Selling a House With Himalayan Balsam

Himalayan balsam is an invasive plant species that can make some properties harder to sell, so it can be helpful to know some tips about how to still attract a buyer’s fair and fast offer.

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Your top questions when selling a house with Himalayan balsam

✅ What does it mean to have Himalayan balsam at my house?

Himalayan balsam is an invasive plant, meaning it does not naturally grow in the UK and was introduced here through seeds brought from the Western Himalayas in the 1800s. Some properties in the UK have this invasive plant in the garden, and it has the ability to grow and spread quickly, possibly causing hurdles to selling those homes.

✅ What are some ways to help identify whether my house has Himalayan balsam?

The appearance of the invasive plant Himalayan balsam is a weed that has stems which have a reddish colour along with jagged green leaves and flowers that grow in varying pink and purple shades. Generally this is a similar but not identical appearance to the equally problematic Japanese knotweed. Himalayan balsam typically grows up to about two metres tall.

✅ What are the consequences of a property having Himalayan balsam?

The main problem with Himalayan balsam is that it quickly takes up most of the space and nutrients in a garden, which kills off non-invasive plants. And because Himalayan balsam can spread thousands of seeds, it’s a problem that can spread fast and be hard to control. If the invasive plant spreads to a neighbour’s property, this can also create legal issues.

✅ Why are some people wary about buying a home that has Himalayan balsam?

The potential harm that Himalayan balsam can cause to the surrounding non-invasive plants is one of the main reasons why buyers could be wary about making an offer on your home, as they may not want the hassle of dealing with this situation. The possibility of legal issues with the invasive plant affecting a neighbour’s garden could also deter some buyers.

✅ Should I remove Himalayan balsam from my property before selling it?

It is possible to remove Himalayan balsam from a garden, and it’s a fairly straightforward process of pulling the invasive plant out of the ground – although it can leave seeds behind that may then grow, causing the problem to reoccur. You’ll need to decide whether you can spare the time, effort and potentially money involved with removing it before selling your home.

✅ Will I need to pay commission when selling a home with Himalayan balsam?

Not necessarily, because you won’t pay any fees if you sell your home without any assistance or if you sell it to zero-commission quick home buyer like LDN Properties. By contrast, if you sell your property using the services of either an auctioneer or an estate agent then you will need to pay them commission and this will be deducted from the eventual sale proceeds.

✅ What is the typical timeline for selling a property that has Himalayan balsam?

If you decide to sell your house using a quick buyer like LDN Properties, the whole process should only take a few short weeks, and this includes the exchange of contracts and paying you the sale proceeds. Selling with an estate agent, auctioneer or on your own can all take at least many months and sometimes more than a full year.

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