Pie It Forward 2011 is Community Services Top Pie-Selling Team

Big Foot Moving & Storage, Inc. helps Team Pie It Forward Raises $25,645 for Community Servings “Pie In The Sky”

Thanks to the generous support of family, friends, colleagues, and clients, Team Pie It Forward sold 921 pies and raised $25,645 for the “Pie in the Sky” annual bake sale held by Community Servings. Mike Bavuso, President of Big Foot Moving & Storage, Inc., sold 338 pies and raised $9,410.00 alone.

From late October to several days before Thanksgiving, “Pie In The Sky” raised a record-breaking total over $538,000 with 15,000 pies sold by hundreds of volunteers. Proud to be the #1 Pie-Selling Team for 2011, Pie It Forward members include: Mike Bavuso, Tamela Roche, Karen Coleman, Patrick Dwyer, Kathy Wentworth, Brian Jurgens, Margaret Kelley, Brooke Kavoogian, Joseph Aceto, Janet Picinich, and Walker Christie.

Team Pie It Forward joined hundreds of volunteers to box pies at Pie Central and Big Foot Moving & Storage, Inc. donated two days of moving services to deliver thousands of pies. The Big Foot Moving & Storage, Inc. crew made deliveries to pick-up locations in greater Boston. Some of our pie clients include ARIAD Pharmaceuticals Inc., Davidson Management, Cambridge Offset Printing, Meadhall, Leader Bank, The Appraisers Group, Advance Auto Center, Sirois Electric, Patriot Financial Group, Barkan Management at One First Condominiums, and Porcini’s.

Since 1990, Community Servings is a free, home-delivered meals program for the acutely ill, their families, and their caregivers throughout 200 square miles of Massachusetts battling 35 types of illnesses which include HIV/AIDS, Cancer, Lupus, MS and Diabetes. The founding goals of Community Servings are to help clients maintain health and dignity; to provide nutritionally and culturally appropriate meals; to preserve the integrity of their family… and send the message that someone cares.

Local Effort, Global Impact: Boston area resid

Big Foot Moving & Storage, Inc. Sponsors Full Moon Margarita Madness

Margarita’s Restaurant in Waltham
Saturday, June 26
4:00 pm – 12:00 am

Every month at Margaritas Restaurant, on the night of the full moon, a really big party is thrown and crazy things happen. Throughout the evening the lounge is piled high with giveaways, contests, flavorful specials, and lots of fun and excitement. You could win anything and everything—t-shirts, gift certificates, ski passes, skydiving and rafting trips, snowboards, and more! You have to see it to believe it! Even better, 5% of the evening’s gross lounge sales are donated to a local charity. This quarter, Big Foot Moving & Storage, Inc. of Arlington, MA will sponsor this event with proceeds benefiting “Our Place” a day care program run by the Salvation Army of Cambridge and Kid’s F.e.a.s.t., a free after school drop in program run by the Salvation Army of Waltham. Help support this great cause by joining Big Foot Moving & Storage on June 26th for the next Full Moon Margarita Madness and see what all the excitement is about! Special appearance by the Dark Knight during Kid’s Moon Madness, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm.

About “Our Place”

“Our Place” Child Care Program for Homeless Children: “Our Place”, is a licensed child care provider, offering free child care for children age 3 months to 7 years, whose families are living in local homeless shelters (including both family shelters and shelters for families victimized by domestic violence). Child care services are furnished from 8:30 AM to 3:15 PM. Children in the child care program participate in structured activities, and receive free snacks and lunch. Children in need of medical care may be seen at an on-site health clinic.

About KID’S F.E.A.S.T.

Offered Monday – Thursday from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm. For children in Grades 1-8.
Kid’s F.E.A.S.T. is a free after-school drop-in program which seeks to address deficiencies in the support system of under-privileged children in a safe, structured, nurturing environment. It is a feeding program with numerous components: (Food, Education, Activities, Spiritual, Teaching), all of which strengthens their social skills. We offer different electives such as music, arts and age appropriate clubs. Attendance averages 50 children per day.

Making the Most of March Madness

Big Foot Moving & Storage, Inc. donates services to Special Olympics’ BioBall

Big Foot Moving & Storage, Inc., a full service moving and storage company based in metro Boston, recently took part in BioBall on March 27, 2010. BioBall is a basketball tournament involving 16 local biotech and pharmaceutical companies and 16 Special Olympics basketball teams. The participating companies organize basketballs teams that are paired with local Special Olympics teams to form an integrated team. The 16 combined teams are divided in to two divisions and compete in both individual and 5-5 competition. A championship game determines the winner of BioBall at the end of the day.

