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

Thursday, July 06, 2017

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.

Pie In The Sky 2016

Friday, October 28, 2016

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 ($30) 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 & Storage, Inc. Earns Esteemed 2015 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Friday, January 22, 2016

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.

Integrated Mortgage Disclosure Rule (TRID) for the Seller

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Rule (TRID) for the Seller

On October 3, 2015, new rules took effect that will change decades-old aspects of buying and selling real estate. Although there are many aspects to the rules, there is one that is critical to you and should be understood before signing any documents. So, what do you absolutely need to know? Your closing date can no longer be set in stone.

The explanation.

The "closing date" is the day that you sign documents, the deed is recorded, and most importantly, YOU RECEIVE YOUR SALE PROCEEDS! The closing date is established in the written offer and the "Purchase and Sale Agreement" that you will sign at the beginning of the process. As the Seller, you are expected (and contractually required) to deliver the house fully vacant and clean on the closing date.

Former practice.

For eons, the days leading up to a scheduled closing date often resembled a grade school fire drill. Although the parties fully expect and have planned to trade money for keys on the closing date, the days and hours leading up to the closing date are usually full of last minute closing chaos. The lender may have not issued a final loan approval, and the buyer is scrambling to comply with the lender's last minute request for a certain document. The document is received, but after review, another document is required. The lender reviews the second document late in the day, a final underwriting review takes place, and presto, the "clear to close" finally issues. The file is then transferred to the lender's closing department, and an hour before the scheduled closing a closing package is delivered to the closing attorney. The closing attorney plugs numbers into the software program and sends the buyers and sellers "closing numbers" (how much does the Buyer need to bring; how much will the Seller receive). The Buyer runs to the bank and waits in line for a treasurer's check. Five minutes before the closing, the Buyers (AND SELLERS) arrive at the closing attorney's office. Pens are distributed, and a blur of document signing follows!

New practice.

Due to the new disclosure rule (TRID), the pre closing scramble will be a thing of the past. Under the new rules, no closing can take place until the third business day after A) the buyer's loan has final approval; B) the lender has issued to the Buyer and the Buyer has acknowledged receipt of a document called the "Closing Disclosure" ("CD"). The CD contains the "closing numbers" and informs the Buyer what they needed to bring to the closing. The wonderful thing is that the Buyer and Seller have 3 days to carefully review numbers before documents can be signed. The not so wonderful thing is that the Buyer cannot waive the three day requirement, so situations may exist where the closing date in the purchase and sale agreement cannot be met due to the waiting requirement.

What do you need to know?

Under these new rules, the number of instances when closing delays occur will increase dramatically. Buyers (and their brokers and attorneys) will have far less control over the date your sale actually closes, regardless of what is in the purchase and sale agreement. This is not the Buyer's "fault". Rather, the federal government has mandated that there be a 3 day period where there used to be none.

What can you do?

As Seller, we suggest that you:

  • Be flexible and patient - remember, delays will happen, your buyer will be as stressed as you!
  • Be prepared - if there is a delay, how will your mover handle it? Consider whether the mover can make a change last minute: What will the mover charge if they store your things on a truck during the delay; Do you have a place to go if your furniture is on a moving truck?
  • Avoid the busiest closing dates - traditionally, most closings are in the last couple of business days of the month. Speak with your broker about avoiding these dates before you sign your initial offer.
  • Reserve rights - if you are buying as well as selling, be sure to reserve the right in your offer and subsequent Purchase & Sale Agreement to delay your purchase closing if your sale gets held up.

Help yourself and the Buyers: SELLERS can help themselves and the BUYERS to close on time by providing any and all requested information in a timely manner. Final Readings and/or adjustments, Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector Certifications and Title 5 (Septic System) Certifications should all be provided to the Closing Attorney's Office a promptly so that no delays are caused by the Sellers.

Big Foot Moving & Storage, Inc. has the manpower, resources, and infrastructure to give you the flexibility needed. We take great pride in serving our customer's needs. Last minute schedule changes are stressful for Buyers and Sellers, but already common in our daily dispatching. If your home closed, but the new home closing is delayed, Big Foot will hold your belongings on a locked and sealed truck until the new home is available. We charge $150.00 per night, per truck needed. This $150.00 per night, per truck is called an "Overnight Hold Fee" and the shipment is simply kept on the truck (s) at our facility safe and secured. For further information on how TRID may affect your move, please feel free to contact our office at 781-488-3090 or email us at info@bigfootmoving.com.

Pie In The Sky 2015!

Tuesday, November 03, 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

Thursday, October 15, 2015

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

Monday, March 30, 2015

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

Moving an Office – Tips and Tasks to Ensure Efficiency

Friday, March 27, 2015

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?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

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

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

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

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



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