COVID-19 / Coronavirus Update

As communities continue to feel the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19), I want to share with you the steps we’re taking at Big Foot Moving & Storage, Inc. to help protect the health and safety of our customers and our team, which is always our top priority. We know you are getting a ton of these emails, but this is important for us to relay.

We’re closely monitoring local and national reports on the evolving impact of COVID-19 and, based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization and applicable public health agencies, we’ve developed plans and established a task force that will allow us to respond in a timely and appropriate manner.

Our housekeeping and sanitation efforts in our offices and warehouses have been dramatically expanded. We’re frequently disinfecting often-touched surfaces such as door handles, countertops, keypads, restroom surfaces, break room areas, and delivery bays. We’re requiring all of our teammates and visitors (and we urge everyone) to follow the CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of the infection. Further, we have eliminated all non-essential visitors to our facility and prohibited unnecessary company travel.

We will do our best to protect ourselves and our customers. We do ask that you also take precautions such as making sure high touch Items such as doorknobs, and handrails are clean. If you have a weak immune system or are considered high risk according to the CDC please let us know as soon as possible so we can take extra safety precautions for your move.

We feel deeply for those who have been affected. Thankfully, as of now, we’re not aware of any team member or customer contracting COVID-19. But we have implemented guidelines that instruct any team member who may develop symptoms or come into contact with infected individuals to stay home and follow the CDC’s instructions.

We are open for business during our regular hours to meet the needs of our customers. If we become aware of any condition in our location that would make it unsafe, please rest assured that we’ll shift operations to another location until those conditions have been addressed.

Again, the health and safety of our customers and team members are our top priority and we’re committed to doing our part to help keep everyone safe.

We Are Proactively Implementing the following Procedures Beginning Monday, March, 16th, 2020:

VIRTUAL VIDEO SURVEYS: All prospective customers will be offered an alternative to the traditional on-site pre-move survey. We have updated our technology offerings to include the ability to perform a VIRTUAL VIDEO SURVEY of your home or office. This will minimize face-to-face contact time and still allow our Moving Consultants to provide accurate move estimates.

PRE-MOVE CUSTOMER WELLNESS CHECK: Our Scheduling Team will contact Customers in advance of the arrival of our Move Team to inquire if the Customer feels ill, or suspects that have had contact with an infected person. Move services can be canceled or postponed to mitigate risk and ensure safety of Team Members and Customers.

PRE-MOVE TEAM MEMBER WELLNESS CHECK. We have posted signs and symptoms of COVID-19 throughout our offices to better inform and provide awareness to our Team Members. Any Team Members who feel uncomfortable coming into the office feel ill or suspect that they may have had contact with an infected person should not come into the office and should notify the Scheduling Team ASAP. All Team Members upon arriving at our offices will have hand cleaning supplies readily available.

INCREASED CLEANING: We are refocusing and increasing cleaning duties at our office locations and in the interior cab of our Moving Trucks. All moving trucks and offices will be equipped with disinfectant wipes or spray. We are focusing our increased cleaning on frequently touched surfaces using an antimicrobial disinfectant on the EPA list of COVID-19 fighting products. Some examples of surfaces cleaned include door handles, steering wheels, phones, work surfaces, bathrooms, and common areas.

USE OF EXAMINATION GLOVES: Move Team Members will wear 9 mil thick Examination Gloves while performing move services as an additional hygiene measure and self-protection. Gloves will be discarded after each move.

STAGGERED SHIFT START TIMES: Shift start times will be spaced and staggered for our Team Members to reduce gatherings of multiple Team Members at our offices at the same time. Team Members that arrive for their shift will be encouraged to get their needed move information for the day and head out their designated move.

SOCIAL DISTANCING: Upon arrival to our Customer’s homes or offices, Team Members will be practicing the 6′ social distancing between Team Members and Customer. We have always valued the professionalism and respect that came with a good introductory handshake, however under this COVID-19 period, we ask that our customers understand for safety purposes, there will be no handshaking or touching.

OPEN DOORWAYS AND WINDOWS WHEN AVAILABLE: In residential move setting when available, we will ask our Customers to open outside doors and windows to increase air circulation.

Thank you,

Mike Bavuso

President
Big Foot Moving & Storage, Inc.

Big Foot Moves Toys…THOUSANDS of toys with Toys for Joys

Big Foot Moving & Storage, Inc. is excited to continue our support of Toys for Joys, Inc. We are providing collection boxes, transportation, and storage services for the thousands of new toys that will be distributed to children this holiday season. Toys for Joys does an incredible job bringing feelings of family, hope, and love by providing new toys to children who have very little. A toy, a simple gift, can bring a smile to a child and make the holidays enjoyable.

The Toys4Joys Gift Gala will be held at The Revere Hotel’s-Space57 on Friday, December 8, 2017. To find out more about this premier Boston gift drive, visit the Toys for Joys event registration page.

For additional info on Toys for Joys and sponsorship opportunities, please email Dr. James Rifino, Founder & President.

