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About Mentors Moving & Storage

Mentors Moving & Storage was founded on the principles of hard work, superior customer service and an eagerness for community involvement. Mentors Moving & Storage has humble beginnings and was founded in 2006 by JR March. With a wealth of moving knowledge and experience, JR broke from the large national chain of moving companies to start out on his own. After several years of hard work, and excellent customer service JR decided to try his hand in other ventures, and set off for greener pastures. At that time the company was sold to Jesse Lovan and Chris Shipp. Under new this new partnership Mentors Moving & Storage was able to offer an even higher level of customer service.

The People behind Mentors Moving & Storage

Jesse Lovan was born in Fountain Valley, California just a little over 100 miles south of Bakersfield, CA. Jesse’s family moved to Bakersfield, CA at the age of 4 years old where he attended and completed his childhood education. Jesse graduated in the top 5% of his class in 2002 from Liberty High School where he was involved in student government and many sports during that time. Jesse also received several academic scholarships during his time in high school. After high school Jesse attended Bakersfield College while working construction during his off time. Once college was finished, he went on to a career in sales and marketing. In 2010 Jesse Lovan and Chris Shipp devised a plan to go into business together. No stranger to hard work, Chris and Jesse set out on the journey to become a successful moving and storage business. Now almost 10 years later, Jesse operates one of the largest moving and storage businesses in the county. Jesse enjoys traveling with his wife and family when not working. Now as a pillar of the local community Jesse, Chris and Smooth Move try to give back to their local communities wherever possible.

Chris Shipp was born and raised in Bakersfield, California and is proud to call it home. He attended Rio Bravo Greeley from kindergarten through 8th grade and then went to Liberty High School where he played football. Chris and his team won the first section championship of school history. After finishing high school at Liberty, Chris continued his education and football at Bakersfield College. After graduation, he decided that it was best to help run his grandparents farm. That lasted about 4 years until they sold it and retired. Chris wasn’t exactly sure yet, which way he wanted to take his career path, so he decided to get into sales. He knew that sales would be a great foundation for his future in business. After a couple of years of sales, Jesse and Chris had the opportunity to start their own company. Both knew, they wanted to be in business for themselves for a long time and they now finally had the chance. It was humble beginnings of very long days with no free time, but as they were grinding through the dog days of summer, Chris and Jesse knew that if they kept putting their customers first and doing a great job it would finally pay off. Now they instill the same beliefs into their Mentors Moving & Storage employees. Chris continues to follow his passion of football coaching at Garces High School for the last 10 years. Chris’ favorite hobbies are snowboarding, Mountain biking, anything outdoors, and helping out the community any way he can. Last but certainly not least Chris’ greatest joy of all is being a husband to his beautiful wife and father to two amazing girls.

Our Mission at Mentors Moving & Storage

Mentors Moving & Storage hold its self to higher standards. We do this by employing only the best and most skilled movers and personnel. Most of all we make sure that they are trustworthy, hard working, and in good standing with the community. Secondly, we really do care about your move and you will see the difference from the very first point of contact. You will never be treated as just another job, no matter how big or how small. Most of all, we are honest and upfront in all aspects of your move from first consultation to your final bill. Never any hidden fees or surcharges. Mentors Moving & Storage is licensed with the CA Public Utilities Commission, and you should always beware of rogue/unlicensed movers offering low ball pricing!

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  • Our moving experience was fantastic. Jose, Brandon and Vincent were phenomenal. They were very careful with all of our stuff and worked so hard to get it all into our house. They worked for nearly 9 hours... read more

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    Mrs. L.
    10/02/2019

    Smooth moves is the best moving company . Nick and Brandon were awesome . They were very kind and extremely professional. They helped us with our packing and the did a incredible job.
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    Wendy M.
    10/12/2019

    JR was absolutely fabulous! We were moving out of town and required him to go to a location while we were not there and take care of emptying two storage boxes for us. I authorized his access and he took... read more

