CCPIA Videos - Certified Commercial Property Inspectors Association

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​​In terms of inspecting, landscaping refers to ongoing grounds or landscaping maintenance, such as lawn care, tree trimming, waste management, clearing debris, and weed and root control. The ComSOP does not create an expectation that any inspection of the exterior grounds will rise to the level provided by a horticulturist, landscape architect, or arborist. Inspectors are not considered with the aesthetic of the landscaping; rather, their concern lies with identifying safety issues or potential impacts on the building. The following are items to pay attention to: 

  • Vegetation growing close to or overhanging the building.
  • Vegetation that is dead and in need of clearing, or in need of attention. 
  • Accumulation of leaves and debris at the foundation, leading to drainage issues.
  • Trees shedding excessive debris onto the roof, leading to increased maintenance needs (such as clogged drains or vegetation growth on the roof).
  • Underground roots near utilities and sewer pipes, raising concerns about potential root intrusion.
  • Underground roots damaging walkways, creating potential trip hazards.
  • Any other issues that could adversely affect the safety or functionality of the building’s systems.

Lack of maintenance can damage the building as well as other systems, as well as create safety hazards. Inspectors should discuss the scope of the landscaping portion of the inspection with their clients, especially for large properties with expansive landscaping and vegetation. Landscaping and maintenance needs can become costly for clients and should be planned for. If left unkempt, other building systems such as walkways, siding, and roofing can be adversely affected.


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