The Top Advantages of Working with a Professional Storage Company

When putting your items into storage, it can be tempting to just plunk it all down in a self-storage unit and call it a day. After all, what more do you need than a large closet with a lock on it? Self-storage lets you come and go as you please, so long as you keep paying your rent. But why struggle with moving and storing your items on your own when you could trust a full-service professional storage and moving company to do it for you? Full-service storage companies like Big Foot Moving & Storage, Inc. offer a variety of services to make the moving and storage process easier for you.

Advantage #1: Preventing Damage

Full-service companies like Big Foot Moving & Storage, Inc. will not only come to you to pick up the items going into storage, but they also will properly pack your items for you. This means that you have a team of moving and storage professionals on your side, equipped with all the right supplies to make sure none of your belonging are damaged during the move. They will even take an inventory of the items being put into storage, assessing their state so that any damages can be detected.

Advantage #2: Climate Control

One common problem with self-storage units is that they are not climate-controlled. In fact, far from it: it is not uncommon for units to suffer major temperatures fluctuations as well as water damage and related issues. Professional storage and moving companies take pride in their storage facilities, making sure that your belongings are always in a climate-controlled environment for better preservation.

Advantage #3: Greater Security

Professional storage and moving companies can provide greater safety and security for your belongings in comparison to self-service units. With self-storage, anyone with the code can access large portions of the storage facility at almost any time. This opens up the risk of break-ins and theft. With professional storage facilities like Big Foot Moving & Storage, Inc., your possessions will be kept safely under lock and key where only team members can access them. In the event that you need to access your belongings, your storage professionals will pull the requested items for you.

Professional Storage: The Better Choice

Full-service professional storage companies provide services well beyond what any self-storage unit can imagine. With a team of professionals on your side, you can ensure the safekeeping of your possessions for the long-term. The team at Big Foot Moving & Storage, Inc. put your needs first, changing the face of storage from a dark closet to a professionally serviced, high performance facility.

3 Ways to Prepare Your Furniture for Storage

It is critical to properly pack and protect your furniture to avoid any damage while in storage. These three easy tips from the full-service storage professionals at Big Foot Moving & Storage, Inc. can help you pack your furniture efficiently to maintain its current condition in storage.

Engage a Professional

The best thing you can do to prevent damage to your furniture is hire a professional. The team at Big Foot Moving & Storage, Inc. is trained in the best ways to prepare your furniture to prevent damage. Don’t hire an unlicensed company; always check to make sure they are certified to work with your valuable furniture.

Choose the Right Materials

Bubble wrap and plastic wrap, as well as blankets, are your best friends when it comes to protecting furniture in storage. You or your full-service moving professionals should thoroughly wrap all furniture before it is moved and put into storage. Blankets or furniture pads should be placed over tables to prevent scratching, and all furniture legs and corners should be wrapped in bubble wrap. Plastic wrap or blankets can be used to protect upholstery from rips and stains in the moving process.

Be Picky

Don’t just store your furniture anywhere. This means two things: first, you should not simply load your furniture into a self-storage unit where it will be exposed to variable temperatures and fluctuating humidity. Second, when loading furniture into a storage unit, be careful about where it is located relative to other possessions. For example, gardening supplies next to wood furniture is just asking for damage to happen. If you choose a team of moving and storage professionals, they will apply their expertise to properly organize your furniture in storage.

Contact Big Foot Moving & Storage

If you have additional questions about our storage services, please contact us. A friendly member of our team is happy to answer all of your questions.

Statement from Big Foot Moving & Storage, Inc. President and CEO Mike Bavuso

Today, one of our trucks was stopped for a routine vehicle inspection while delivering a military personnel shipment to the Hanscom Air Force Base. The security forces at the gate detected some materials on the exterior of a lift van that they felt required additional investigation causing a temporary closure of the Vanderberg Route 2A Gate and an evacuation of nearby facilities. Big Foot Moving & Storage employees and company personnel complied with all request of state, federal and military authorities managing the inspection and investigation. Our vehicle and personnel have been cleared and we are thankful that the incident has been resolved. We assure our customers that we take this matter very seriously. The safety of our crew, customers and their goods is of utmost importance to us. We thank all the authorities and military personnel for their thoroughness and their commitment to protecting our country every day.

