When super storm Hurricane Sandy tore through the U.S. eastern seaboard, many communities like Janis and Hugh Birdsall’s in Clinton, Connecticut found the huge blast of wind and water ripped not only their seaside homes from their foundations but also their primary method of receiving financial help; their post mounted mailboxes.
“The same thing occurred after Tropical Storm Irene,” noted Hugh to a Wall Street Journal reporter covering the aftermath, “Our post mounted mailboxes were just ripped from the ground and we’ve learned it’s crucial to prioritize their replacement.”
Many residents note that while their insurance adjusters show up with clipboards to take their reports, the checks to replace everything one has lost will show up in the mail so erecting replacement post mounted mailboxes is a priority. Plus, when out-of-state family and friends want to mail a check to help out with the losses, the post mounted mailboxes need to be back up quickly and ready to receive that help.
For residents needing to replace residential Post Mounted Mailboxes quickly, consider these three vital steps:
When Will Your New Post Mounted Mailbox Arrive?
First, ensure your ordering post mounted mailboxes from an online retailer that won’t delay the delivery of your mailbox order. Many online retailers operate from a kitchen counter without any post mount mailboxes in physical inventory. While they may promise a delivery date, double-check to ensure the delivery as most online retailer’s drop shipping practices can unreasonably delay the delivery of your post mounted mailbox. The MailboxWorks, the nation’s leading retailer of curbside post mount Residential Mailboxes, provides accurate shipping estimates for all of their post mounted mailboxes.
Make Your Temporary Mailbox Installation Theft Proof
Second, due to the oversaturation of the ground in many areas after a storm and perhaps because of the need to change the permanent mailbox location due to storm damage to one’s property, consider temporarily mounting post mounted mailboxes on a simple four-by-four post into a five-gallon bucket filled with quick-set concrete. One can still purchase custom or premium post mounted mailboxes (which come complete with a matching post and mailbox) but it may be best to put the matching mailbox post provided aside and substitute a simple four-by-four that can be discarded once the ground dries out and a permanent mailbox location can be determined. Remember, due to rising theft in areas hard hit by storms, it is recommended that one not set post mounted mailboxes in buckets filled with sand as mailbox thieves can simply drive by in a pickup and pull the entire new mailbox right from the bucket. Also, it’s always best to check with your local post office to verify the new mailbox location and any temporary installations (such as the use of a five-gallon bucket) are acceptable.
Neighborhood Multi-Unit Post Mount Mailboxes
Help Reduce Mailbox Replacement Costs
Third, consider gathering a few neighbors together to purchase multi-unit post mounted mailboxes together. By ordering the mailboxes together, national retailers like The MailboxWorks can provide quantity mailbox pricing and excellent savings on mailbox shipping. Plus, when the post mount mailboxes arrive, the purchase of temporary mailbox mounting supplies; posts, quick-set concrete, and buckets can be made together – perhaps saving even more money and certainly more time. In addition, while installing post mounted mailboxes is a fairly simple process, it is far more efficient to install four or five post mount mailboxes than just one. The learning curve helps significantly.