For example, one cannot just install a wall mount mailbox on any postal route. The route must be a walk-up route already serviced by the United States Postal Service. And there are a variety of other concerns one should consider before installing wall mounted mailboxes.
In this article, the professionals at The MailboxWorks, the nation’s leading retailer of wall mount mailboxes, provide three tips for homeowners who want to install a wall mount mailbox like an expert:
- Choose the right location
- Confirm mailbox location with your Postmaster
- Mounting hardware
Install Wall Mount Mailbox In the Right Location
The first wall mount mailbox installation tip from the pros at The MailboxWorks is to take the time to find the best and most appropriate location for the mailbox.
Rather than simply mount the new mailbox where the old mailbox may have been located, consider the viewing angle from inside the home; can you see the mailbox from a sidelight window (alongside a door) or from a peephole or other window in the home?
Ask yourself, “Will I be able to see whether I have received mail or not from inside my home, or will I have to put on slippers to trek outside to check the mail?”
Homeowners who install their wall mount mailbox in locations where they can visually determine, from the safety of their home, whether they have mail or not, report feeling more secure about retrieving their mail. They also feel less frustrated about having to make multiple trips outside (or unnecessary trips during inclement weather) to get their mail.
Consider also the mounting height of your newly installed wall mounted mailbox. The United States Postal Service does not regulate the mounting height of wall mounted mailboxes so you must determine the proper height for your mailbox installation.
Obviously, you must mount the mailbox on the wall at a height where the postal carrier can reach and deliver one’s mail. However, you should take into consideration whether a child, a wheelchair bound person, or someone shorter may need to access your wall mounted mailbox. You might also want to consider mounting the wall mount mailbox at a height where you can see into your mailbox, or at eye level (or some place in between).
Get Postmaster Approval Before Installing Your Mailbox
Once you have selected your desired mailbox height and the specific location where you want to install your wall mount mailbox, the next step is to verify with your Postmaster that the location is acceptable.
While the United States Postal Service requires that wall mounted mailboxes be installed in a location accessible by a walkway and along the postal carrier’s route, this instruction does leave some “wiggle room” as to where along that walkway route wall mount mailboxes can be installed.
For example, if one rarely uses their front door but accesses their home through their garage (as many homeowners are apt to do) it may be prudent to install the wall mount mailbox on the outside corner of the garage along the postal carrier’s path.
As well, whenever one desires to change the location of where their existing wall mount mailbox is installed, it is highly advisable to check with your local Postmaster first.
Use the Proper Mailbox Installation Hardware
Finally, the pros at The MailboxWorks suggest that you utilize the proper mailbox mounting hardware and review the accompanying installation instructions when you are ready to install your new wall mount mailbox.
Wall mounted mailboxes with locking or secure mechanisms should be mounted with the attachment hardware in the manner the instructions specify.
Additionally, consider the exterior housing material that the mailbox is being mounted to when selecting the proper mailbox installation hardware. For example, installing a mailbox on a brick wall will require different mailbox mounting hardware than mounting your mailbox on a wood shingled wall.
Avoid taking short cuts, especially if you are not sure how to install a wall mount mailbox, as you may circumvent the security features of your new residential mailbox.
After all, if you are concerned about identity theft or mail theft, you not only want your mail secured, but you also want your wall mount mailbox installed securely to the wall so a thief doesn’t just rip off the entire mailbox.