4 Essential Steps for Purchasing Residential Mailboxes

November 11, 2013 10:05 pm bob

Keystone Fleur De Lis Deluxe PostWhether you are purchasing an older home or have lived in your home for years, there will soon come a time when you’ll be researching residential mailboxes in order to replace your old, dated, and worn out home mailbox.

Yes, while snow, rain, or other elements may not keep your postal carrier from delivering your mail, a dilapidated mailbox may certainly just fall apart or die of rust.  In this article, we’ll help you explore all your options when shopping for a unique mailbox for residential use.

There are four essential steps every resident should take when purchasing residential mailboxes:

  1. Choosing how your residential mailbox will be mounted
  2. Choosing your mailbox style
  3. Deciding if you need a security mailbox or not
  4. Choosing where you’ll buy your residential mailbox from

Mounting Options for Residential Mailboxes

The first step in buying residential mailboxes is foundational; you must choose from the four different mounting types:

Multi-mount mailboxes are simply dual mount, tri-mount or quad mount residential mailboxes grouped together on a common post.

Other types of residential mailboxes do exist but they are not typically purchased by homeowners but rather the developers or homeowner’s associations within one’s community.  If your community or addition utilizes a cluster of mailboxes mounted on a single or dual post (CBU mailboxes) or if you retrieve your mail from a bank of mailboxes along a wall (4C mailboxes), these mailboxes are commercial in nature and are not typically replaced by a single homeowner in a community.

Typically, to discern the proper mounting type for your home, look to see which of these residential mailboxes is already in use.  It’s highly likely you will wish to purchase the same type of mounting as you currently utilize.  Should you desire to change the mounting type for your residential mailbox, it is important to first check with your local postal service postmaster to gain their approval.

Once you have decided which mounting type you need for your residential mailboxes, the next three steps are non-sequential: mailbox style, mailbox security, and where to buy your residential mailbox.

Styles of Residential Mailboxes

When addressing the available styles of residential mailboxes, first consider the architectural style of your residence. In most cases, your choice of residential mailbox should complement your home’s architecture.

For example, if your home features traditional architecture such as a Victorian design, consider a style with heavy ornamentation and sharp angles that are common to Victorian design.  Consider colors such a bronze, black, or white that evoke that era of architecture.

On the other hand, if your home is more contemporary or modern such as Floridian or California stucco, consider modern residential mailboxes with styles that feature simple adornments (or none at all) with more sleek bodies and curves.

And for color, one can choose to punctuate your contemporary residential mailbox with colors that contrast with your modern home design such as eye-catching red, or one can compliment modern design such as stainless steel or copper or nickel.

And remember, while there is no requirement to consult with one’s local postmaster over a style choice in residential mailboxes, one still may need to receive permission from one’s homeowner association if one’s choice of residential mailboxes is governed by CC&R’s (covenants).

Security Mailboxes

Another consideration when purchasing residential mailboxes is mail security.  With the sharp upswing in identity and mail theft, locking residential mailboxes are an excellent consideration. You can find a locking residential mailbox available in all mounting types. Security is simply standard among commercial mailboxes.

All locking security mailboxes sold by The MailboxWorks allow the mail carrier to deliver the mail without requiring them to have their own key, so the purchase of locking residential mailboxes does not require one’s local postmaster approval.

Where to Buy Residential Mailboxes

One of the most important choices in purchasing residential mailboxes is the store that stands behind the purchase.

In today’s culture, many Internet mailbox stores are simply mom and pop operations and have no physical location other than the owner’s kitchen table.  Like with any important purchase, one should give serious thought to whether or not the retailer will allow returns or even still be in business should a return take place.

Some unscrupulous mailbox retailers simply drop ship whatever they can sell online and never even see an actual mailbox.  Their loyalty is not to customer but to whether they can make a quick buck on selling yet another item they don’t understand.

The nation’s largest retailer of residential mailboxes, The MailboxWorks, operates a real brick and mortar warehouse and store.

Their salespeople are not phone farms that simply take orders. The MailboxWorks has real mailbox experts who not only know residential mailboxes, but can also walk out onto their showroom floor and put their hands on the mailbox to answer all your questions.

Serving North American homeowners and contractors since 1989, The MailboxWorks not only provides the highest quality residential mailboxes, they also provide the peace of mind that only comes when you know a company will stand behind every item they sell.

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