When you are getting ready to move into your new home, it can be fun to think about the decorating. You may be excited about incorporating different colors or themes. The interior of the home is not the only area that needs decorating.
However, the outside of your home is the first thing that is visible to guests and neighbors. Quality landscaping can add value and beauty to your home. Even the mailbox adds to the décor. You can choose from many varieties with different looks and functions.
Where you are moving (your neighborhood)
If you are moving into a newly built home, you may be met with specific restrictions. Many neighborhoods hold their residents to high standards when it comes to the appearance of the property. You may have to submit an application to make major changes. There may also be detailed information about the type of accessories you can have on your lawn. Restrictions on mailboxes may be included in this. Check with the neighborhood association before you purchase a mailbox that is out of the ordinary. These rules may mention things like size, color, and material.
Your mailman/mail lady (mail delivery habits)
The mode of delivery for your neighborhood may also determine the type of mailbox you choose. Some areas get front door mail delivery. You may have to install a mail slot on your door or get a mailbox that attaches to the wall on your front porch. The ones for your wall often look nice with decorative address numbers on them.
Think about the things you receive in the mail. If you have a lot of packages, you may want to consider a larger mailbox made to house boxes. This can make deliveries less noticeable to thieves that look for packages to steal off front porches. If you live on a busy street, there are models that open in both the front and the back. This way the mailman can deliver your mail as normal, but you do not have to walk out in the busy street to retrieve it.
Will the look fit, or clash!? (aesthetics)
Once you decide on a type of mailbox, you can look for something that looks nice in front of your home. There are often metal and plastic varieties to choose from. You may prefer something that looks old-fashioned or something more modern. Some are even built into columns. A brick column can be built for the mailbox to fit into if you would like something sturdy and that matches your home perfectly.
The flag on a mailbox is not included in every model, however, it does serve a purpose. This flag alerts the mail carrier knows there is mail to be taken out for delivery.
Remember that mailboxes can be simple, extravagant and at times even funny looking. Here are a few general things to consider:
- How big should your mailbox be? Think in terms of the present, and future and how many people will be receiving mail at your home.
- Where will it be? Will the mailbox be attached to the front of your home, or stand-alone on your front lawn, end of a driveway, etc.
- Are you in need of a multi-family mailbox? Do you need security and/or locking mechanisms on your mailbox?
- What kind of weather do you get on average and how will this affect your mailbox?
The mailbox for your new home should last many years, especially if you choose one with a sturdy column. Make sure your new mailbox complies with rules of décor in your neighborhood before you install it. A decorative mailbox can easily compliment a well-manicured lawn. Enjoy choosing one that complements your home and personal style.