The event is sponsored by all providers that support the local biotech community. All of the proceeds benefit Special Olympics Massachusetts. Teams included Archemix, Alnylam, CombinatoRx, Infinity, Genzyme, Momenta, Novartis, PAREXEL, Sepracor, and others. Big Foot donated its services to assist in the set-up and break-down of this dynamic event. “Big Foot has been actively involved in previous Special Olympics events and wouldn’t miss a chance to support such a great cause on the courts,” commented Mike Bavuso, President & CEO of Big Foot Moving & Storage, Inc.

Total Donations as of the end of March: $84,970 Since BioBall began 5 years ago, the event has raised over $310,000 for basketball programs and activities at Special Olympics Massachusetts!

Local Effort, Global Impact: Boston area residents and businesses organize donations for Haiti

When Big Foot Moving & Storage, Inc. learned of the humanitarian efforts taking place at a familiar apartment complex in Cambridge, it was inevitable that they get involved. Residents and staff of Third Square Apartments, Church Corner Apartments, and West End Apartments collected 1.5 tons of donations ranging from clothing, toiletries, school and medical supplies, and other necessities to be sent to Haiti with a local nonprofit organization, What’s Mine is Yours, (www.haitimineisyours.org). Big Foot Moving & Storage, Inc. donated many boxes and packing supplies to organize and ship the incredible amount of donations. Casimir Deronette, a Haiti native and the Concierge Service Manager at Third Square Apartments, spearheaded the effort and traveled with 14 other volunteers from What’s Mine is Yours to Haiti on February 25, 2010 to help restore communities devastated by the earthquake. “As a moving & storage company, we are constantly in and out of local apartment complexes and we are fortunate to build relationships with the staff. When we heard of Casimir’s plan, we definitely wanted to do whatever we could to help,” commented Big Foot operations manager, Nick Bavuso.

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

Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service

Angie’s List Super Service Award Winner

Big Foot Moving & Storage, Inc. has been awarded the prestigious 2009 Angie’s List Super Service Award!

The Super Service Award, now celebrating its 11th year, is reserved for companies who have achieved and maintained a superior service rating on Angie’s List – the nation’s leading provider of consumer ratings on local service companies – throughout the past year. Fewer than 5 percent of the companies on Angie’s List meet the eligibility requirements to be considered for the award.

“Our Super Service Award winners are the cream of the crop when it comes to providing the best customer service,” said Angie Hicks, founder of Angie’s List.

Big Foot Moving & Storage, Inc. is a full service moving and storage company based in metro Boston, providing local and long distance services for both residential and commercial customers. President & CEO, Mike Bavuso, expressed his gratitude for this award, “We aim to provide exceptional customer service so it is an honor to be recognized with 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. It’s a privilege to be a part of the Angie’s List community.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award winners have maintained a total and overall grade of “A;” have received a minimum number of reports; are NOT in the Angie’s List “Penalty Box” and do NOT have an unsatisfactory rating with the Better Business Bureau.

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List, but members can find the 2009 Super Service Award logo next to company names in search results on AngiesList.com.

Angie’s List is where thousands of consumers share their ratings and reviews on local contractors and companies in more than 500 different categories. Currently, more than 1 million consumers across the U.S. rely on Angie’s List to help them find the right contractor or company for the job they need done. Members have unlimited access to the list via Internet or phone; receive the award-winning Angie’s List magazine, which includes articles on home improvement and maintenance, consumer trends and scam alerts; and they can utilize the Angie’s List complaint resolution service. Get more information about Angie’s List at http://www.angieslist.com View the latest Angie’s List News Releases in our Press Center and read Angie’s blog at http://www.angiehicksblog.com.

Finding Creative Ways to Donate Through a Recession

Big Foot Moving & Storage, Inc. donates services to local charities

In these lean times, many businesses approach charitable contributions with caution. Others, like Big Foot Moving & Storage, Inc. of Arlington, MA use creativity to support local non-profit organizations.

As an active member of the Metrowest Chamber of Commerce, Big Foot Moving & Storage, Inc. uncovered an opportunity to help several organizations that rely heavily on donations. Recently, the Kitchen Center of Framingham redesigned and expanded their showroom, donating many kitchen cabinets and countertops to local non-profits for silent auctions and fundraising activities. Mike Bavuso, President of Big Foot Moving & Storage, Inc., realized there was a need for the transport of these items and decided to get involved.

