Should I get a knotweed survey today?

Are you worried about Japanese Knotweed on your property?

Deciding whether to get a Japanese knotweed survey immediately depends on a few factors, such as the potential presence of the plant on your property, your plans for the property, and any immediate risks it may pose.

Considerations for Immediate Survey:

  1. Property Transactions: If you are in the process of buying, selling, or refinancing a property, and there’s a suspicion or evidence of Japanese knotweed, it’s prudent to get a survey as soon as possible. Mortgage lenders often require confirmation of the plant’s presence and a management plan before proceeding.
  2. Visible Signs: If you’ve noticed what you suspect could be Japanese knotweed on your property, getting a professional survey can confirm its presence and the extent of the infestation. Early detection and management can prevent  damage and higher costs later.
  3. Exaggeration: In most situations Japanese Knotweed does not tend to cause damage.
  4. Legal Obligations: In some areas, there are legal obligations to control invasive species like Japanese knotweed. Understanding the extent of an infestation through a survey can help you comply with local regulations and avoid potential legal issues.
  5. Neighbour Concerns: If Japanese knotweed is encroaching from neighbouring properties, a survey can provide the documentation needed to address the issue collaboratively or legally, if necessary.

Maybe considerations for Waiting:

  1. Seasonal Growth: The visibility and identifiability of Japanese knotweed vary with seasons. It’s most easily identified from late spring through early fall. If it’s outside this period, you might decide to wait until the plant is actively growing and more easily identified.
  2. Cost and Planning: While some companies offer free surveys if treatment is subsequently required, you might want to budget for potential treatment costs or compare different service providers.
  3. No Immediate Threat: If the suspected area of infestation is not posing an immediate threat to property structures, you might opt to wait while monitoring the situation closely.

Its worth noting:

if you suspect the presence of Japanese knotweed and it could affect property transactions, pose a legal obligation, or cause immediate damage, it’s beneficial to act sooner rather than later. However, if these concerns are not pressing, you have the flexibility to plan and act according to your timeline, especially outside the plant’s growing season. Assessing your situation against these considerations can help you make an informed decision.

If a Japanese Knotweed survey is the right choice for you. Our specialized surveyor will inspect your property, inside and out, to determine the location and extent of any infestation. We will provide a detailed report with recommendations for treatment and management. Don’t wait; schedule your Japanese Knotweed survey today!

We recommend getting a Japanese knotweed survey if you are buying or selling a property or suspect the plant is on your property. Japanese Knotweed can cause significant damage to buildings and infrastructure and can also be a nuisance to the natural environment. It is essential to know if there is an infestation on your property so that you can take the necessary steps to manage it. A survey will typically include an inspection of the inside and outside property. We will provide a report to the property owner or potential buyer. The report will typically include information on the location, extent, and potential impact of the infestation, as well as recommendations for treatment and management.

Japanese knotweed survey report usually includes a section on the “dos and don’ts” regarding the plant. This section provides practical advice on how to manage and control the infestation. This would include guidelines on what actions should be taken to prevent the spread of the plant. Ways to minimize its impact on the property and surrounding areas. This section may also include information on the legal obligations associated with Japanese Knotweed—and the consequences of failing to take appropriate action. The “dos and don’ts” section is integral to the report. It provides valuable information to help the property owner or potential buyer understand the implications of the infestation and take appropriate steps to manage it effectively.

If you would like further information regarding Japanese Knotweed, contact Stephen on 07753682333

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