Time for a declutter….

If you have ever thought to yourself, I need to declutter the house but never seem to find time to do it, moving to a new house is the perfect opportunity to do it! This blog is going to give you some top tips and reasons why decluttering should be one of the top things to do on your list.

  • Decluttering can impact your budget so if money is tight this could be key for you. By getting rid of unwanted items you can cut down on your removal costs, there’s no point in packing and paying for things that you don’t want in your new house to be moved. It’s also a great opportunity to sell anything you don’t need putting money back into the moving kitty. You know what they say, one man’s junk is another man’s treasure!
  • If car boot sales aren’t your thing and eBay seems like a lot of effort then how about donating your unwanted items to charity, some of the bigger charities can organise a collection from your house which will save you time during those busy last few days before you move.
  • Start with the harder things to part with, a lot of us hold onto unwanted gifts from friends or family for fear of offending them, the reality is when it comes to moving house if you don’t want it or need it then get rid of it. It can be really hard to let go of sentimental items like old school uniforms or school reports, whilst holding onto memories is important if not kept in check one box turns into ten and before you know it the loft is full of things you’ll never look at again. Parting with things like this can be an emotional time, if you start with these things you can do a little each day without becoming overwhelmed.
  • No idea how to start the process? Then just ask yourself these three questions, do I really need it, why do I need it and if I don’t need it why am I holding onto it?
  • Use the four-box method.  This is the most popular (and arguably effective) method of decluttering, label up four large boxes – keep, sell/donate, storage and throw away. Go around your house one room at a time and put everything you don’t need immediately into the right box.
  • Moving is the perfect opportunity to clean out your wardrobe too! Are you holding onto jeans that you haven’t worn in 5 years just in case you fit in them again? Get rid of them!
  • If you’re getting too close to your moving date and are still struggling to get through things, put everything that you know needs sorting into storage. It means that it’s not cluttering up your new house but also means there is still time constraint on getting things sorted out. No one wants to be paying for storage if they don’t have to.

Decluttering your house might take longer than you think, especially if you have lived there for quite a long time. As soon as you know you are moving it’s best to start the process straight away. By getting rid of all your old and unwanted items you’re freeing up space to create a brand-new style in your new home. Minimalist, modern, cosy cottage the choice is yours!


Best Commuter Towns In Leeds

We spend so much of our time at work the last thing that we want to do is spend our valuable free time sat in traffic. That’s why we have put together this short list of some of the best commuter towns for Leeds. We’ve taken into account transport links and the time it will take you get into the city, let us know if you think we have missed anywhere of the list.

Kirkstall and Burley

If you’re desperate to escape the hustle and bustle of the city after work but not quite ready to give up all the perks that being close to the centre has to offer, then take a look and Kirkstall and Burley. Kirkstall is around 2.7 miles from the centre whereas Burley is even closer at 1.6 miles. On a usual day it shouldn’t take you any longer than 10 minutes to drive into town, however, if your office (or chosen bar) doesn’t have parking then fear not as both towns have their own train stations and excellent bus routes. Both areas have a huge range of shops, bars and restaurants though so whilst they aren’t quite as lively as the city centre you won’t feel totally out of the loop.


A little further afield but still within easy reach of the city, Horsforth regularly tops the best places in Yorkshire to live. It’s about a 20-25 minute drive into the centre but again there are great bus links and a train station if you would rather use public transport. Packed with great schools, restaurants and shops Horsforth is also a great choice if you have a family.

Guiseley and Menston

If total escape is what you are after then look no further than Guiseley and Menston. Both of them are around 10 miles outside of the city centre so still an easy commute via train (approx. 25 mins) or in the car (40 minutes) but their proximity to the country is the main draw for people here. Set in gorgeous rolling Yorkshire fields and dales you’d be forgiven for thinking you were miles from the city. With amenities aplenty in both towns we know where we would choose to live if we could.

Helping Your Children Cope With A Move.

With Christmas just around the corner children are taking centre stage and their excitement is obvious. When it comes to moving though it’s easy for them to get overlooked with everything else that’s going on. Moving house can have a bigger impact on our little ones than we think, especially if they are moving schools and leaving friends as well. Below we’ve listed out some top tips for helping the youngest members of your family adjust to their new surroundings.

  •  Plan ahead – talk to your children about what the move will be like before it happens, it’s much easier for them to process things if they have time to think about it before it happens. It also helps to get them involved in the move, one of the biggest anxiety points for children around moves is that they feel like everything is out of their control. Get them involved in the packing or let them choose the colour of their new room it all helps to make them feel part of it.
  • Communicate – let your children know that they can talk to you about anything that concerns them about the move, ask them what you can do to help make the move easier on them. You might be surprised at their answers.
  • Routine – if you have a routine at home around meal or bed times then stick to it. It might seem like an impossible task when surrounded by boxes but keeping to your routine will really help them settle in much faster.
  • Stay positive – when you are talking about the move don’t let them hear any of the stressful parts of it. Just focus on the good things like the bigger house, being closer to family or the great parks in the area.
  • Fill the house with familiar items as quickly as you can. Try to make your new house feel like home as soon as possible so unpack family pictures and favourite toys as soon as possible.

Hopefully your little ones are as excited about the move as you but if not then try some of the tips above to make your move run as smoothly as possible for the whole family.

Why Hire Professional Movers?

