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Japanese knotweed frequently causes house sales to fall through. This problematic plant tends to make mortgage providers very nervous indeed, and it's common for lenders to pull out when a surveyor discovers Fallopia japonica within (or near) the property's boundaries.

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A customer of ours in Caerphilly recently experienced this first hand. Paul Flynn thought he had found a buyer for his property, but his good mood was spoiled when the other party's surveyor reported that there was Japanese knotweed within a few metres of the house. The lender warned that, unless Mr Flynn sought a comprehensive treatment plan (complete with an insurance-backed guarantee), the transaction would not go ahead.

With his plans hanging by a thread, Mr Flynn contacted Taylor Total Weed Control and arranged for us to carry out a Japanese knotweed inspection. Happily, we found that the surveyor had made a common mistake - the plant in question was not Fallopia japonica, but one of the many plants that look similar to Japanese knotweed.

This meant that the sale was able to go ahead with no need for a long-term knotweed treatment programme. Here's what the relieved Mr Flynn had to say about us:

"I contacted Taylor Total Weed Control to check for the presence of Japanese knotweed on a property I was selling.

"The buyer's surveyor had stated it was evident within 4 metres of the property. Taylor Total Weed Control made arrangements to visit the next working day to carry out a survey and inspection.

"Not only did they check the property extremities, they also checked outside the boundaries as well as in the neighbour's garden - all while observing the current COVID rules.

"They confirmed that Japanese knotweed was not present. It would have been easy for them to agree with the buyer's surveyor and sell me an expensive treatment programme, as I had no idea what I was looking for.

"So I have to commend them on their honesty and professionalism, which is too often lacking in business these days. I would have no hesitation in recommending Taylor Total Weed Control to anyone with similar requirements."

- Paul Flynn, Caerphilly

The moral of the story is that, when Japanese knotweed threatens to sabotage your house sale, you should always call an experienced knotweed specialist to assess the situation. You may discover that there's no Japanese knotweed on the property after all!

If you're in the midst of a knotweed scare, call Taylor Total Weed Control on 029 2039 7554 to arrange a Japanese knotweed survey. Our qualified experts can identify whether Fallopia japonica is growing in the vicinity of your home, and if it is, we will be happy to recommend a range of cost-effective treatment options.

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