Big Foot Moving & Storage, Inc. Earns Esteemed 2014 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service.

Big Foot Moving & Storage, Inc. has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2014. Since 2009, this is Big Foot’s 6th consecutive year of winning the award.

Big Foot Moving & Storage, Inc. is a full service moving and storage company based in metro Boston, providing local and long distance services for residential, commercial, and government customers. President & CEO, Mike Bavuso, expressed his gratitude for this award, “We aim to provide exceptional customer service so it has been an honor to be recognized since 2009 with the Angie’s List Super Service Award because it is based on true feedback from the consumer. We understand the stress involved in moving and we do our best to build relationships with our clients”.

“Only about 5 percent of the moving and storage companies in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts have performed so consistently well enough to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a really high standard.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2014 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.

About Big Foot Moving & Storage, Inc.

Big Foot Moving & Storage, Inc. is a full service moving and storage company based in metro Boston, providing local and long distance services for residential, commercial, and government customers. Since its inception in 2001, Big Foot Moving & Storage, Inc. has garnered many awards for exceptional service including American Moving & Storage Association’s Enterprise Award for Small Movers 2014, Angie’s List Super Service Award 2009 through 2014, Cambridge Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year Award 2009, and Arlington Chamber of Commerce People’s Choice Award 2010. The company maintains an A+ rating on the Better Business Bureau with tremendous feedback from its customers. Big Foot Moving & Storage, Inc. is fully licensed and insured as well as a GSA Contract Holder (# GS-33F-035AA) for Schedule 48. In addition to local and long distance moving, Big Foot Moving & Storage, Inc. offers packing and unpacking services, short and long term storage, box pick-up and delivery, employee relocations, move management, antique receivership, and kitchen cabinet distribution. For more information, please call 781-488-3090 or visit www.bigfootmoving.com

Big Foot Moving & Storage Inc. Wins AMSA’s Enterprise Award

Big Foot Moving & Storage Inc. of Arlington, Mass., is the winner of the 2014 Enterprise Award, presented to an outstanding small independent mover by the American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA), the national trade association for the professional moving and storage industry.

The Enterprise Award reflects AMSA’s and the industry’s commitment to recognizing outstanding performance among small, independent movers, which can be demonstrated in a variety of ways, including community service, employee relations, innovative operations, and/or exceptional customer service practices. The award honors AMSA mover members with less than $3 million in annual gross revenues and fewer than 25 employees. The recipient is selected by a panel of industry experts.

Big Foot is a successful small business that has earned excellent reviews from customers, including an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. In addition, Big Foot has been a recipient of the Angie’s List Super Service Award every year since 2009.

Big Foot gives back to the community in a number of important ways, such as donating time and equipment to transport food each month to the local food pantry. Big Foot’s commitment to the environment includes a fleet of late model trucks that use diesel exhaust fluid to reduce emissions. Reusable crates are used on all office relocations to reduce waste, and customers are offered gently used moving boxes for a more environmentally responsible relocation. In addition, customers’ unwanted goods and furnishings are donated to those in need.

“It is incredibly exciting to be recognized by my peers across this industry for our business practices and community involvement,” said Mike Bavuso, President and CEO of Big Foot Moving & Storage Inc. “The American Moving & Storage Association is a terrific organization to be a part of, and I am honored to accept this award. I am very proud of my Big Foot team.”

“Congratulations to Big Foot for their success as an enterprising small mover that makes a big impact on the community,” said AMSA Acting President and CEO Scott Michael. “This company has set high standards for the rest of the industry, and I’m pleased to see an AMSA member recognized for their commitment to service. Big Foot is also a proud participant in AMSA’s ProMover program, which helps consumers easily identify a quality, professional mover.”

