Could Your Thanet Garden Threaten Your House Sale?
16/06/2023 1382
Plants That Can Impact Your Property Sale

Plants That Can Impact Your Property Sale

Post pandemic, having outside space has taken on a whole new level of importance and can add significant value to a property. But what happens when your garden oasis threatens the chance of selling your home?

Some lush green plants might look nice but could signal trouble for a house sale.

Plants That May Impact Your Selling Price

Japanese Knotweed

The number one culprit for knocking value off homes is Japanese Knotweed, which can grow up to 10cm in a day and is illegal to plant. The powerful root system can weaken the foundations of a property, damage drainage systems, and uproot paving slabs. It's been labeled an 'invasive' plant and can knock as much as 15% off house prices because of the chaos it can cause.

Giant Hogweed

Although this plant is quite attractive, it can cause serious skin irritation and requires expert removal. Bizarrely, it's part of the carrot family but is so dangerous it can cause burns to the skin. Once removed, it's classified as controlled waste and needs to go to landfill.


Just like Japanese Knotweed, bamboo plants can grow incredibly quickly and wreak havoc on a property's foundations and brickwork. While not illegal to plant, the roots can spread to neighboring properties, and if it starts causing damage, you could be liable for costs. While it may not directly affect your house price, it could cause future problems for buyers depending on the type of bamboo and its root system.

Large Trees (Oak, Poplar, and Willow)

If you have large trees in your garden or close to your home, be warned that they could impact your house price. The roots of large trees can spread out up to 40m, wriggling their way under building structures and paving stones, causing general damage. It's best to consult an expert tree surgeon or the Local Authority if you have concerns.

Other plants that could hamper your house sale include:

  • Ivy: While nice to look at, it can get into cracks, lift roof tiles, and damage pipework.
  • Himalayan Balsam: Don't be fooled by the beautiful purple flowers; this plant is illegal to plant. It grows so fast it can quickly kill off other plants and cause a nuisance.
  • Leylandii trees: Typically grown as hedges, apart from annoying neighbors and blocking light, their fast-spreading roots can cause damage.

When selling a property, people tend to deal with interior issues before going to market. However, it's a good idea to also assess the front and back gardens for any concerns that could arise. That way, you won’t be caught off guard as a potential sale progresses.

If you’re looking to sell your home, contact us at Cooke & Co Estate and Letting Agents today.

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