Pie in the Sky 2017

Community Servings is a free, home‐delivery meals program for the acutely ill, their families and their caregivers throughout Massachusetts who are battling 35 types of illnesses including HIV/ AIDS, Cancer, Lupus, Diabetes and MS. Since 1989, Community Servings’ founding goals are to help clients maintain their health and dignity, provide nutritionally and culturally appropriate meals, preserve the integrity of their family… and send the message that someone cares.

Each pie we sell provides one week of healthy meals to a person in need.

This is my eigth year participating in this fundraiser as part of the Pie It Forward team. Thanks to many of you, I was one of the top 5 sellers last year.

Please consider purchasing a Thanksgiving pie ($30) in support of Community Servings. You can visit my personal donation page for more information and to place an order.

You can also download more information about Pie In The Sky. You can also download information about Community Servings here.

Sincerely,

Mike Bavuso

Big Foot Moving & Storage, Inc. Earns Esteemed 2015 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 2015. Since 2009, this is Big Foot’s 7th 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 2015 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 Independent Movers 2014, Angie’s List Super Service Award 2009 through 2015, 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 http://www.bigfootmoving.com.

Pie In The Sky 2015!

Community Servings is a free, home‐delivery meals program for the acutely ill, their families and their caregivers throughout Massachusetts who are battling 35 types of illnesses including HIV/ AIDS, Cancer, Lupus, Diabetes and MS. Since 1989, Community Servings’ founding goals are to help clients maintain their health and dignity, provide nutritionally and culturally appropriate meals, preserve the integrity of their family… and send the message that someone cares.

Each pie we sell provides one week of healthy meals to a person in need.

This is my seventh year participating in this fundraiser as part of the Pie It Forward team — the number 1 pie selling team in 2011, 2012 and 2013. In 2014, my team sold 1501 pies! Thanks to many of you, I was one of the top 5 sellers last year.

Please consider purchasing a Thanksgiving pie ($28) in support of Community Servings. You can visit my personal donation page for more information and to place an order.

Click here to download more information about Pie In The Sky.

Sincerely,

Mike Bavuso

Big Foot Moving Assists the Government with transporting excess furniture to federal Job Corps Centers

Big Foot Moving & Storage, Inc. loaded (7) 53’ tractor trailers worth of dorm furniture from the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, RI and delivered it all flawlessly to the Westover Job Corps Center in Chicopee, MA last week. The transfer process, organized by the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Office (DRMO) and the Fleet Logistics Center Norfolk-Newport Detachment, started September 21, 2015 and was complete by October 8, 2015. The “old gym” at Westover Job Corps Center received 74 wood desks with carrel and office chair, 50 rolling chairs, 320 Captain’s beds with under storage drawers, and 150 nightstands, with a combined value of $87,600. Additional Job Corps Centers across New England and the Mid-Atlantic are scheduled to be receiving more excess furniture by Big Foot by years end. The Job Corps program provides career technical training and education programs for young people who are at least age 16 that qualify as low income. Students reside in dormitory facilities.

 

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
(703) 706-4986
mkeaton@moving.org

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 continu

 

ous 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

Team PIE IT FORWARD raises over $42k for Community Servings “Pie In The Sky”

Thanks to generous support of family, friends and clients, Team PIE IT FORWARD sold 1,501 pies and raised over $42k for the 22nd Annual “Pie in the Sky” Thanksgiving bake sale held by Community Servings. Overall, 2014 proved to be another record-breaking year with over 19,000 pies sold by hundreds of volunteers raising $725,000.

Team PIE IT FORWARD members are: Mike Bavuso, Tamela Roche, Karen Coleman, Joseph Aceto, Ellen Grubert, Janis Lippman, Josh Muncey, Brian Jurgens, Rich McKee, Maria Montes, Juan & Stella Murray, Kathy Wentworth, Ryan Wig, Patrick Dwyer, Adam Goncalves and Belinda Wasser.

Team PIE IT FORWARD helped to box pies at Pie Central and delivered hundreds of pies to customers including ARIAD Pharmaceuticals Inc., Cambridge Offset Prinng, Patriot Financial Group, UBS Financial Services, Crestwood Advisors, RICOH Americas Corporaon, The Appraisers Group, Advance Auto Center, Sirois Electric and William Gallagher Associates. Thanks to Mike Bavuso, President of Big Foot Moving & Storage, Inc. for donating his crew and moving services as our “Official Pie Mover”.

About Community Servings Since 1990, Community Servings is a free, home-delivery meals program for the acutely ill, their families and their caregivers throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts who are baling 35 types of illnesses including HIV/ AIDS, Cancer, Lupus, MS and Diabetes. The founding goals of Community Servings are to help clients maintain their health and dignity, provide nutritionally and culturally appropriate meals, preserve the integrity of their family … and send the message that someone cares. 93 cents of every $1 raised goes directly to providing healthy meals. Community Servings is a 501(c)(3) non-profit awarded the coveted four-star rang for their efficient and effective business model providing nutrition services to the critically ill by Charity Navigator, America’s premier independent charity evaluator.

Click here to download more information about team PIE IT FORWARD.