Selling my house with Japanese knotweed

If you have Japanese knotweed present on your property, you might be concerned about how it will affect your ability to sell your home. We discuss tips for selling your home with Japanese Knotweed in this article below.

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Selling a property with Japanese knotweed – Questions

These are some of the most common questions we’re asked by homeowners who want to sell their property but are concerned about the presence of Japanese knotweed:

✅ Is it impossible to sell a house if there is Japanese knotweed on the property?

No. You have several options for selling, whether or not you treat the weed. You could list the property for auction and hope for a high bid on the auction date, or you might consider trying to sell it through an estate agent, or you may want to work with a property buying company to get a quick cash offer for selling your house or flat.

✅ What options do I have available for treating Japanese knotweed at my house?

You should not try to fix the problem yourself, because disturbing the weed can make it worse and cause it to spread quickly. Instead, the best approach is to contact a licensed specialist who knows how to identify and remove Japanese knotweed. They will also use chemicals to prevent the weed from coming back after it’s removed.

✅ Should I try treating Japanese knotweed before selling my home, or sell it as is?

This is a question whose answer will depend on your individual circumstances, including your potential budget for paying to remove the weed, and also your timeline for moving out because removal can be a lengthy process. If you have a limited budget or want a fast sale, you could consider trying to sell your home "as is" without treating the weed.

✅ How do I know if my property has Japanese knotweed?

Japanese knotweed is an invasive weed that can spready very quickly and cause damage to the structural integrity of a property. You can identify this weed with a few unique elements, such as having leaves that are heart-shaped, stems that have a zigzag appearance, the presence of small, white clusters of flowers around the leaves, and hollow stems.

✅ Why is Japanese knotweed seen as problematic for properties?

Some potential buyers might view a home with Japanese knotweed negatively because of its potential ability to undermine the structural integrity of a leasehold or freehold property. They might have concerns about the future possibility of the Japanese knotweed causing damage to the home, or they might worry about the costs of fixing any damage that has happened.

✅ Am I required to treat Japanese knotweed before trying to sell my home?

There is no legal requirement that you treat an existing Japanese knotweed problem at your property before you attempt to sell it. You might find that it’s easier to attract more buyers and with better value offers when you treat the problem before trying to sell the home, but you could still get a fast and fair offer for the house or flat if you sell to a quick home buyer.

✅ What is the speediest way to sell a property with Japanese knotweed?

Your best option is likely getting in touch with LDN Properties or another quick property buyer, because these companies have extensive experience with purchasing homes that have problems such as Japanese knotweed. Selling this way should only take a handful of weeks, and that includes the time taken to exchange contracts and pay you the proceeds.

✅ What fees will I have to pay when selling my home with Japanese knotweed?

If you decide to sell without any assistance or you sell to a legitimate no-fee quick buyer like LDN Properties then you will not have to pay any commission, which helps to keep your selling costs low. If you sell through an auctioneer or estate agent then they will charge you commission that will be subtracted right away from the final sale proceeds.

✅ What assurances do I have that I can trust a quick buyer when selling my home?

Ask individual quick home buyers if they are members of a third party entity known as The Property Ombudsman (TPO). This organisation writes rules to guard homeowners against fraud in the quick buying sector, and all TPO members must follow these regulations, which should give you additional peace of mind when selling to one of these companies.

✅ How can I verify whether a quick buyer belongs to TPO?

It is free, quick and simple to check if a company is genuinely registered with TPO – just visit the organisation’s website and then click on the Find a Member tab and type in the name of a specific company. If they are truly registered, like LDN Properties, then you’ll see their membership details, but you will get no results if they are not a legitimate TPO member.

Selling your home is possible even when Japanese knotweed is present

At LDN Properties, our friendly team of experts has many years of experience working with homeowners looking to sell their house with Japanese knotweed.

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