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Contemplating a move from London to Scotland (Edinburgh outskirts )
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We're currently contemplating longer-term plans to move out of East London suburbs up to Scotland. Initially, we're thinking within the Edinburgh-Glasgow-Stirling triangle (but open to suggestions), and likely in 1-2 years time as best suits schooling for our two teenage kids. We'll be looking for a spacious 4+ bed detached house with character in the £400-500k bracket, likely not a new build. I'll be working remotely for a London firm, my wife as a nurse locally, kids are currently 14 (Oct birthday, school year 9) and 11 (April birth, in year 7), with a view to them going to Uni in Scotland. As such, I'm trying to get myself clued up on everything we need to be aware of. So far I've found out the following:
- Higher-income tax - 41% higher rate with a lower threshold
- Stamp duty differences (LLBT) - likely £11-21k for us.
- I'm starting to understand the house buying differences, getting a solicitor to put together legal binding offers, 'offers over' sales, buying doing a survey upfront etc.
Know any good resources on the process of buying a property in Scotland?
I'm struggling to understand education system differences, where my kids would slot in and exactly when would be the best time to move. Got any tips, advice or resources you can point me to on this?
Anyone made a similar move and can share any tips or advice?