Installing a new mailbox is an easy and cost-effective way to boost the curb appeal of your home. A mailbox is often the first thing your guests and neighbors see when they’re approaching your residence, so you’ll want to install your mailbox properly – from putting in a new post to decorating your new mailbox. This guide will walk you through with easy 7 steps:
1. BUY MAILBOX
First and foremost, go ahead and purchase your mailbox. The reason is that you wanna make sure you know it has needs accessories to install and the size of your mailbox. Most boxes can be mounted on a 4x4-inch post, although some mailboxes involve more complex hardware. If you are only replacing a mailbox post, make sure that whatever post you purchase works with your current box, if not, let's go ahead and move on to further steps.
2. DIG POST HOLE
Measure the height of your mailbox post. USPS requirements state that a mailbox height must be 41 to 45 inches above the road's surface. Standard mailbox height above the ground is 42 inches.Mark a spot on your lawn six to eight inches back from your curb. If you do not have a raised curb, contact your local postmaster for guidance.
3. INSERT MAILBOX POST
Insert the mailbox post into the hole. Prop the post up with support beams on all sides, extending around the outside of the hole. Make sure these are secure and will not shift as the concrete is poured. Measure the height of the mailbox above the ground to ensure it’s around 42 inches. Do not bury your post deeper than 24 inches. Use a level to ensure the mailbox post is straight. If your chosen mailbox post comes with manufacturer's instructions, double-check that you are following those closely while you work through this guide's steps.
4. POUR CONCRETE
Prepare a bag of concrete per manufacturer’s instructions and pour into the hole, around the post. Allow a few inches of space at the top of the hole – do not fill the concrete flush with the ground’s surface. Immediately after pouring, use a level to double-check your mailbox. If it has shifted slightly uneven, adjust now before the concrete begins to dry.
5. PUT TOGETHER THE MAILBOX
Attach mailbox using mounting brackets, per the installation instructions included with your unit. Each mailbox is different, depending on your model, so follow the instructions closely. Use the level to double-check the inside of your mailbox is flat.
6. ADD STREET NUMBERS
Hopefully now your mailbox is look great and ready to be designed. Now it is time to install the street/home numbers on your mailbox. Make sure it is very clear and big. Most homeowners in Baltimore love to design their mailbox from bottom to numbers. Since, it is one of the first things people notice when they visit your home.
So, that's all to it. It is fairly a simple DIY project that might take couple hours of your time. If you need any help with installing a mailbox let us know. We would be more than happy to help you out. Give us a call at 443-952-1397.