Selling a house with Japanese Knotweed is usually an uphill task, beset by numerous legal and extraneous costs. However it is never impossible! As long as you stay proactive by disclosing the presence of the weed as per local law and setting up an effective insurance-backed control programme with the assistance of a qualified PCA-accredited practitioner, selling an infected property should be possible. The real challenge lies in being able to do this without bringing unnecessary competition to the market. It is however, very important that you take the necessary precautions prior to commencing any marketing strategy for the removal of knotweed!
Prior to selling a house with Japanese Knotweed, it is crucial to gain knowledge on the various facts and conditions that affect the condition of the plant. Firstly it must be established what type of infestation is present, in order to know what actions need to be taken. In most cases, the presence of the weed is indicated by dark, damp patches that are surrounded by healthy foliage. It is also crucial to gain knowledge on the normal growing conditions of the plants as to how the infestation has progressed to the stage of invasion. In all cases, the fungus needs to be identified and eradicated before commencing any treatment or cleaning process.
Identifying the infestation is a very important step towards selling a house with Japanese knotweed, as only then can the correct measures to be adopted. Once the extent of the infestation has been established, a suitable Japanese knotweed control plan should be developed. Such a plan should take into account the type of infestation, whether it is localized or not, the severity of the infestation, possible barriers to infestation and the time available for the removal process. Without such a management plan for a complete cleaning process could take years and cost a lot of money.
If selling a house with Japanese knotweed identification is known, it will make the entire process a lot simpler and save a lot of time, money and effort for both buyer and owner. Knotweed identification provides important details about the plant including: what it looks like, where it grows, when it grows, what part of the plant it grows up in (which also determines its eventual location), what triggers it growth (like exposure to water, sunlight, air etc.) and what its eventual fruit size and habits are.
But unfortunately not every homeowner who wants to sell a house with Japanese knotweed identification has access to this information. For example, in the United States, only five states (Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Utah) have laws requiring that retailers give detailed information about the infestation to the customer before a sale is completed. None of these laws apply to borrowers or mortgage lenders. In fact, even some mortgage lenders do not want to know or provide the information, since it could mean the difference between closing the deal quickly and having to pay significant costs to remove Japanese knotweed from the home completely.
Borrowers or buyers beware! Before selling your property, first obtain the necessary information about Japanese knotweed infestation management plans, if applicable, from your real estate agent, your state or local zoning office, or from the Department of Agriculture (USDA). Then, thoroughly research all of the options.