A mailbox is considered an accessory for your home; you can choose a traditional style that conforms with neighborhood expectations, or you can select one that expresses your family’s style and personality. Whatever you choose, your mailbox should enhance the curb appeal of your home.
- Consider the style of your home, and choose a mailbox that fits that same style. Examples include Victorian, Tudor, modern, Colonial, and traditional styles. The traditional black mailbox is a conservative choice, and depending where you live, may be your only choice. Some neighborhood covenants can be strict. But if you have leeway for your mailbox choice, consider something more colorful or decorative that fits your home’s style and expresses your personality.
- How will weather impact your mailbox? The mailbox needs to be able to stand up to changes in temperature, and should be able to withstand rain, snow, and extreme humidity, depending on the climate where you live. You probably wouldn’t want a metal mailbox in a hot, dry climate, nor would you want a plastic mailbox that is subject to frequent freezing and thawing and harsher elements.
- How large does the mailbox need to be? If you’re purchasing a mailbox for a vacation home, you can get away with something smaller and less substantial. For your primary home, you’ll want a larger sized mailbox, especially if there are more than two people living in the home. If you travel frequently, it’s worth considering a lockable mailbox to prevent theft.
- How much will a mailbox cost? Like anything, you can spend as little or as much as you like, depending on whether you choose a standard model from Lowe’s or Home Depot or have a mailbox and pedestal custom built.
For ideas or assistance selecting and installing a new mailbox, or having one custom built to meet your needs, call the professionals at Mr. Handyman of Wheaton-Hinsdale.
245 W. Roosevelt Road #69
West Chicago, IL