Here at Taylor Total Weed Control, we offer two different types of surveys depending on the level of information that you need. A basic survey will help you identify whether you have Japanese knotweed or not, while our in-depth survey will give you a wealth of information about the problem.
Basic Japanese Knotweed Survey
This Japanese knotweed survey is supplied to you free of charge*. It will tell you whether or not there is Japanese knotweed on the site and it will tell you the different prices for our treatment options.
*This survey is free of charge unless there are high travel costs to get to the site.
Detailed Japanese Knotweed Report (JKMP)
The Japanese knotweed management plan (or JKMP) is a much more detailed report that some lenders may insist you provide. Unlike our basic Japanese knotweed survey, this report contains much more detail about:
- The location and severity of the Japanese knotweed
- A map of the site with the locations clearly marked
- Treatment options and prices for 3 different treatments, their schedules, and timings.
- Details about our guarantees, which can be 5 or 10 years long
- Confirmation that we are a PCA registered company
- Information about what you should and should not do to treat the Japanese knotweed
- Information about what you should expect during and after our treatment programs
This plan costs £250+ VAT and is payable on top of the Japanese knotweed treatment program that you choose. Of course, we leave the final decision as to which treatment program you want to use up to you. However, you should be aware that most lenders will insist on a treatment program with a 5 or 10-year insurance-backed guarantee from a PCA-registered company like ourselves.
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What happens during the Japanese knotweed surveys
People often ask us what we do when we attend their property to look for Japanese knotweed. The steps we take are as follows:
1. First, we carry out a visual survey of the garden/grounds.
2. We take a look at the surrounding grounds and neighboring property to see if there are any signs of Japanese knotweed there.
3. If we identify Japanese knotweed in either place, we make a not about the size of the area, the size of the plants, the location, and the distances from the property and the boundaries.
4. We also take note of the plant's characteristics, encroachment, and the various laws surrounding Japanese knotweed so that you have a full picture of the problem.
If you opt for the JKMP, we will also carry out the following steps:
5. We'll take photographs of the property, the garden, and the grounds for your records.
6. We'll create a detailed map of the site with highlighted areas showing where the Japanese knotweed contamination is, the size of the area, and whether there's a water source close to the knotweed/property.
7. On top of this, we'll carry out an RICS risk assessment and provide health and safety details for all of our treatment programs on your property.
Once we've attended your property and carried out our tests for signs of Japanese knotweed, we should be able to send you the results within 24-72 hours.
Buying, selling, or remortgaging?
When it comes to buying, selling, or remortgaging a house, there are a few things that can really slow the process down and get in the way. One of these is Japanese knotweed.
Lenders may ask for a surveyor to attend the property to look for signs of established or developing Japanese knotweed. If they have any suspicion that Japanese knotweed is on or near the property, the mortgage application may be delayed. This causes a real headache for you and anyone else involved in the housing chain.
The mortgage lender may ask you to arrange an in-depth property survey from a PCA-registered Japanese knotweed contractor (like Taylor Total Weed Control) to determine the level of risk and to put a suitable treatment program in place. That's where our JKMP survey comes into play.
You can give us a call to arrange a time for us to survey the property. You don't even have to meet us there, as long as we can access the space where the Japanese knotweed is suspected to be, we'll be able to conduct the survey, no problem.
If you have any other questions about our Japanese knotweed surveys, or if you'd like to speak to our team about arranging one for your property, fill in the enquiry form below and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.