When you are getting ready for a move you’ll probably be surprised at the amount of details that need taking care of. Hiring a professional moving company can help take of a lot of the stress for you.

There’s a lot of choice when it comes to removal companies so make sure you do your research and find one that is fully insured, for a short while they are going to have your life in their hands so you want to make sure its safe with the professionals. You’ll also need decide what you are looking for in the moving company that you hire. Think about all the things that you are going to need done and what you are going to be willing to pay for.

Some moving companies only provide the transportation part of the move, this means that you will have to do all the packing and the wrapping, you might even be expected to load the van. Others like us can offer you a full end to end solution which includes the pack of your items carefully and then loading them on to our fully-equipped vehicles. A lot of people are opting for this service, and whilst yes it does cost a little more, the stress and time saving aspect of it make it all worthwhile. Our expert team even go the extra mile to label up all the boxes with not only where they go but what is inside them, this great time saving step which we spoke about in our top tips recently.

Whichever of our services you decide to go with you can rest assured that our dedicated team will go out of their way to make your move run as smoothly as possible. We offer free no obligation quotes so why not get in touch with us today.

Moving Day Survival Guide

So here it is the day of the big move and you’re busy organising the family and helping the removal men so you might find it difficult to think about your first few hours at the other end.

Preparing a survival kit can make your moving day run so much more smoothly and by packing your essential items separately you’ll be able to get to the quickly at the other end after your move. No one wants to be scrambling for teabags and cups when your desperate for a brew! Make sure you pack an overnight bag with a change of clothes and essential toiletries and medication for that first night too!

Below is list of things that we think are essentials to have in your survival pack but we would love to know if you think we have missed anything off the list.

From the kitchen:

  • A Mug, plate, knife, fork and spoon for each family member
  • The kettle
  • Tea and Coffee
  • Spare cups for the removal men.
  • Food for breakfast that doesn’t need cooking
  • Bin liners
  • Any pet food/bowls.

From the bathroom:

  • Toilet roll
  • Soap
  • At least one towel
  • Basic first aid kit

From the bedroom:

  • Bedding
  • Phone chargers
  • Your alarm clock.

For the small ones:

  • A few books/toys
  • Nappies/wipes
  • A portable DVD player and DVD’s
  • Their favourite teddies for comfort.

Hopefully your move runs smoothly but with this survival guide you’ll be ready for most things. Remember you probably won’t have the internet for a few days so make sure you’ve got alternative entertainment for all the family. Good luck!

Top Tips for Moving Offices

Moving your business premises is no easy task. Regardless of whether you are the leader of a big company with many staff members or you’re a little start-up of only a couple colleagues, there is a whole other world to office moves than you may at first think. But don’t worry about these things… You know when it’s a great opportunity to move office so get on with it. Here at A Van About Town, we have everything secured for you. All that you have to consider… we will consider it first.


The first thing about office removal is this that either you are going to do it by yourself or you are going to hire a professional company like A Van About Town to do this task. If your hire our services for office removal, you will be assigned a move manager that will take care of everything including all little details. Really; hiring a removal company is the best choice you can make.

Prepare the Work Force

You need to make your employees ready for this change. It’s going to affect them and it’s a big change for them and for you too.

 • Maintain Productivity
Moving an office will have a major effect on your staff’s productivity. Your first concern shrould be to take care of your productivity
standards. You need to keep their morals high to have them cooperate with your moving cause. If you are well organized, you have better chances of going successful through this process.
Communicate With Your Staff
Keeping your staff well aware of the situation and the results is very important. Try to keep them in loop and tell them about what’s happening and how it can affect their routine. Don’t keep them in dark.
You are definitely moving for a better cause. So to keep your staff motivated, let them know that there will be betterment in their salaries and other facilities. Talk about mutual benefits. Appreciate their help.

Elements of a Commercial Move

Regardless of whether you’re hoping to move from city to city or state to state, A Van About Town offers a one of a kind and customized moving service. Our master staff of movers, and drivers will deal with all you’re packing, moving, deconstruction, and remaking through and through.
Floor Plan
Before you move anything, grab the floor design and begin measuring things. Where is everything going to go? Will it fit? What about the power points? Knowing where things have a place will influence the move to run all the more easily, and will be less troublesome on your business.
The use of internet and phone is very important for a business communication. So as soon as you decide to move your office, be sure to warn your all hardware providers like internet service provider and other phone providers.
Setting up new Wi-Fi and other IT services can take a while. So be ready and take care of these things in advance to make your movement smoother.
Address Update
As a business, you most likely have your address showed in numerous areas, your site, business cards and promotions. Make a point to refresh these once you have finished the move or your customers won’t have the capacity to discover you. An email update to your mailing list is a well-mannered method for advising them. You may think it’s pretty obvious but believe us, in the tension of moving, it can be neglected.
But don’t forget about:
1. Updating your all policies including insurance policies
2. Taking care of parking space for loader truck outside your office
3. Try to respect other’s business if you are moving to a shared building. Use a back door.
4. Managing all the persons involved in movement.
5. Creating a budget limit for your move.

On Ya Bike!

A Van About Town was in Penistone this weekend at the annual Holme Valley Cycling Club 2 day event. The event was a huge success and there was some exceptional talent in the world of British Cycling.

We were pleased to part of the event and help TMS Wellbeing of Huddersfield.