Removals to Edinburgh
Relocating to a new area or even country can be an exciting prospect which can spell a new start. But it also brings with it an element of worry and stress with much to plan and organise. Even more so if you are relocating with a family.
Once you’ve decided to move to Edinburgh and found a suitable property, the next thing on your list of things to do will be to recruit the services of a reliable removals company to transport your personal belongings to your new home.
Irrespective of size and distance, your move will require careful planning to ensure everything runs smoothly.
White & Company has been moving families in the area for over 145 years and can offer a variety of storage, packing and delivery solutions. You can trust us to provide you with a tailor-made service, designed to get your belongings transferred to your new home with the minimum of fuss.
As founding members of the removals industry’s regulators, the British Association of Removers, FIDI & OMNI, we have the specialised skill set to undertake just about any move. So whatever stage you are at, don’t hesitate to give White & Company a call to discuss how we can make your dream move a reality.
Why Move to Edinburgh?
Characterised by cobbled streets, beautiful castles, and an extensive and colourful arts programme, Edinburgh is Scotland’s hillside capital which combines historical prestige with cosmopolitan city living. The city has long been a leader in the fields of education and engineering and has proven a popular stomping ground for notable faces in the worlds or art and literature also.
Edinburgh is fast becoming an attractive place not only for Scots to relocate to, but other people in the British Isles, in large part thanks to its thriving finance sector, expansive outdoor areas and affordable properties.
Despite being the seventh most populous city in the UK, Edinburgh appears far less crowded than other major cities and is made extremely navigable by an extensive transport network. Glasgow is just under an hour away by train and London is around 4 hours. Not only are there more than 70km of traffic free cycle paths in the city, residents are spoilt by the plethora of nature and woodland trails throughout the city limits, including Glentress Forest. There is also Holyrood Park, a 650 acre grassland haven with its own loch, (extinct) volcano, cliffs and the remains of prehistoric forts.
Edinburgh’s castle clad backdrop gives a nod back to the city’s medieval past at the heart of the Lothians, while the cobbled streets are themselves hot beds of social activity, including four Michelin star restaurants, a fabulous bar and café culture, and vibrant nightlife. Edinburgh is also a leading festival city with an enviable arts programme, which sees people from all corners of the world flock to the city for the largest Fringe festival in the world and the Royal Military Tattoo. The city remains jovial well after the festival banners come down and was even ranked as one of the safest cities to live in the UK in a recent poll, which when considered with excellent schooling options, makes it an excellent location to raise a family, or live as a student or young professional.
Working in Edinburgh
Edinburgh has a diverse and strong economic structure and is a major provider of jobs in the region. Apart from London, the city has the highest number of resident professionals in the UK, with 43% of the population holding a degree-level or professional qualification. It also has ginormous potential for growth in other areas, such as Gaming and the Financial Times reported that Edinburgh was the ‘Best Large City of the Future for Foreign Direct Investment’.
Back in the 19th century, Edinburgh’s economy was known for banking, publishing and brewing. Banking has been a mainstay of the Edinburgh economy for over 300 years and the banking sector remains extremely prominent today, with the Bank of Scotland, Sainsburys Bank, TSB Bank all having their HQ’s in Scotland’s capital. Technology, the creative industries and renewable energy are also some of the city’s leading sectors with opportunities. Tourism draws around 4.4 million visitors each year generating around £100 million pounds into the local economy along with hundreds of jobs.
Schools & Education
The Scottish educational system differs somewhat from the rest of the UK. For instance, it places much more of an emphasis on breadth across a range of subjects known as the ‘curriculum for Excellence’. Whilst other areas across the UK concentrate on a small range of core subjects.
The Scottish Government has invested heavily in educational provision for Scotland. Children can start nursery school aged 3 to 4. Education is compulsory, and primary school starts depending on birth date between 4½ and 5½ up to the age of 16 when children leave school and move into higher or standard grade education.
There are 18 nursery, 94 primary and 23 secondary schools administered by the City of Edinburgh Council. There are also four universities with Queen Margaret University being the oldest in Scotland and Edinburgh University being a world leading research institution and member of the prestigious Russel Group of universities.
More information on researching and finding schools in the Edinburgh area is available here:
If you’re looking for removals to Edinburgh, you’re certainly going to need somewhere to life. Fortunately, Edinburgh has a mix of different style properties available and is more affordable than major cities in neighbouring England.
The average price for a home in the Scottish capital is £253,182, which although far cheaper than London, is the product a of a recent surge in prices. As you might expect, properties in the city centre are significantly pricier than those located on the outskirts. However, if you are willing to venture further out there is the possibility of getting a real bargain.
For those looking to rent in Edinburg, the current average rental price per month for a 1 bedroom apartment in and around the city centre is £750. For those venturing further afield, this drops to around £600.
White & Company
Providing Removals & Storage to Edinburgh Since 1871
We recommend a visit from one of our Surveyors for all full home moves, so that we can assess your requirements, and the volume of goods to be moved.
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What Others Say…
Wayne Middleton and Brian Witherford were professional and extremely helpful. Did a brilliant job. Would recommend Whites to anyone. Thanks very much.
Have used this company regularly for 5 years including my time in the armed forces. They are professional and efficient. Will use them again on our next move.
The move went very smoothly and they were very polite.
A very smooth move by White and Co. The team worked very hard and were polite, professional and helpful.