Selling your house – Just found some Japanese knotweed?

Wednesday 14th March 2012

So you’re selling your house, and the buyer’s surveyor has identified some Japanese knotweed in your garden (or possibly on neighbouring land)?

Firstly, you need to know that this is a very common problem indeed. Secondly, you need to understand that there are (usually) no instant solutions and finally, you need to realise that (unless knotweed is already growing through your house) it doesn’t have to be a big problem.

So as a professional company dealing with this problem on a daily basis, what do we do? 1) We can confirm that it is Japanese knotweed and not an incorrect identification – it happens! Surveyors are not experts at identifying plants. If you can send us photographs of the suspect plant – this is even a free service! If we need to attend site for identification purposes, we may need to charge a small fee. 2) We can carry out a professional survey of the problem and identify practical realistic solutions. These are usually much cheaper solutions than some other companies offer and our solutions are based on experience, science and the Japanese knotweed Code of Practice. We aim to offer a suitable report for you and a mortgage company, based on the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyor’s (RICS) draft consultation. 3) We only charge for agreed services at an agreed amount – so no surprise bills. All our quotes are in writing/email format and should be accepted in a similar way. 4) We aim to offer competitive pricing for a professional service throughout England Wales. 5) We would advise against buying a solution from a company with an insurance backed guarantee. These are not a guarantee against structural damage or for eradication; they are usually only a performance bond for 10-20 years, and they insure that the annual treatments/visits are carried out. They are an expensive way to do this. If necessary your solicitor can hold the necessary funds in an Escrow account – this is usually a much cheaper way manage and eradicate the knotweed.

Although we can’t guarantee that a mortgage company will accept our report and recommendations, we have had a number of successes in this area.

We have one of the most experienced and professional teams in the invasive weed market – wherever you are living in England or Wales, we’re probably already treating sites in your area! We have locally based technicians around the country based at Strategic locations in Northamptonshire, Sussex, Manchester, Yorkshire and Essex.

We are proud to say that we follow best practice and work within guidelines as stated in the Code of Practice published by the Environment Agency.

If you would like to talk to a professional about your knotweed problem, please call us. Our quotations are free and without obligation.

Contact Brian Taylor on 01327 340770 or email me on my email