Your mailbox says a lot about you. It’s often the first impression guests and neighbors have of your home. Are you stylish? Trendy? Conservative? Fun? Your choice of a post-mount mailbox can communicate a great deal about you and your family.
When it comes to the resale value of your home, your post-mount mailbox is the first architectural statement homebuyers encounter. So, it makes good sense to really take the time to select the perfect post mount mailbox to complement your home. In this article, you’ll find five great tips on choosing the perfect post-mount mailbox, also called a curbside mailbox for your residence.
Before you shop for a new residential mailbox, take three photos of your home – one in the morning light, another during daytime, and another at dusk. By having three photos of the exterior of your home, you’ll notice how the sunlight affects the colors of your home’s exterior and be in the perfect position to select the right color of residential mailbox for your home. If you are looking beyond the standard colors of white, brown, black or tan, or stainless, stop and consider purchasing a residential mailbox that matches one of the primary colors used in your home’s exterior: your primary color, your secondary color, or your accent color.
As you shop for a residential mailbox, consider the various mailbox styles you encounter and choose a post-mount mailbox style that complements your home’s dominant style. Not sure what is the dominant architectural style of your home? Look first at these three areas: the front door, the front windows, and the rooflines. These three areas are the most expressive parts of your home and function much like the eyes, nose, and mouth on our face. Then ask yourself, what’s the face of my home communicating? If you are unfamiliar with architectural terminology, stick with general styles such as Contemporary, Traditional, or Ranch. Of course, if you know your home has a distinct style such as Cape Cod, Victorian, French Tudor, Mediterranean, Ranch, Arts & Crafts, Colonial, Mission Revival, then note that particular look before you start your search for a post-mount mailbox. You will discover that curbside mailboxes are available in nearly every home style. Remember, your mailbox choice should complement your home’s style rather than contrast with it. In other words, putting a modern stainless steel curbside mailbox in front of a traditional style home would communicate that you are “style challenged.”
Choose a size that fits your postal and package needs. If you are often away and know your mailbox needs to accommodate several days of mail or if you regularly receive large packages, choose a large post-mount mailbox. Also consider a post-mount mailbox that complements the size of your home. Large estates of two acres or more look best with larger mailboxes while a huge column-mounted mailbox in front of a tiny home may tempt guests to knock on the mailbox door!
Remember that the style of the mailbox post should also match your mailbox and needs. Curbside mailboxes are available to mount on a post or inside of a brick or stucco column. When actually installing your mailbox, check with your local post office for proper placement and requirements.
If you would like assistance in finding the perfect residential mailbox for your home, contact the experts at RSI Builders at 702-736-1000.
Boost your home’s curb appeal with a stylish new mailbox. Installation is relatively simple. All you need are a few hours and some basic tools to get a great new look for just a little bit of money.
Keep federal regulations in mind when placing your new mailbox. Whether you’re replacing an existing mailbox or installing for the first time, make sure it will be easily accessible for your mail carrier. Things to remember during installation:
- The regulation height is 42-inches from the bottom of the mailbox to the ground.
- Your house number should be clearly marked on the mailbox with painted numbers or stickers no less than 1-inch high.
- The mailbox should be on the right-hand side of the road as traveled by the mail carrier.
- The mailbox should be located approximately 2 feet from the side of the road to ensure the carrier can get off the road enough to clear traffic.
Dig your post hole. The hole should be deep enough to hold 6-inches of gravel to promote drainage and set the post at the correct height. The bottom of the mailbox must be 42-inches off of the ground.
Pour about 6-inches of gravel into the hole.
Prepare the concrete mix according to manufacturer’s instructions.
Set the post and fill the hole with the prepared concrete mix. Tamp the mix while filling to eliminate air pockets. Make sure the post is plumb.
Slope the concrete around the base of the post to allow for water runoff. If you want to conceal the concrete, pour it within a few inches of the top of the hole and cover it with soil after the concrete has set.
Attach the mailbox to the post. Attachment brackets designed to fit a standard 4 x 4 post are available, but check to see if they come with your mailbox before purchasing them separately.
Check that the mailbox assembly is level. Adjust as needed.
Label the front and side of the box with your house numbers and name, if you wish. The numbers should be at least 1-inch high.
RSI Builders has the ability to remove and replace any style of mailbox, including installation of a new concrete base. We provide all painting for metal and plastic mailbox stations within your community. As well as, any stucco or stone veneer repairs.
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