In partnership with Dave Bartlett, President of the Kitchen Center and a fellow Metrowest Chamber member, the following nonprofit groups were assisted;

  • Programs For People, Inc., a treatment and rehabilitation center for adults with mental illness in Framingham, Mass.
  • The Learning Center for the Deaf, a day and resident school for the hearing impaired, headquartered in Framingham, Mass.
  • Voices Against Violence, an agency in Framingham, Mass. that provides services to MetroWest victims of domestic violence or sexual assault.
  • Why Me, Inc., an organization in Worcester, Mass. that provides support to New England families dealing with childhood cancer

“When we are forced to rein in spending in tough economic times, non-profit organizations are affected. It’s not always about donating money though,” commented Mike Bavuso. “The services you provide, when networked creatively, can be the charitable contribution and simply make a difference.”

About Big Foot Moving & Storage, Inc.

Big Foot Moving & Storage, Inc. provides top-quality moving and storage services for both residential and commercial customers. We offer services such as packing and unpacking, short and long term storage, box pick up and delivery, employee relocations, senior move management, antique receivership and manufacturer distribution. There are many Massachusetts movers, but there’s a reason why people continually choose Big Foot Moving & Storage, Inc. Our goal is to reduce the stress involved in moving and make every customer a life-long customer. For more information, please visit www.bigfootmoving.com

Moving an Office – Tips and Tasks to Ensure Efficiency

It has been said that moving a household is one of life’s most stressful events. Moving an office can be even more complicated. It requires a seamless transition so that the success of your business isn’t disrupted. Big Foot Moving & Storage, Inc. appreciates the magnitude and uniqueness of this type of relocation. There’s a lot to do for an office move; the earlier you start planning, the greater the chance you have of achieving the smooth move your company expects. We compiled a short list of preliminary tasks to assist you. A more detailed office relocation checklist is also available on our website.

1. Form a relocation team of employees. A project leader should be identified to spearhead the move. The project leader may distribute tasks so there is a point person(s) for each area of the move such as technology, vendors, employee communication, etc. Schedule regular meetings with this team of liaisons to review project status.

2. Create a budget. Define a budget in advance and have funds available for unexpected costs that may arise. In addition to standard expenses such as labor, will you need to purchase any special permits or documentation?

3. Identify a schedule. Start reviewing your options 9+ months prior to your lease expiration. If you are renting company space, will your move date coincide with the lease end date? If you wish to leave the space earlier, discuss your options with the landlord. Consider a buffer for packing and moving office furniture and equipment so as not to extend the lease. The most popular time to move is in the summer, which also makes it the most expensive. Additionally, although it may be necessary to move after normal business hours or over a weekend, this may incur extra fees.

4. Consider current processes and deadlines. How will you align these processes during the relocation? For example, how will you arrange deliveries? How will active projects be handled? In an effort to avoid any delays because documentation and/or equipment is inaccessible during the move, plan a short break period and communicate this to all staff and clients.

5. Hire a professional moving company. Working with the right office moving professionals is an important must-do for any company thinking of office relocation. A professional moving company will guide you through the process, save you money in the long run, and ensure you don’t make any critical mistakes during your move. Obtain several estimates to evaluate cost and action plan. Check the movers’ licensing, reputation, working history, and read reviews. Personal recommendations are the best means of finding the right moving company. Some of the most trusted feedback can be obtained from the property manager or real estate agent that may be assisting your business relocation.

Big Foot Moving & Storage, Inc. offers top-quality office relocation services to our clients in the Boston area and beyond. Big Foot Moving & Storage offers the commitment and expertise to complete any size office move smoothly. If you’re feeling overwhelmed with planning your company’s relocation, give us a call at 781-488-3090 to get a free business moving quote.

When is the Best Time for a Commercial Move?

Timing plays an important role in a commercial relocation for several reasons, with budget and availability at the forefront.

Considering most people move during the summer months, this is the busiest time of year for moving companies. May through September is considered peak season, during which time moving companies are booked far in advance and may command higher rates. Summer not only affects a moving company’s scheduling and resources. It may also impact your staff availability because employees generally take advantage of the summer months for vacation.

Pricing and scheduling options may be favorable in the off-season. In the slower months, (September to April) many companies will offer reduced rates in order to stimulate business which is economical for your office move. Scheduling a move in the off-season also allows for more service date options and availability of additional resources or team members should the need arise.

