Amidst the flurry of paperwork and packing when selling your house, weeds may be the last thing on your mind. But we recommend that you start considering them, because if the slightest trace of Japanese Knotweed is found on your property – or even on your street – it could swiftly pull the plug on your plans.
Japanese Knotweed, officially known as Fallopia Japonica, is described as “aggregative, destructive and invasive” by the Environmental Agency and has been spreading all over Britain since it came over from Japan in the 19th Century. But it is only in recent years that it has started causing issues in the property market.
What’s This Got To Do With Selling My House?
As if it wasn’t hard enough selling property in the current market, if a hint of Japanese Knotweed is found on your property it could cause a buyer to pull out immediately. Banks are also refusing mortgages if Japanese Knotweed is found. Everybody seems to be in fear of this pesky weed, due to the speed, height and ferocity with which it grows.
Knotweed has been making headlines over the past few years, with a number of newspapers reporting on property plans scuppered. One of the worst cases was reported two years ago in The Daily Mail, when a couple had their £300,000 new build property’s value drop by more than half, after knotweed was discovered to have spread from nearby land and invaded the property through the walls and flooring.
How Can I Stop This Happening To Me?
If you are considering buying or selling a house, we recommend getting a thorough survey of the property early on in proceedings, to avoid any nasty surprises later on. At TP Knotweed, we offer a free initial site check to identify Japanese Knotweed, mortgage surveys and comprehensive plans for Japanese Knotweed eradication.
For more information about our Japanese Knotweed identification, control and eradication services, please call 0800 389 1911 or contact us online and one of our friendly, professional team will be happy to help.