New research shows less than 50% of UK homeowners would disclose a Japanese knotweed problem when selling their home
Startling new research, commissioned by Japanese Knotweed Specialists, part of the Grounds Care Group, has revealed that the majority of UK homeowners would consider concealing the presence of Knotweed when selling their property.
A survey of 3,000 homeowners, the largest of its kind in the UK, uncovered that only 49% of homeowners would disclose the presence of Knotweed on their property when selling.
Japanese Knotweed is the most invasive plant in Britain and one that can cause significant damage to buildings and infrastructure and if left untreated, can significantly decrease property values and make it difficult to sell or insure a home. In some instances, properties with Japanese Knotweed can be down valued by up to 30% less compared to properties without it.
Commenting on the research Managing Director of Japanese Knotweed Specialists, Adam Brindle, said: “Given that Knotweed can be complicated and costly to remove, it is understandable that some people would be nervous about it when trying to sell their home. However, property owners should be transparent early on about the presence of Japanese Knotweed, or any other invasive species like Bamboo, and take steps to eradicate it before selling.
“With tougher lending conditions and a softening housing market, it’s essential that you put your house on the market in the best possible light. A buyer and mortgage lender would much prefer a property that has had the Knotweed professionally treated or excavated with a PCA approved guarantee in place.
“Not only will this course of action prevent potentially expensive legal cases and delays, but it will also maximise the value of your property.”
Buyers and sellers should also be aware of the potential financial and legal consequences of failing to address this issue.
David Harvey of House Partnership explains: “There are numerous examples of where the sale of a property has been significantly delayed due to the presence of Japanese Knotweed, attracting further unnecessary cost and stress during the home buying process.”
“However, the real cost of deliberately concealing Knotweed when selling a property, lies in the potential legal ramifications of doing so. This was highlighted in a recent case where a homeowner faced legal bills in excess of £200,000 after being successfully sued by their buyer for not disclosing the presence of Knotweed.”
“Our advice would be to have a plan for the eradication, to be presented to the buyer, ideally before placing your property on the market.”
To avoid these issues, property owners should seek advice from professionals on how to properly disclose and address Japanese knotweed when selling a property. It is always recommended to have a professional survey and treatment plan in place before selling a property with Japanese knotweed to avoid any future problems.
For more information about Japanese Knotweed and how avoid any pitfalls when it comes to selling property, contact Japanese Knotweed Specialists on 0800 122 3326, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.japaneseknotweedspecialists.com
Research was commissioned by Japanese Knotweed Specialists (part of The Grounds Care Group) and conducted by independent research organisation One Poll - an MRS company partner and members of ESOMAR.
The research was conducted in April 2023 among 3,000 UK homeowners. Data has been collected and can be broken down by age, gender and geographical location if required.
About Japanese Knotweed Specialists
Japanese Knotweed Specialists is part of the Grounds Care Group, and one of the UK’s leading contractors and consultants in the control, treatment and removal of Japanese Knotweed and other Invasive Weeds.
We offer our services nationwide through local teams supported with our bespoke innovative field based software to deliver the very best service. Adam Brindle, who founded the company has focused on offering robust and reliable services whilst delivering value for money through problem solving and innovation.
Why Choose Us?
Thanks to our Japanese Knotweed specialists we are proud members of the Property Care Associations ‘Invasive Weed Control Group’. This certifies that our Japanese Knotweed company will provide industry leading solutions. This provides you with the comfort that work will be carried out to an extremely high standard from an audited contractor.
We are proud members of the Property Care Association’s (PCA) ‘Invasive Weed Control Group’ (IWG) which ensures you receive the industry’s leading solutions to a high standard and all from an audited contractor.