In addition to scheduling in the peak or off season, you should consider mid month and weekday timing specifically. If your company operates on a standard Monday through Friday basis it may seem logical to move on the weekend. This may limit downtime but it may also be more difficult to gain employee participation. Employees may be more likely to assist in the move during weekday hours so consider moving in the middle of the week. This tactic will also allow for more flexibility with the movers’ schedules. Furthermore, aiming for a mid month move may be beneficial as moving companies generally have more availability.

If there is no way around a summer move, or even one in the beginning or end of the month, start planning as soon as possible so you may secure a reputable moving company for a seamless relocation.

To summarize the importance of timing:

  • September through April will offer the best rates
  • Mid-week moves may result in greater employee contribution
  • Business is slower in the middle of the month which may lessen disruption
  • Off-season moves offer greater flexibility and more resources

Preparing Computers for a Move

When preparing for a move, your computer is one of the most valuable things you will pack. Before moving your computer, however, there are several important preparations you should make to protect your data and equipment. The full-service moving and storage professionals at Big Foot Moving & Storage offer these tips for preparing your computer.

Back up all files. This is the most important thing you can do before a move. You can choose to back up files in any number of ways. The method you use for backing up your files will largely depend on the amount of data you have stored on your computer. Choices include burning all of your files to CDs or DVDs, or transferring them to flash drives. An external hard drive can also be an ideal way to back up your data, particularly when there is a substantial amount. Big Foot Moving & Storage recommends that you do not store these back up files with the computer; rather pack them separately with any other system programs.

Remove any disks. Check all drives for CDs and other inserted computer components. These should be removed to prevent them from being damaged during the packing process. Pack CDs in their original cases in well-padded boxes.

Shut everything down. Many of us are in the bad habit of leaving our computers on all the time and just letting them fall asleep. When you are preparing to move your computer, however, it is necessary to perform a proper shutdown.

Find the original packaging. The best way to pack your computer for a move is to put it back in its original box. Computers come packed with all the appropriate cushioning and support they need to be safely packed, shipped, or moved. If you cannot locate the original packaging for your computer, make sure to pack it with adequate padding, such as foam core, packing peanuts, paper pads, etc… before sealing it up.

Take care of separate components. When packing your computer, be careful of all the extra wires, printers, and other components that also need to come with you. Remove ink and paper from printers, unplug all wires, and pack associated computer components in their original boxes if possible. Big Foot Moving & Storage will provide large keyboard / parts bags to ensure all the miscellaneous items, wires, etc… will stay together for each workstation.

Choose responsible movers. Your computer is one of your most valuable possessions. When it is time to move it, choose licensed and responsible moving and full-service storage experts, such as the team at Big Foot Moving & Storage, Inc. Experienced moving and storage professionals can help you to properly pack and protect your technology.

What Order Should I Pack My Office In?

One of the difficulties of packing an office, whether it is your home workstation or an entire business, is that you likely need to keep working throughout at least some portion of the process. Try these tips from Big Foot Moving & Storage, Inc. for packing your office while maintaining productivity.

Remove Decorative Components

Decorative items such as paintings, posters, or small statues may be taken down and packed first. While these items make the office a pleasant place to work, they play no role in actual functionality.

Organizing the Files

In most modern offices, the contents of the filing cabinets exist primarily for record keeping, as opposed to day-to-day productivity. Gather filing boxes and transfer the contents of the cabinets to these boxes. Make sure to clearly label what cabinets the files have come from and what files are inside the box to make the unpacking process easier.

Boxing up Books

Books fall into a similar category as files. While they may sometimes be used for reference, your office likely doesn’t turn to them every day. Pack books early into small boxes to keep the weight limited. Bookshelves can be taken apart and packed at the same time as books.

Packing Your Desk Contents

Your desk and chair will likely be some of the last things to get packed, but the contents of your desk can largely be stored away in the middle of the packing process. Leave yourself with just the essentials – a few pens, a stapler, and a notepad – and pack or donate the rest. Most of your work is likely done on a computer anyway.

Moving Computers and Other Technology

Other than your desk and chair, your computer, the office printer, and your phone are likely to be the last things you pack up before a move. The first thing to do before packing up your computer is to back up all data. After that, technology should be carefully packed, ideally in its original boxes with appropriate padding and protection.

Desks and Chairs

Finally, your desk and chair should be packed. Be careful of desk components such as a glass top layer that may need extra protection during the packing process. Responsible movers like the professionals at Big Foot Moving & Storage, Inc. will use furniture pads to cushion desk pieces during the move to prevent damage.