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    Lara V.
    9/25/2019

    This is the third time that I have used smooth move and they have been nothing short of fantastic. I actually requested the same two gentlemen my last two moves and they made the experience even better. I would highly... read more

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    P.K. Z.
    10/02/2019
  • They were worth the money! On time, professional, and friendly. This was an internal move at our business offices, and they were careful and speedy. They understood the scope of the job along with the many variables of what goes... read more

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    Karen D.
    10/21/2019

    Smooth Move is the best! They moved us cross country and we couldn't have been happier with them. On time, professional, easy to work with. Nothing was a problem for them. We would highly recommend them. Carlos was the lead... read more

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    Randy A
    10/03/2019

    I was very impressed with Keith’s professional demeanor and flexibility to work with my challenges of my new home closing date changing. All the men moving me were awesome and careful with all my furniture and belongings. I would recommended... read more

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    Google U.
    1/02/2020

    You hear stories about moving companies so we approached this with trepidation. It was our first move that wasn’t do it ourself. Well, we didn’t have to worry. These folks were great. They did what they said they would do... read more

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    Susan R.
    1/14/2020
  • The move went more smoothly the we could have imagined. Both men who moved us are to be commended for their efficiency as well as their moving skills. We will definitely recommend Smooth Move to anyone in need of a... read more

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    Google U.
    1/16/2020

    5 star ratingWhat can I say other than they are true to their name "Smooth Move". Keith came to our home and gave us a fair and BINDING QUOTE!On 11/14/19, Joe, Daniel and Ryan showed up 2 minutes early of our... read more

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    Elaine L.
    11/16/2019

    5 star ratingThanks to the team at Smooth Move USA for accomadating me as I had to move within a couple days of confirming the quote. I want to say a special thank you to Nick and Eric who were amazing!... read more

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    Suny O.
    10/19/2019

    5 star ratingGreat move and great company!! Our move from Bakersfield to Arroyo Grande was completed with no issues and was completed quickly as planned. Louis and crew were on time, packed everything up nicely, and transported it the next morning. Unloaded... read more

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    Jerry S.
    1/29/2020
  • I use this company for the second time they are reasonable careful responsible may be little late BUT they always make it right . That is customer service. Hadley is someone you can depend on the two movers i meet... read more

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    King H.
    1/28/2020

    The guys from Smooth Move in Santa Rosa are great. My move cost less than the estimate quoted and the movers were careful and efficient. I had a couple of extra wooden shelves which they
    even moved for free.
    I...
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    Li L.
    2/07/2020

    5 star ratingI had an awesome experience. Lind and Joseph were my movers, and they were wonderful! Fast, courteous, polite, and had an all around happy and fun disposition!!I definitely reccomend this company!!p.s. they do... read more

    Julia K. Avatar
    Julia K.
    1/23/2020

    5 star ratingKen and Ramon were awesome! Super professional and handled all of our stuff great! Will definitely hire Dignity again for our next move.

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    Jay F.
    1/03/2020
  • 5 star ratingI hired Dignity Movers last minute to unload a perviously packed apartment. They were very professional from start to finish in every aspect. My movers, Ken and Joseph were awesome! They were on time, friendly, fast, courteous... read more

    Anamarie S. Avatar
    Anamarie S.
    12/15/2019

    5 star ratingThese guys are amazing! I requested a quote from them late at night to bring a ton of furniture and other items to a Goodwill the next day. They responded with a quote and had all my stuff out of... read more

    Toni M. Avatar
    Toni M.
    11/15/2019

    5 star ratingGreat company! Fast, friendly & reliable. 3 man crew unloaded my parents 16' POD and staged it in their third story condo in less than 2 hours. Will definitely use again on my next move.

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    Romar N.
    10/23/2019

    Excellent! Very friendly and hardworking people! I would recommend them highly and would definitely use them again!!

