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Bespoke relocation service and home search for renting and buying accommodation in Edinburgh
Over the past few years I have had an increasing amount of clients with pets wanting to rent accommodation in Edinburgh. I have always managed to secure a great home for my clients and their furry friends but it does usually take a little longer than securing somewhere but the process is made if clients are happy to pay an extra pet deposit. Pets are more likely to be allowed in unfurnished accommodation as landlords are worried their furniture might get damaged. However, the draw back here is that the majority of properties for rent in Edinburgh are furnished thus a few extra weeks should be allowed for finding the right place. I am hoping in the future landlords will become more pet-friendly and would be delighted to hear from any in Edinburgh and surrounding areas who are.
Having viewed several high spec properties in Edinburgh, my client fell in love with a luxuy 3 bedroom conversion at Simpsons Loan in the Quartermile Development in the centre of Edinburgh. This 3 bedroom luxury apartment is in one of the original blocks to be built in the redevelopment of Edinburgh’s Old Royal Infirmary and is a combination of a Victorian building with contemporary luxury within . Set on the edge of the Meadows the property is just a short walk away from many of Edinburgh’s major historic sights and a wonderful selection of bars cafes and restaurants. There are a number of facilities on site including a supermarket, ice cream parlour, coffee shop, pure gym and a restaurant. We were delighted the landlord agreed to reduce the asking price from £2000 to £1800 pcm and the agent, Neill at Clouds Property Management, pulled out all stops to secure the rental before my client returned to London that day.
Whilst showing a client round Edinburgh the other day I was reminded about what a beautiful area Stockbridge is. Due to the recent credit crunch, there are many more properties at the upper end of the market available to rent as the owners failed to sell them for the price they wanted. My client was extremely lucky to secure the tenancy of a fabulous 4 bedroom family home in Stockbridge overlooking the Water of Leith with a wonderful secluded garden, two reception rooms and a fantastic, recently renovated kitchen/dining room. They were delighted with the house and the area has many attractions including local shops, a supermarket, the Botanic gardens, Inverleith Park and many pubs and restaurants.
Edinburgh Relocation Services will save you TIME, MONEY AND HASSLE!
There are many agents and web sites advertising accommodation and this can be extremely daunting and time-consuming if you are not ‘in the know’. I know the most reputable agents to use and will save you lots of time by searching for appropriate properties in suitable areas, sending you details, previewing your selected properties before making a final short-list to view with you at a convenient time. Many hours can be wasted viewing what appeared to be good properties on the web but in reality are less than inviting. Also my knowledge of Edinburgh saves you time looking at good properties in less than desirable areas.
The main money saver is enabling you to take as little time off work as possible. Usually a suitable property can be acquired within a day thus also saving the cost of overnight accommodation. Furthermore, as I deal regularly with many reputable agents, we are often able to negotiate a discount on the advertised rent.
Last but certainly not least – hassle. With my knowledge of Edinburgh and the surrounding areas I will provide you with information about nurseries, schools, doctors, dentists etc in your chosen area. I will also meet you on the day of entry and can pick up keys from the agent/owner if you are not going to arrive during their opening hours. I will pick you up and take you to the property and check everything is in order. I aim to make your move as enjoyable and stress-free as possible.
Recently I met with a client looking for a modern, city centre flat in Edinburgh. He had heard about the Old Town and thought this would be an ideal area; close to both his work, the University for his girlfriend and a good fun area to live in. Whilst looking, I rediscovered part of the Old Town near Holyrood that I had not visited for a few months. There are now some lovely converted buildings with some very attractive mews homes and apartments etc. The whole of the Old Town was still bustling with tourists and full of history. One end is closed by the castle and the main artery, the Royal Mile, is actually made up of four distinct streets named Castlehill, the Lawnmarket, the High Street and the Canongate, leads away from it, down to the now-ruined Holyrood Abbey. Narrow closes (alleyways), often no more than a few feet wide, lead downhill on either side of the main spine in a herringbone pattern. Large squares mark the location of markets or surround major public buildings such as St Giles Cathedral and the supreme courts. After viewing a couple of properties in the Canongate and surveying the area, we went to the West End where, after much consideration, decided on a beautifully refurbished, modern open-plan apartment in Moray Place. We managed to negotiate a reduction of £50 a month on the rent so an enjoyable and successful day out. Thankfully my client’s girlfriend, who was unable to visit Edinburgh and preveiwe properties at that time, also loved it when she saw it!
I have had an increasing amount of enquiries from people wanting to secure rental on a property they have seen the particulars of on the internet but the agents will not allow them to secure a rental without having someone view the property on their behalf. I can understand the agent’s point of view completely but also the frustration for the potential tenant. As time is of the essence as the rental market in Edinburgh has an extremely rapid turnover, Edinburgh Relocations has now added “One Off Viewings” to their services at a set fee of £100 (without a registration fee). You will be given verbal comments on the property immediately after viewing and written comments shortly afterwards if desired.
Scotland‘s capital, Edinburgh, is a beautiful city, full of history and brimming with great places for expats and visitors to visit and explore. The city itself is quite compact, so it is easy to get around on foot or bike. However, bear in mind it is quite hilly and many of the streets in the city centre have cobbles which make cycling rather challenging!
If you do make the effort to tackle the gradients you will be rewarded with magnificent views all around you. The city centre, aside from the rugged cobbled terrain, is certainly cycle friendly – at peak times, cyclists are allowed to share the buses‘ green lanes, which means you can keep moving. Otherwise, bus and train services make getting around Edinburgh and surrounds easy and efficient.
Getting around Edinburgh by bus
Edinburgh has a network of local bus services allowing frequent and cost effective travel. Lothian buses do a DayTicket, which allows you daily unlimited travel in and around Edinburgh and First buses also operate numerous services throughout the Edinburgh area.
Nigh buses run between midnight and 4am, and while they maintain largely similar routes, timetables do change.
A great way to take in the sights of the city is on one of the many Edinburgh bus tours. Tickets can be bought in person at the Edinburgh and Scotland Information Centre, 3 Princes Street or on Waverley Bridge, which is where the tours start.
Edinburgh International Airport is 8 miles (12km) west of the city centre and there is an airport link bus, Airlink 100, that runs every 10 minutes to the city centre with designated stops en route. The journey is about 25 minutes and tickets are £3.50 for a single journey and £6 for return. Please note the journey may take twice as long in rush hour traffic.
Getting around Edinburgh by taxi
Edinburgh has hundreds of black cabs that can be hailed on the street or phoned for in advance. Travelling by taxi is quite expensive and probably not necessary if you are in the city centre surrounded by a network of buses. Please note, taxi drivers expect to be tipped, but it is not obligatory!
Expats who wish to take a taxi to the airport can expect a £15 fare and 25 minutes of travel time.
Getting around Edinburgh by rail
With the continuting recession it has become the trend to sell your home before buying your new one. Edinburgh Relocations can help you find the perfect temporary, rented accommodation giving you time to buy your new home without a panic. While renting for a short period Kate is able to help you with your homsearch of the perfect home to buy. Kate Browne’s homesearch and relocation service saves you time and money and takes the stress out of finding the right accommodation, be it a fully furnished house or an unfurnished flat.