Japanese Knotweed Removal Cost

How much does it cost?

Most people have never heard of Japanese Knotweed. When their conveyancing surveyor tells them that the plant is in their garden, they usually get the impression that they will not be able to sell their property. The most common question we get asked when people first contact us is what the Japanese Knotweed removal cost will be.

Most of our clients discovered they have Japanese knotweed after a conveyancing survey was conducted to sell their property. It can be pretty scary hearing this, knowing that Japanese knotweed removal costs are relatively high on their agenda. The usual sequence of events we see when someone thinks they have Japanese Knotweed or are told they have it is as follows. They Google ‘Japanese Knotweed’ to find pictures of Japanese Knotweed or ‘Japanese Knotweed removal cost’ to determine how serious it can be. The internet can cause hysteria and panic and make things seem much worse.

If someone suspects they have Japanese Knotweed in their garden or that of a neighbour, that could cause a problem with their property. The best thing to do is ring a Japanese Knotweed removal specialist. Whilst Japanese Knotweed can be initially a frightening thing to find out about, we are here to reassure you. Through a site survey, we can quickly identify it and produce a plan of action to eliminate it. We will provide the client with a bespoke management plan to eradicate the Knotweed and a 10-year insurance-backed guarantee that mortgage lenders and conveyancing surveyors require.

Another thing we frequently encounter is alarmed customers ringing us saying they have read something on the internet or have been told something. A lot of the time, the things they are worrying about are false claims. Please get in touch with us or another specialist to get the facts and also to seek reassurance. We deal with Japanese Knotweed daily and have the knowledge and expertise to help.

We have realised that in around 80% of cases, when a conveyancing surveyor suspects Japanese Knotweed, they are wrong! This is not a case of them not knowing what they are talking about, but simply if they suspect it could be. They are best getting an expert involved to verify one way or the other. If it is missed, it could be a costly fix. So, it is essential to catch it as soon as possible.

Japanese knotweed removal cost differs on a case-by-case basis. It depends on the area covered, the density of the stand, the access to the area, whether several parties are required to be involved, and much more. What we can say is that a survey costs £200. Two of our surveyors will usually conduct the study, and a full report will be issued to you the next day. This can then be provided to your conveyancing surveyor. Whilst we appreciate that £200 is still a substantial amount of money, the peace of mind and reassurance that comes with that is worth the spend. If we do not find Japanese Knotweed present, it has saved you money and time. If we do find it, the survey cost will be deducted from any removal work we do for you.

We provide free advice on any issue related to Japanese Knotweed. If you suspect you have Japanese Knotweed and want to talk through your options and worst and best-case scenarios, give us a call. We do not charge for advice and aim to reassure you and help you be safe in the knowledge that whatever the situation, it can be sorted. While Japanese knotweed removal costs will be high on your agenda, they might not even reach that stage. We may have been able to decide via a picture sent to us that you do not have Japanese Knotweed.

In some circumstances, we may still need to visit your property; this can be the case, especially if a conveyancing surveyor has suspected that Japanese Knotweed may be present. This is a stipulation of the mortgage, and we will have to visit your property and conduct a survey to satisfy their request.
If, after we have carried out a site survey, we have identified that you do have Japanese Knotweed, our survey report will include the following: information about our company, photographs of the Japanese Knotweed, relevant legislation, a plan view of your property and neighbouring area, an RICS chart (identifying the severity and risk factors) and a recommended treatment plan.

As mentioned above, sometimes a mortgage company or conveyancing surveyor will insist on a survey report even if Japanese Knotweed is not identified. In this instance, we will still provide a report that includes all necessary information for the mortgage lender to ensure your mortgage can proceed. Our survey report will typically be with you the day after the survey, thus allowing you to proceed with a property sale as soon as possible.
To summarise, whether you have been told you have Japanese Knotweed or think you have Japanese Knotweed, get in touch with Japanese Knotweed Plus. We will reassure you and promptly offer the best options to deal with Japanese Knotweed.