Buying Or Selling A House Affected By Japanese Knotweed In The UK?

Japanese Knotweed

You’ve probably seen the headlines filled with terror – “Japanese Knotweed House!” – accompanied by a picture of a house being taken over by a plant. If you’re buying or selling a house in the UK, Japanese Knotweed is absolutely a plant with which you should be familiar, but don’t believe those terrifying headlines for a moment. If you’re asking yourself “Should I Buy a House with Japanese Knotweed” or “Is Selling a House with Japanese Knotweed Even Possible?” you’ve come to the right place. Japanese Knotweed is a potential problem, but there are things you can do both as the buyer and the seller.

What is Japanese Knotweed?

Knowing more about Japanese knotweed isn’t just for those buying a house in Japan. Instead, you’ll want a working knowledge of Japanese knotweed for buying a house and selling a house. Japanese Knotweed is an invasive species that can cause structural damage to homes across the UK. It is an incredibly powerful plant, and it has the strength to grow through cavities and cracks in concrete. Statistics estimate that this plant has already affected nearly 1.5 million homes in the UK or 5% of residential property.

Because this plant is so powerful, the sight of Japanese knotweed in a house or even on the property is terrifying to some, but it can be treated.

What to Know if You’re Selling a House

If you’re selling a house, Japanese knotweed will be a concern for buyers. You will have to disclose its presence on your TA6 form if you know about it. If you’ve had a problem, but you’re managing it, on the form about your house, Japanese knotweed presence will need to be mentioned, but you can also mention that you’ve handled the problem and are continually staying on top of ensuring it’s eradicated.

What to Know if You’re Buying a House

What happens when you complete a house you’re buying is that you take complete possession of the home, and that means if there’s a problem with this plant or you know you’re buying a house with Japanese knotweed, you’ll have to handle it. The buying solution, then, is to do as much research as possible about the home and whether it’s been treated for a problem in the past. There is Help to Buy horror stories about Japanese knotweed out there, but as long as you’re aware of the potential problem, you can keep an eye out for the plant and handle it as soon as you notice an issue. Some companies specialise in its removal and help keep it from spreading around the property.

We Can Help

If you’re looking to sell your home and you’ve had a Japanese Knotweed problem, we’re here to help. We buy houses in any condition, whether they’ve previously been affected by Japanese knotweed or they have other issues. If you need some help selling your home, we’re here to make it happen. Learn more about how quickly we can buy your home when you reach out to us today.

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