Each year AMSA recognizes the best performing and highest achieving individuals and companies in the industry. The awards program receives many impressive nominations reflecting the dedication and diversity of the business sector. Recipients have made significant contributions and enhanced the image of the moving and storage industry through hard work, dedication to customer service, and commitment to quality practices.

All awards will be presented during AMSA’s 96th Annual Education Conference & Expo in Orlando, February 8-11, 2015.


For Immediate Release: January 16, 2015

Contact: Mike Keaton, Director of Public Relations
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Big Foot Moving & Storage, Inc. secured AMSA’s Enterprise Award for Small Movers

December 29, 2014 – Big Foot Moving & Storage, Inc. announces its achievement of the American Moving & Storage Association’s Enterprise Award for Small Movers 2014.

The company is recognized for exemplary work in consumer and community benefits, employee benefits, industry contributions through innovation, an enhanced industry image, overcoming challenges by altering operations and practices, developing an unique and successful approach to conducting business, and business practices that address social and economic issues.

New offerings and innovations contribute to the attainment of the Enterprise Award for Small Movers and overall company success. Big Foot Moving & Storage is a Penske Truck Agent so it may offer customers a greater array of services. Additionally Big Foot Moving & Storage secured a GSA schedule, which allows it to perform Federal office relocations and expand its scope as an independent mover.

Technology plays a key role in improving operational efficiency and accessibility for its customers. The sales team is equipped with iPads for all estimates so they may generate specific surveys during site walkthroughs. Also, customers may choose to pay their bills securely via credit card on Big Foot movers’ company issued smartphones.

The leadership at Big Foot Moving & Storage is committed to its people and realizes the importance of work-life balance. It offers a great benefits program including subsidized gym memberships, flexible schedules for students, and awards and recognitions. Big Foot is passionate about fostering a winning team; one that is loyal, respectful, and fun. As such, employees enjoy the passionate sports town of Boston with Celtics tickets throughout the season.

The organization’s environmental commitment includes a fleet of late model trucks using Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) to reduce emissions. Reusable plastic crates are utilized on all office relocations to ensure a seamless transition for the business, as well as a reduction in waste for the environment. Big Foot offers customers gently used moving boxes if they are interested in a more environmentally responsible relocation. Big Foot Moving & Storage will return to the job site, free of charge, after its customers are unpacked to collect boxes for future use.

Big Foot Moving & Storage takes pride in its community and strives to give back whenever possible. It partners with the Arlington MA Food Pantry by donating time and equipment to transport 15,000 lbs of food on a monthly basis. Mike Bavuso, Big Foot President and CEO, and other team members fundraise for the not-for-profit Community Servings, an organization that prepares and delivers meals to individuals and families who are homebound with life threatening illnesses. On a continuous basis, Big Foot donates office supplies, furniture, and household goods to local schools, non-profit groups, and others in need in the area. Furthermore, it donates labor, trucking, and storage to local community groups such the Zonta Club, The Children’s Room, Arlington Youth Baseball & Softball Association, and Arthritis Foundation.

The American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA) is a nonprofit national association for the full-service, professional moving and storage industry. It has more than 4,000 member companies across the United States and internationally. Its mission is to represent the interest of its members while educating and helping customers understand the value of professional moving services.

Big Foot Moving & Storage will be honored during AMSA’s 96th Annual Education Conference & Expo in Orlando, Florida February 8 – 11, 2015. Big Foot’s president and CEO, Mike Bavuso, is humbled by this recognition. “It is incredibly exciting to be recognized by my peers across this industry not only for our excellent customer service but our new business strategies, positive and fun work environment for our people, and community involvement.”

About Big Foot Moving & Storage, Inc.

