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30 November 2020

Guide to Moving from London to Edinburgh

When moving home, the distance that you need to travel is an important factor to consider, as well as the size of the move. Take for example, a move from England’s capital city, London to Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland. It’s over four hundred miles travelling distance, which means you’ve got to take extra care.

It’s a move well worth making, though. Scotland has fantastic scenery, architecture and wildlife, and is overall a more laid back place to live. It’s not just for those with a hiking fixation, either. It’s a very creative city, playing host to the biggest annual international arts festival in the world. So, for those who fancy fresh air, are fond of the creative arts, or just want a break from London’s notorious hustle and bustle should definitely consider The City of Edinburgh.

So, how should you go about moving? Well, as I mentioned, there’s a lot of planning to do – as with every move. Get all of your packing materials together beforehand – all of the packing boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap and labels that you need. Get your packing materials from a trusted packing retailer – don’t skimp on the quality, especially since you’re lugging your possessions all of the way across the country. Make sure you’ve got moving boxes that are built to take the strain.

When taking on a Edinburgh move of this magnitude, you should definitely consider hiring a moving company. Be sure to hire one that specialises in long distance moves – so you can have to peace of mind that your goods are in safe hands. Make a shortlist of the moving companies that are most convenient to you, and check their credentials as well as doing a price comparison. Hiring a mover that offers a competitive rate is definitely important, but hiring one that’ll do a good job is more so. By the same token, be sure that they are fully insured – they should be covered for their courier work, as well as for public liability. That way, in the event that something goes wrong – say something important is broken or lost on the long journey, you can get the compensation you deserve.

If you want to be more thrifty and adventurous, you could take care of the move yourself. If you do, make sure you either have access to your own van, or rent a van from a firm with a drop off point close to/in Edinburgh. You don’t want to drive four hundred miles over a few days, only to drive even further to return a rented van. If you’re doing it this way, take all of the precautions you’d take on a normal move – be sure to secure all of your goods with elastic, guide ropes or with a suitable rack before driving. And get a hold of detailed directions, with multiple rest and food stops along the way. You don’t want to get lost or tired so far from home.

Now that you’ve got the moving preparations sorted, you can treat the trip like a holiday. Only you’ll have to do a lot more settling. It won’t take long for you and your family to soak up the Scottish culture and take in the sights and sounds of the Highland nation. Who knows, you might even pick up the accent as well.

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