Morristown TN Real Estate For Sale - Could Your Mailbox Use a Facelift?

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Real Estate Agent with Elite Realty Group

 

Could Your Mailbox Use a Facelift?
Your mailbox likely isn’t a feature of your home that you think about very often, but it can actually have a big impact on how people view your home. This is especially true if your mailbox is rusty, damaged, or otherwise has obviously seen better days. Giving your mailbox a facelift can make a big difference in how your home looks, even if your mailbox is a standalone unit that sits up by the road.
How much work should you put into a mailbox refresh, though? This depends entirely on the condition your mailbox is in and what sort of revamp you’d like to give it. If you’re looking for inspiration, here are some ideas that cover everything from basic retouches to your mailbox to entire rebuilds of your mailbox mounting to create a unique new look on your property. You might be surprised at how many ways there are to revamp your mailbox and completely change its look!
Retouching Your Mailbox
The simplest way to retouch your mailbox is to apply a coat of paint to it, or something simple like a magnetic mailbox cover. This covers and seals any rust that might be present, improving the look of the mailbox and preventing further damage by protecting it from the elements. Wash and dry the mailbox beforehand and use a wire brush or steel wool to remove any obvious rust, then wash it again just to be sure. Make sure that you cover the numbers and flag with painter’s tape before you start, or apply new numbers once you’re finished so that your house number is easy to read.
If your mailbox is in decent shape but just seems kind of dull, another option is to add decorations such as decals or other items that you can secure to the box. You can even swap out these decorations throughout the year, keeping them relevant to upcoming holidays or seasons so that the look of your mailbox stays fresh throughout the year. Just make sure that your decorations don’t obscure your house number of make it difficult for postal workers to deliver your mail.
Mailbox Revitalization Projects
Bigger mailbox renovation projects can include installing your mailbox on a custom wrought-iron post, a wooden mail station that the mailbox sits on, or inside something like a brick enclosure. These can be purely decorative or add functional elements such as a drop box for packages as well. Depending on the options you choose, you may even be able to match up the look of your mailbox area with the look of your home or other property features as well. Just keep in mind that depending on where your mailbox is located, there may be limitations on what you can install based on local ordinance.
When undertaking a project like this, you may also decide that you want to move your mailbox to a new location (such as removing it from the front of your home and installing it into an enclosure by your driveway.) This can be a great idea to improve the look of your property, but you’ll need to check with your local Post Office first. Moving a mailbox without getting it cleared by the Post Office can lead to a variety of problems, including fines and undelivered mail!
Need Some Help?
Depending on what you have in mind for your mailbox, it could be a simple DIY project, or it might be something of a larger scale. If you want something a bit bigger than what you can handle on your own, don’t worry. There are metalworking and woodworking shops that can give you what you want, and even bricklayers if you want some brickwork done. If you aren’t sure where to start, HomeKeeper can help. Just sign up for a free account today and get connected with the pros in your area who will help you get the job done the way you want it.
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*original article by Teri Isner on ActiveRain

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Comments (10)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Norma - some mailboxes are rather generic, aren't they?  Standard.  Conforming.  And all other sorts of reasons.  A distinctive mailbox can certainly draw attention.  Of course, what is delivered makes a big difference.   

Oct 25, 2021 04:08 AM
Norma J. Elkins

Michael Jacobs I totally agree with you and we are actually getting ready to "Boo" our neighbor's mail boxes with candy, so they will have a sweet treat waiting on them.  Hope you have a fabulous day!

Oct 26, 2021 04:46 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Norma... I can't tell you how often I suggest to a prospective listing client that they fix up or replace their mailbox. Many of our communities have restrictions about the allowed boxes. Of course, in new construction... no more private boxes in front of homes.

Oct 25, 2021 04:35 AM
Norma J. Elkins

Nina Hollander, Broker I agree with you although we still live in a pretty rural part here in east TN and mailboxes are still by the road in front of every house.  Hope you have a fabulous day!

Oct 26, 2021 04:47 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Such a good message Norma. Just the other day, I saw a home for sale and the mailbox at the curb was all taped up...what an eyesore!

Oct 25, 2021 04:38 AM
Norma J. Elkins

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 yikes not a good first impression for sure.  Mailboxes are not that expensive either and I am sure the mail carrier would appreciate a new one also.  Have a fabulous day!

Oct 26, 2021 04:48 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Norma. The stand alone mailbox in front of a home can be a precurser of what is to come. Even when boxes are collective, yours should stand out as pristine. Enjoy your day.

Oct 25, 2021 04:54 AM
Norma J. Elkins

Wayne Martin love what you said about standing out, not just with mailboxes but with every day life.  You should want to stand out.  Have an awesome day!

Oct 26, 2021 04:49 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Our mailbox could use a fresh coat of paint.

This is a good reminder to share.

Oct 25, 2021 05:26 AM
Norma J. Elkins

Roy Kelley I was thinking the same thing when I posted this article.  I am putting my husband on it this weekend!

Oct 26, 2021 04:50 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Good morning Norma,

The mailbox is an important factor.  It is something that is noticeable at first glance.  Wishing you a delightful Monday.  A

Oct 25, 2021 06:28 AM
Norma J. Elkins

Ron and Alexandra Seigel yes you want to make a great first impression for sure.  Hope that you have a fabulous Tuesday!

Oct 26, 2021 04:51 AM
Bill Salvatore - YVP Blog
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - Valley of the Sun / golfArizona@cox.net

Your mail box sets the tone for your home.  First impressions.  It Monday, the weekend is in the rear window,  Have a productive week, and thanks again for the post.  Bill Salvatore

Oct 25, 2021 06:31 AM
Norma J. Elkins

Bill Salvatore - YVP Blog your memes crack me up and brighten my day and I totally agree with your statement.  Hope you have a fabulous day!

Oct 26, 2021 04:52 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

hello Norma,  I had a great mailbox given to me by a friend that was painted with flowers on it.  It lasted 1 year when it came up missing one day!

Oct 25, 2021 09:56 AM
Norma J. Elkins

Will Hamm oh no that is a shame for sure.  I always say at least if they take it I hope that are enjoying it and putting it to use.  I hope you have a fabulous day!

Oct 26, 2021 04:52 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Tuesday morning, Norma.

Take care, be safe and have an outstanding day.

Oct 26, 2021 05:11 AM
Norma J. Elkins

Roy Kelley thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful Wednesday!  

Oct 27, 2021 04:49 AM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center 262-567-2455 - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Great information.  Thanks for sharing and make it a wonderful  day!

Oct 26, 2021 07:24 AM
Norma J. Elkins

Kristin Johnston - REALTOR® thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Oct 27, 2021 04:50 AM