Your mailbox is not likely something you think about very often, but it can have a big impact on the way people view your home. This can be especially true if your mailbox is rusty, damaged or otherwise has seen better days. Giving your mailbox a facelift can make a big difference in how your home looks, even if your mailbox stands alone near the road.
How much work should you put into your mailbox, will depend on the condition of your mailbox. If you need ideas, here are a few things that cover everything from basic retouches to entire rebuilds of the mounting of the box to create a new look on your property. You may be surprised at how many ways there are to revamp your mailbox.
The simplest way to give your mailbox an upgrade is with a simple coat of paint or get something like a magnetic mailbox cover. These will both improve the current look and protect it from further damage from the elements. Wash and dry the mailbox beforehand and use a wire brush to get off any obvious rust. Cover the numbers and flag with painter’s tape or apply new numbers after painting so it is easy to read.
If your mailbox is in decent shape but just seems dull, another option is to add decorations such as decals or other things you can secure to the box. Those decorations can even be swapped out throughout the year keeping them relevant with upcoming holidays or seasons. Just make sure your decorations don’t obscure your house numbers that can make it difficult for postal workers.
Mailbox Revitalization Project
Bigger mailbox renovation projects can include installing your mailbox on a custom wrought-iron post, a wooden mail station that the box could sit on or a brick like enclosure. These can be purely decorative or functional by adding things such as a dropbox for packages as well. Depending on the options you choose you may even be able to match the look of your mailbox with the look of your home or other property features. Keep in mind that depending on where your mailbox is located you may have limitations on what you can install based on local ordinance.
When undertaking this project, you may decide to move the location of your mailbox such as moving from the side of your home to an enclosure near the end of your driveway. This can improve the look but check with your local post office first. Moving a mailbox without clearing it by the post office can lead to a variety of issues including fines and undelivered mail.
If you want to go for a bigger project or something more than you can DIY, give us a call. We have contractors and resources available to give you at any time and we love to be your real estate resource for life.