Category Archives: House for sale

Can’t Rent Without Viewing?

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.

Getting around in Edinburgh

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!
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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

Travelling to and from Edinburgh to all around Scotland can be done by train – all timetables and fares UK wide can be found at: National Rail Enquiries, (0845 748 4950) or Traveline.

Sell, rent then buy your perfect home in Edinburgh and Lothians

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.

Viewed Flats on Wednesday, Moved in on Monday!

I was not sure that we would be able to live up to my client’s wish to relocate from Spain to Edinburgh and move into a flat within a week of landing in Edinburgh but…..

Last week I collected a Spannish gentleman at the airport on Tuesday evening and gave him a lift to the guesthouse we had arranged in the centre of town. This in itself had been difficult to arrange as it is the height of the tourist industry in Edinburgh and my client had only booked his flights to Edinburgh the week before. However, it turned out his accommodation was very nice and he hoped only to stay there one-two weeks before moving into long-term accommodation.

We had liaised by email for a few weeks and drawn up a short-list of properties for us to view the following day. However, at this time of year the market for rented accommodation changes daily so our short-list had to be altered at the last minute to take out properties that had been leased or went under offer the day before and add new ones. I had already previewed some of the properties and, as I thought Cesar chose a modern one bedroom flat in the Newtown. The added advantage of this particular property was that it was ready for someone to move into, so the lease was signed that evening, references were handed over and entry agreed the minute the international transfer of funds was received by the landlord. This happened within a few days and I spoke to my client yesterday who was happy in his new abode.