If your mailbox looks anything like ours, then it’s time to replace it. (No you can’t just keep duct taping it.)
How to Install a Mailbox: Quick and Easy Tips
Replacing your old mailbox is a great beginner project that is relatively easy. Here are 5 helpful tips to make your new mailbox install go smoothly.
#1 Buy a Plastic Mailbox Post Cover
If you’re looking for a low maintenance option, then plastic is the way to go. Plastic sleeves have come a long way from looking like a Step 2 kids product. They come in an array of colors and styles and there’s very little maintenance after you install them.
#2 Make Sure Your Post is Level and Square with the Road or Curb
As much as I love the plastic mailbox sleeves, there’s almost no wiggle room for error. With that being said, if your post is slightly off you will notice it once you install the finished mailbox.
#3 Check if Your Post Requires a Mounting Bracket
When I installed our mailbox post, I read nothing about a mounting bracket. Turns out most mailboxes need one. The mounting bracket attaches to the post and the underside of the mailbox where there is a gap. They come in metal and plastic and if you’re looking for something longlasting, I recommend spending a few more dollars on a metal bracket.
#4 Measure and Plan Where the Mailbox Needs to Be
Believe it or not, there are a lot of guidelines when it comes to how far and how high a mailbox needs to be from the road. On USPS.com they recommend having the mailbox from 41″ to 45″ off the ground and having the MAILBOX (NOT the post) 6″ to 8″ from the road.
#5 Buy a Large Metal Mailbox
Since you can buy your mailbox separately from the post, it’s a great idea to buy a larger mailbox so larger packages can fit. It will also last longer than a plastic mailbox and it doesn’t fade the way plastic ones do. It’s worth the upgrade.
Well, there you have it. This is an awesome project for beginners and it has a big impact on curb appeal. Have you installed a mailbox lately? Share your tips and tricks below!