of lading is the contract and the receipt for your moved items. Don’t sign the bill of lading if there is anything you disagree with.

Also known as: order number

bulky items
Bulky items are items that have a low weight compared to its size such as a camper or golf cart. These items cost extra.

carrier
The carrier is the mover that will be transporting your household items.

Also known as: mover, moving company

claim
A claim is a statement of loss or damage that has occurred to your household items while they were in your mover’s care.

C.O.D.
C.O.D. is when payment is required at the time of delivery. This is usually when a private shipper delivers to a destination and then payment is required at the delivery.

Also known as: cash on delivery

declared valuation
Declared valuation is the amount of value of your household items that are being shipped.

Also known as: declared value

dishpack
A dishpack is a box that is specifically used for packing dishes.

Also known as: dishpacks

driver
Driver is the driver or operator of your moving truck and also may be the supervisor of the move including the loading and unloading, etc.

expedited service
Expedited service is an arrangement with the moving company to do the move by a set date.

Also known as: expedited moving

full service moving company
Full service moving companies are those that provide all services required for a successful move, including packing, loading, moving, unpacking/belonging delivery.

full-service packing
Full-service packing will provide the packing and includes all of the supplies such as boxes needed for the packing.

Also known as: full-service moving

gross weight
Gross weight is the weight of the moving truck after your household goods have been loaded.

guaranteed pickup and delivery service
Guaranteed pickup and delivery service is a guaranteed date of service and if the mover does not meet the guaranteed date they will provide some type of reimbursement.

high value article
High value articles are items that are being moved which are valued at more than $100 per pound.

Also known as: high value articles

inventory
Inventory is a list of your household items. This list will give a description and also note the condition of each item.

long distance moving company
Long distance moving companies are those that move households and businesses over long distances. Some long distance carriers are affiliated with national van lines or international shipping companies, which allow them to provide service across state lines and internationally.

Also known as: long distance moving companies

moving company
A moving company is the company that arranges and conducts the transport of your household items to a new location.

Also known as: mover

moving company prices
Moving company prices are the prices charged by the moving company and may be specific to that company.

Also known as: moving company price

moving process
Moving process is the process or course of moving including plans, packing, loading, unloading, etc.

order for service
Order for service authorizes the moving company to transport your household items.

packed by owner
Packed by owner simply means that you will be doing all of the packing for your move. A driver does have the right to inspect boxes that he/she does not feel are packed safely.

Also known as: PBO

peak season rates
Peak season rates are the charges that may be charged during the summer months when the line haul charges are higher.

pickup and delivery charge
Pickup and delivery charges are charges that are for taking your shipment between the storage in transit and your home.

Also known as: pickup and delivery charges

shuttle service
Shuttle service is the use of a smaller vehicle when the residence cannot be reached with the normal moving equipment.

Also known as: auxiliary service, shuttle truck

storage-in-transit
Storage-in-transit is the temporary storage of your belongings waiting on further transportation. There may be a maximum total for days of storage

Also known as: SIT

valuation
Valuation is how much your shipment is worth. This is an important figure because it will help determine what restitution is paid if there is any damage or loss of items during the move.

Also known as: value

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Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions for Professional Moving Companies

Q: Why choose a Diamond Certified moving company?
A:Diamond Certified helps you choose a moving company with confidence by offering a list of top-rated local companies who have passed the country’s most in-depth rating process. Only moving companies rated Highest in Quality earn the prestigious Diamond Certified award. Most companies can’t pass the ratings. American Ratings Corporation also monitors every Diamond Certified company with ongoing research and ratings. And your purchase is backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee . So you’ll feel confident choosing a Diamond Certified moving company.

Q: When should I call and arrange for a moving company?
A: As soon as you know you are going to move is the best time to call. The more lead time you give the company, the more probability they will be able to move you at your requested time. Most companies want to comply with your dates. If your moving time is critical because of other factors such as an expiration of a lease, you may need to choose an extra-cost service.

Q: How does a binding estimate work?
A: A binding estimate is the cost of service given in advance of the move. This estimate is only valid for the specified time. If you add additional services, there will be an additional charge.

Q: Is there a good time of year to move?
A: Most movers would tell you the best time to choose is any other time than summer, the holidays, or the end of the month. During these times moving equipment is in high demand. However, the choice is really up to you and you need to factor in other issues for your family such as school periods and if the family will need to be separated.

Q: Should I get an in-person estimate from local movers?
A: Most movers can give you an approximate cost by knowing the size of your house. However, to get a really accurate estimate, the moving company will need to actually survey your household items that need to be moved. These estimates are only estimates and there may be additional charges such as charges for distance and weight of shipment.

Q: Are my household items protected against damage while they are being transported?
A: Yes, but there are different protections to choose from. Depending upon the program you choose, you can have full value coverage to a released rate.

Q: What if items are damaged by the moving company in-transit or during packing or unpacking?
A: If the damage is visible at the time of unloading, let the driver know immediately. Also, contact the moving company and make them aware of the damage. The moving company will tell you how to file a claim. Do not throw away any damaged item until your claim has been finalized.

Q: When will the inventory of my household goods happen?
A: The inventory should take place right before the loading. Notes will be made of all of your furniture and household items that may have damage already or show wear. You will also have the opportunity to add anything to the notes that you feel is applicable.

When the inventory is complete, the paperwork will be signed by the mover and by you. Be sure that the notes are correct. Your copy and the bill of lading will be given to you. You will need these when you receive your household goods.

When your shipment arrives, you will ned to check the inventory with the items being delivered. Keep track of damages and notify the driver. After the unloading, you will need to sign the inventory. Do not sign if you are not sure of any of the items.

Q: Is it necessary for me to be present for the whole move?
A: It is important for you to be there or that you designate someone to be there. You need to have a responsible party there who can sign the paperwork and do a walk through of the house when everything is loaded. It is important that nothing gets left behind.

Q: How many estimates should I get?
A: An estimate is not an exact number but an educated guess of how much the moving company expects your move to cost. This is based on the items you need to have moved and the fees they movers have to pay and the distance. It is recommended that you have three different companies give you an estimate so you can compare movers, their services their rates.

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