Big Foot Moving & Storage, Inc. is a full service moving and storage company based in metro Boston, providing local and long distance services for residential, commercial, and government customers. Since its inception in 2001, Big Foot Moving & Storage, Inc. has garnered many awards for exceptional service including American Moving & Storage Association’s Enterprise Award for Small Movers 2014, Angie’s List Super Service Award 2009 through 2014, Cambridge Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year Award 2009, and Arlington Chamber of Commerce People’s Choice Award 2010. The company maintains an A+ rating on the Better Business Bureau with tremendous feedback from its customers. Big Foot Moving & Storage, Inc. is fully licensed and insured as well as a GSA Contract Holder (# GS-33F-035AA) for Schedule 48. In addition to local and long distance moving, Big Foot Moving & Storage, Inc. offers packing and unpacking services, short and long term storage, box pick-up and delivery, employee relocations, move management, antique receivership, and kitchen cabinet distribution. For more information, please call 781-488-3090 or visit www.bigfootmoving.com

Big Foot Moving & Storage delivers 3000+lbs of food to Arlington Food Pantry.

August 20, 2014 – Mike Bavuso, President of Big Foot Moving & Storage, Inc. delivered 3000+ pounds of food to the Arlington Food Pantry. The much needed shipment was sourced from the Greater Boston Food Bank. Since its start in 1990, the Arlington Food Pantry has distributed to thousands of Arlington families. The Arlington Food Pantry is entirely run and financially subsidized by donors. Big Foot was pleased to assist a tremendous organization within its own community and would encourage others to consider volunteer opportunities. For more information about Arlington Food Pantry volunteer needs contact: alewis@town.arlington.ma.us.

Big Foot sighting at annual Zonta rummage sale

Big Foot Moving and Storage is proud to support the Zonta Club of Arlington’s annual rummage sale. The Zonta’s annual benefit raises money for the Arlington Food Pantry, First Step, The Children’s Room, Tremendous Hearts and Youth Villages (formerly Germaine Lawrence School for Girls).

The Zonta Club of Arlington’s annual rummage sale is being held on Saturday, April 26, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Arlington Senior Center, 27 Maple St.

Shop for new, gently used and vintage items of all kinds, including:

  • Jewelry
  • Art and decorative items
  • Lamps and a variety of household items
  • Books, CDs and DVDs
  • Clothing for men, women and children

For more information about the Arlington Zonta’s click here.

Big Foot Moving celebrates with Community Servings

We had the privilege of celebrating another successful year with Community Servings last week. Big Foot Moving & Storage, Inc. was honored to be part of the top pie selling team, Pie It Forward, with over 1,200 pies sold and more than $33,000 raised! Big Foot’s president, Mike Bavuso, personally sold 454 pies and raised $12,000. Mike solidified the #2 spot of pie sellers overall for the entire fundraiser. Community Servings is an exceptional organization and their annual fundraiser, Pie In the Sky, supports our neighbors suffering from critical illnesses and their families. To learn more, please visit http://www.pieinthesky.org/event/pies/pie101.cfm.

Big Foot Moving & Storage, Inc. Earns Esteemed 2013 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service.

Big Foot Moving & Storage, Inc. has again earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the consumer review service in 2013. Since 2009, this is Big Foot’s 5th consecutive year of winning the award.

Big Foot Moving & Storage, Inc. is a full service moving and storage company based in metro Boston, providing local and long distance services for residential, commercial, and government customers. President & CEO, Mike Bavuso, expressed his gratitude for this award, “We aim to provide exceptional customer service so it has been an honor to be recognized since 2009 with the Angie’s List Super Service Award because it is based on true feedback from the consumer. We understand the stress involved in moving and we do our best to build relationships with our clients”.

“Only about 5 percent of the companies Big Foot Moving & Storage, Inc. competes with in New England area are able to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a mark of consistently great customer service.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2013 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, have a fully complete profile, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality. Members can find the 2013 Super Service Award logo next to company names in search results on AngiesList.com.