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It is possible to relocate residential mailboxes. You need to make sure you are following USPS regulations, but you also need to weigh three other crucial factors.
When it comes to installing your new mailbox and post there are two popular, yet very different ways, to successfully install post-mounted curbside mailboxes.
Shop Our Selection of Residential Mailboxes for Sale
Here, you will find one of the largest online selections of residential mailboxes for sale. Our inventory includes residential post-mount mailboxes, which you can order with or without a post. We also offer wall mounts, locking, novelty, mail slots, stainless steel, and various decorative posts. Please don’t hesitate to shop our selection or call us today. Depending on your particular taste, you’ll find that our inventory includes a custom mailbox for every home.
Curbside and Wall Mount Residential Mailboxes
Your residential mailbox provides an excellent first impression of your home for your neighborhood. We categorize our selection by each mailbox mounting application:
- Post Mount Mailboxes
- Wall Mount Mailboxes
- Mailbox Slots (door and through wall mail slots)
- Column Mount Mailboxes
Once you or your HOA determines the mounting your mailbox requires, you can choose yours from the variety of styles and features we list in each category. Please feel free to call or open a chat to speak with one of our product experts if you need help finding a particular brand or style.
Post Mount Mailboxes
Decorative residential mailboxes and post packages place your unique style on your home’s exterior decor. They are a popular choice for today’s homeowners. Mailboxes are often visible to the public, and the quality of your mailbox can make an essential statement about your home. Many materials, finishes, textures, and colors are available when choosing a decorative mailbox for your home. Some of our custom mailboxes for sale have options to make your mailbox completely unique.
If you are looking for a post-mount mailbox for curbside mail delivery, our selection will have the perfect mailbox for your home. Many of our mailbox and post packages have options that let you build a custom mailbox to enhance your curb appeal.
Wall Mount Mailboxes
Wall mount mailboxes are another one of the most common types of residential mailboxes. Often, your mailbox is the first thing people see when they arrive at your home. For homes that receive walk-up mail, it is essential to have a decorative mailbox showing the outward look you want your home to represent. Many design material options are available for these mailboxes, including stainless steel, cast aluminum, and solid brass. Depending upon your selected material, you may also have your mailbox finished with different types of coatings, including copper, antique copper, brass, bronze, pewter black, or satin nickel.
Mail slots have to be the most convenient type of mail delivery system. Not only do you receive walk-up mail delivery, but you also never have to go outside to get your mail! Mail is deposited directly into your home or business. Choose from three beautiful styles here.
Column Mount Mailboxes
A decorative column mount mailbox is a beautiful addition to your curb appeal. Column mount mailboxes are designed to be installed into stucco, brick, or as a stand-alone column mailbox. Many column-mount mailboxes have a locking mailbox option and front or rear access for retrieving your mail.
What to Consider When You Buy a Residential Mailbox
We recommend that you or your HOA consider these three factors when buying mailboxes for residential installation:
- Features – You can buy a mailbox with unique features like address panels and lockbox inserts.
- Style and Finish – You can also choose from many styles and finishes to complement your home, from a classic Victorian finish to the sleek lines of a modern stainless steel mailbox.
- Accessories – Often, purchasing a stunning mailbox and placing it on an old post does not make sense. Nor would you want to attach an unsightly orange plastic newspaper holder to your curbside or wall-mount mailbox. You can choose an appropriate post, newspaper holder, post finial, post cuff, and other accessories while configuring your mailbox, ensuring you create a consistent look for the entire ensemble (or if purchasing for your neighborhood, throughout the community).
Additional Note for Homeowners Associations and Builders
MailboxWorks is the nation’s leading distributor of commercial and multi-family mailboxes for residential use. We serve homeowners associations (HOAs) and home builders and provide expert advice for optimal results and competitive mailbox quotes.
Note: You can often save on installation and equipment costs by purchasing a multi-mount installation (where you mount several mailboxes to one post for multiple tenants).
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Residential Mailboxes FAQ
What is a residential mailbox?
