Summer is a great time to create fabulous curb appeal for your home. Painting shutters and the front door, attaching flower boxes under the windows, and adding beautiful annual and perennial plants can do wonders for your outdoor decor. Another way to enhance your home's curb appeal is to replace your old mailbox. Here are 4 things to know about mailboxes:
1. If you live in a neighborhood with covenants, make sure you understand any limitations before making changes to your current mailbox. If covenants aren't an issue, there are many options to choose from. Curbside mailboxes are generally required to be 41-45" above the road surface and set back 6-8" from the curb. Before installing a new mailbox, check with your local post office to make sure you install the mailbox properly.
2. In many cases, the mailbox is the first thing a visitor notices about a home. Choose one that makes a lasting impression, works well with the home, and fits your personality. Curbside mailboxes are usually mounted on a post that is cemented into the ground; adding plants around the post enhances the curb appeal of the home.
3. Consider how much and what types of mail you receive. For an average volume of mail, a small to medium size box will work well. If you and your family receive large packages or high volumes of mail, you may want to invest in a larger mailbox with more storage capacity.
4. Consider the weather your mailbox will be subjected to. Steel mailboxes (with a powder-coated finish) are very strong and durable, and do well in harsh elements. Aluminum mailboxes are durable, lightweight, and attractive. Plastic mailboxes, made from sturdy polypropylene, will never rust and are easy to maintain.
Other available features include locks, rear-access doors, and compartments for newspapers. For assistance selecting and installing a new mailbox, please contact:
Mr. Handyman of Wheaton-Hinsdale
245 W. Roosevelt Road #69
West Chicago, IL