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    Frank
    10/23/2019
  • These are the best movers by far! Courteous, careful, and quick! They were a reasonable price and we couldn't be happier. 🙂

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    Sarah
    10/13/2019

    Great group of guys and great customer service. Moving can be quite stressful and traumatic at times, but these guys know what they are doing. They allow you to be the boss for the whole duration of the move (my... read more

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    Sitizen K.
    2/26/2020

    Smooth Move was so flexible with us when we had to change our moving date more than once! We loved our movers, they were so fun and had such positive attitudes. They worked so hard and fast and... read more

    Mylissa D. Avatar
    Mylissa D.
    3/19/2020

    Great group of guys and great customer service. Moving can be quite stressful and traumatic at times, but these guys know what they are doing. They allow you to be the boss for the whole duration of the move (my... read more

    Gary C. Avatar
    Gary C.
    2/26/2020
  • Professiona, fast and careful.

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    David A.
    9/30/2019

    5 star ratingThis team was really great when it came to my moving. I live alone and can't do the move alone. It all started when I called to receive a quote. It was a great experience from the get go because... read more

    Rye M. Avatar
    Rye M.
    4/22/2020

    5 star ratingGreat job moving my hot tub! They adjusted the time for me on the last minute to accommodate a delayed delivery. Arrived timely and carried my hot tub to the backyard! Friendly and courteous service, exceeded my expectations!

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    Debbi C.
    2/27/2020

    5 star ratingWe had an amazing experience from start to finish! Our team of 3 were professional, courteous and spent almost 10 hrs moving our 3-bedroom home without complaints. I think it took longer than they had anticipated but they... read more

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    Nate E.
    2/13/2020
  • Ken and Joseph did a great job. Accomplish what took myself and 3 friends two days in 7 hours. Which included a one hour drive to our new home. Excellent service!

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    Douglas R.
    12/16/2019

    These guys are the best movers by far! On time, careful, considerate, and friendly. I will use them for all my loves from now on. They finished an hour early too. Highly recommend Dignity Moving!!

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    Sarah H.
    10/12/2019

    Our movers were very friendly. They pad the doors and lay a mat on the ground so they don’t damage your house. We felt safe knowing that the company is licensed, bonded, and insured. They did drop some of our... read more

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    Nathan W.
    12/30/2019

    Just moved this morning with Dignity Moving. Lynn, Jay and Joseph were the BEST!!! Treated my antique furniture with the utmost care and went above and beyond what I could have expected!!!

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    Carmen H.
    10/18/2019
  • Did an amazing job with my house move. I bid out the services with four different companies and had a quick move (within 3 weeks) and Daniel was the first to respond and the most thorough with his bid. The... read more

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    Gary G.
    4/09/2020

    Did a great job. Broke one mirror moving my 4000 sq ft house but immediately told me about it. Worked around my schedule, had sales guy come out and talk me through everything. Then we had a snag,... read more

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    Chris H.
    5/06/2020

    Hardworking crew!...They dont try to milk the clock. Great value!

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    Carlos U.
    4/12/2020

    JR's ability to make the process of a stressful situation is extremely fluid, he's taken the proper precautions to ensure a safe move giving you the confidence you need.

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    Chrysti K.
    5/20/2020
  • 5 star ratingDid a local move in May of 2020 and Mentors Moving and Storage was great to work with. Did a local move in May of 2020. Alex and Joseph did a great job!! (hopefully I got their... read more

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    Jonathan P.
    6/01/2020

    These guys were great! Very timely, nice, professional and we loved their mentor program part of their service. Daniel was a fantastic lead, and Jose and Elejon treated each item with care, worked efficiently and got everything done without skipping... read more

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    Rachel K.
    6/07/2020

    5 star ratingI would definitely use Mentors Moving for all my moves! The movers I had (Ramon and Francisco) were on time, friendly, and got the job done in less than 4 hours. I moved from a 2 Bedroom apartment to another... read more

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    Amanda S.
    6/22/2020

    We had the Mentors team out today and I’m so happy with their service. Their reviews were spot on. Excellent service, careful, friendly and reliable. Their quote was accurate and was well worth it.

    Thank you team. Shout out to...
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    Allie D.
    6/23/2020