Category Archives: Uncategorised

The Benefits on an RICS Home Survey

…guest blog by Zak Arden,

Buyer beware!

When you purchase a property in the UK, you do so under the principle of caveat emptor – Latin for “Let the buyer beware”. As the buyer, it is solely your responsibility to complete any required due diligence on the property and surrounding area. Once you have completed on your purchase, you will be financially responsible for any hidden defects uncovered in the property or any environmental issues that may affect it.


Therefore, it is incredibly importance that you obtain as much information as possible before completing on your purchase. There are 3 types of survey which offer to help you make a good, informed decision about a property. These are: the RICS Valuation, the RICS HomeBuyer Report and the most comprehensive option, the RICS Building Survey.



What the surveys cover

When you are purchasing a property, the type of survey you require will depend on the information you are looking for and the nature of the property. If you are only interest in determining the property’s value, then you the type of survey you require is the RICS Valuation, which will give a more substantiated market value. The inspection is longer than a mortgage valuation and the report is more detailed. The valuation survey is suitable for all property types and ages.

There are three levels of RICS home survey that report on a property’s condition, these are: RICS Condition Report, RICS HomeBuyer Report and RICS Building Survey. Which level of survey you commission will depend on the age and tenure of the property you are buying. Both the Condition Report and HomeBuyer Report are concise reports and suitable for standard construction properties, built no earlier than 1900. Large, dilapidated or unusual properties require the Building Survey, which is the most in-depth report, completed by a Chartered Surveyor.

Why choose a survey?

levelThe average homebuyer who bought a property in 2014 without an independent survey faced repairs bills of £5,750. If you are unfortunate enough to uncover Japanese Knotweed, the cost can far exceed this. In 2014, 17% of buyers without a survey faced repair bills of £12,000. An independent RICS Surveyor can help ensure you don’t uncover costly hidden defects when you purchase.

Get free quotes today is a brokerage for RICS Chartered Surveyors. You can get free, fixed quotes from local RICS Chartered Surveyors by either visiting our website or calling us on 0333 011 6683.


Ten years for the Trust Mark Scheme – not just a ‘white van man’

As a member of the Property Care Association, Longfield Knotweed Solutions Ltd are in the Trust Mark scheme.  To become on the list of government endorsed businesses, there are a number of strict guidelines which have to be followed – not as simple as just signing up!

The scheme is celebrating its 10 year anniversary and here is an article giving detail to its growing importance for customers when they consider Trust Mark - Government endorsed standards: Invasive weed controllers a company for a job.

If you are interested in the detail of the scheme the Trust Mark published a report which even mentions the Property Care Association and its high standards members adhere to.

Japanese Knotweed Training at Countrywide’s Head Office, Milton Keynes

A lovely opportunity to train new surveyors in the identification, legal concerns and  control options for dealing with Japanese Knotweed.

Longfield Knotweed Solutions Ltd were asked to present an hours training session to give confidence for surveyors  in identifying Japanese Knotweed and providing an overview of the control options available to home owners in dealing with an infestation. Practical case studies were provided and discussed.

Really good fun – great training group!  All the best to the class in passing their RICS (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors) exams!

If you think your company could benefit from bespoke training around Japanese Knotweed then please contact me.  Here was the course organisers review on Facebook –

Today, my training group was fortunate enough to have a detailed lecture from Charlotte Faint from Longfield Knotweed Solutions. Not only were we advised of the destructive nature of the plant, but common law, diagnosis techniques, eradication methodology and guarantee options were discussed at length to conclude a whole and rounded delivery. All questions were welcomed, all answers were advised, and most importantly, each member of the group actually handled some Japanese Knotweed, for a complete experience. Thank you Charlotte for a brilliant session and we look forward to dealing with you soon.’ Guy Harris

Japanese Knotweed cracking a wall
Japanese Knotweed cracking a wall

Property Care Association (PCA) Inaugural Invasive Weed Conference

It was great to attend the first Invasive Weed Conference by the Property Care Association especially being a member!  Lots of discussion about best practice in terms of controlling and eradicating Japanese Knotweed as well as the latest updates on alternatives to herbicide treatment.


Is this Japanese Knotweed?

Not Japanese Knotweed! At Beckenham
Not Japanese Knotweed! At Beckenham
Not Japanese Knotweed! At Beckenham
Not Japanese Knotweed! At Beckenham
Not Japanese Knotweed! At Beckenham
Not Japanese Knotweed! At Beckenham



I am often asked how to identify Japanese Knotweeed.  Here is a photo of Russian Vine – it looks a little like Japanese Knotweed, but the main differences are as follows –


It’s a vine – Japanese Knotweed is more like bamboo as the stems shoot upwards, not twisting and turning like a vine.

The stem is red  – The stems of Japanese Knotweed are green and can be specked red. Where the leaves come off from the stem/branch is red but it is Ziz-zag in appearance.

The leaves – generally Japanese Knotweed leaves are much broader and wider.

Flowers – Japanese Knotweed flowers are generally less white, but yes.. white!

Still unsure?  Then feel free to email me at with a photo or two and I will do my best to confirm if its  Japanese Knotweed!