A residential mailbox is a receptacle for receiving mail at a private residence. These mailboxes come in various styles, from wall-mounted models to standalone posts near the curb. Residential mailboxes are integral to home design, often reflecting the residents’ personalities and complementing the home’s aesthetics.
How do I open my residential tenant mailbox?
The answer may seem obvious, but you may have this question if you’re part of a community using cluster mailboxes. While you can open most curbside mailboxes by lifting the latched door or using a key for locked models, residential community mailboxes require a tenant key to open your mail compartment. Reach out to your property manager or HOA manager if you have questions about your mailbox compartment.
How does a residential mailbox work?
A residential mailbox serves as a centralized location for your postal delivery. When mail is delivered, a postal worker places it in the mailbox, which is usually easily accessible from the sidewalk or street. If your mailbox is a locking type, the postal worker deposits mail through a slot that keeps your mail secure until you unlock it.
Are there different kinds of residential mailboxes?
Yes, there are several types of residential mailboxes. These include wall-mounted mailboxes, typically attached near the front door; post-mounted or curbside mailboxes, found at the end of a driveway; and cluster box units, used in multi-unit residences or neighborhoods. They all come in various styles and designs to suit individual tastes and needs.
What is the standard size of a residential mailbox?
The USPS specifies that a curbside mailbox be at least 6 1/8 inches wide, 4 inches tall, and 15 inches long. Wall-mounted residential mailboxes should be large enough to hold regularly delivered mail and comfortably accommodate larger envelopes and magazines without sticking out.
What are USPS residential mailbox regulations?
USPS regulations dictate several aspects of residential mailbox standards. For instance, you must locate the mailbox safely and conveniently so the carrier can reach it without leaving their vehicle. The mailbox must be on the right-hand side of the road toward the carrier's route. In terms of height, the mailbox should be positioned 41 to 45 inches from the road surface to the bottom of the mailbox.
Are you allowed to hang things on residential mailboxes?
According to USPS guidelines, hanging or attaching anything to a mailbox or its post is not permissible as it may interfere with mail delivery. These items include signs, balloons, or any other decorations. It would be best to use the mailbox for postal service mail, packages, and newspaper delivery only.
Where can I buy residential mailboxes online?
You can purchase residential mailboxes from a variety of online retailers. Here are a few suggestions:
- The Mailbox Works: This website offers an extensive selection of residential mailboxes in various styles and designs.
- Budget Mailboxes: On Budget Mailboxes, you can find a wide range of affordable residential mailboxes that do not compromise style or functionality.
- Mailbox Depot USA: Mailbox Depot USA boasts a collection of high-quality residential mailboxes, ensuring you can find one to fit your needs and match your home's aesthetic.
Remember, when buying a mailbox, it's crucial to remember USPS regulations regarding size, height, and placement. Ensure that the mailbox you select meets these standards.
How do I replace my mailbox?
Replacing your residential mailbox involves several steps, summarized as follows:
- Review our Essential Guide for Upgrading Your Residential Mailbox:This comprehensive guide provides detailed instructions and considerations when considering replacing your residential mailbox.
- Remove the Old Mailbox: Start by safely removing your old mailbox, which may involve unscrewing it from its post or unmounting it from the wall. Always ensure to handle this process carefully to avoid damaging your property.
- Adjust the Post Hole: If necessary, adjust the existing post hole to accommodate your new mailbox, which may involve widening, deepening, or filling the hole as needed.
- Prepare Your New Post: Depending on the design of your new mailbox, you might need to prep your new post, which could involve attaching mounting brackets or pre-drilling holes for easier assembly.
- Put the Post In the Hole: Carefully position your new post in the hole, ensuring it is correctly aligned and leveled. Then, secure it with concrete or dirt and allow it to set.
- How to Replace a Mailbox: The Final Steps: Attach your new mailbox to the post or wall following the manufacturer's instructions. Make sure to double-check the stability of the mailbox and its accessibility for your mail carrier.
Remember, it's important to adhere to USPS regulations for residential mailboxes when installing a new one. These rules cover the mailbox's height, placement, and size.