Small Maintenance Issues Make BIG Impressions

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Real Estate Agent with Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA VA License # 0225089470

Mailboxes.  In my community, they are supposed to be a certain color with a certain type of number on the side. 

Driving through the community, you'll see top notch lawns, lovely homes and mailboxes that are falling apart, or just need a coat of paint.  I took these pictures just driving around one block.  Mind you, these mailboxes are not more than five years old, as are the homes they belong to.

9959 needs a fresh coat of paint and one nail to straighten the first digit.

9955 has a split second digit.  Under a $10 repair.

My favorite one above is 9901.  It's a model home, still in ownership of the builder. 

It's literally falling apart. 

9983 needs a nail to straighten their first digit, and probably a new box.

10002 needs some straightening and a third digit.

9973 is very decorative with it's Home Sweet Home cover, but how about taking a nail to the seven?

 

10229 needs to straighten the second digit.

10191 also needs a nail to straighten a digit. 

The point of this is to show how important a few well spent dollars can be.  All of these mailboxes are sitting in front of perfectly lovely homes, but when you are driving to find them, as a potential homebuyer, the address on the mailbox is your first impression.  And in just one block of my neighborhood, I found eight bad impressions.  Believe me, there were many more, but not all of them could be captured on film for various reasons.

Curb appeal starts at the curb.  Check out your mailbox and it's current condition.   

 

 

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Dionne Morgan
Realty World Solano Realty - Vallejo, CA
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Chris  I understand the importance of detail down to the last touch. I always wanted to display a elegant mailbox. In our neighborhood three simple but homogenous mailbox share the same post on a selected neighbor's property.  We fund the decision made by the property owner. I was so disappointed when I found out I would not have my own box on my property.

Thank you for recently dropping by my blog.

Jun 30, 2008 01:49 PM #1
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Dionne:  Thanks for your comment.  I'm sure that if you get along with your neighbors, there will no maintenance issues.  They probably value your input on property value being that you are a Realtor.

Jul 01, 2008 02:29 AM #2
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Kevin Corsa
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Looks to me like there might be a slight design flaw in the mailbox supports and numbers if that many of them need repairs. Next time they plan a neighborhood, maybe they should invest a few more dollars in the original structure, (*such as stone, brick, etc.). Then there would not be so many issues for the neighbors to keep up on.

Jul 01, 2008 02:36 AM #3
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Chris Ann Cleland
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Kevin:  I'm not entirely sure.  We've had no problems with our mailbox, but we do the regular maintenance stuff like spraying for bugs, painting, etc.  A definite flaw, though, is the lack of numbers on both sides of the box.  This was pointed out by a resident who is an EMT during one our HOA meetings.  She was begging people to put the numbers on both sides. 

Jul 01, 2008 02:40 AM #4
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Ross Quintana
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Spokane Washington Real Estate Expert! Now this post is funny, it says as muchabout you as it does them. I agree all little fixes,a nd these are the type of things that get overlooked for ever. But how about this. You get 10 nails together and 8 business cards and go knocking on doors saying you are fixing the neighborhood mailboxes to spif up the curb appeal and hand them a card if they ever need your services. See I'm always thinking business.

Jul 01, 2008 06:48 PM #5
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Ross:  I like it.  But people in Northern VA, well, they can be....how do I say this nicely....snooty, easily offended.  I think that we live too close to DC and simply find things to outrage us.  I might try this if I get a glass of wine in me one night.  :)

Jul 02, 2008 02:53 AM #6
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JJ

If this isn't the definition of nosy and busy-body, then I don't know what is. How would you like it if someone went and took pictures of your property's imperfections and then posted it on the web? Oh wait, your house is perfect, therefore you feel the need to get up on your high horse and point out all the flaws of others. Pathetic.

Jul 15, 2008 05:32 AM #7
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Kevin Corsa
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What is REALLY PATHETIC is that some people feel the need to lash out... anonomously, because they are too chicken to do anything else. LOL

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JJ:  I didn't mention the name of the street for a reason.  Hard to make the point without the pictures.

Jul 16, 2008 01:30 AM #9
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Kevin:  Perhaps one of these mailboxes is JJ's.  I am an HOA President and need to do these types of checks.  And it's certainly not confidential information.  It's right there on the curb for all to see.  Anyway, the solution to the mailbox design flaws are posted in the solution post here. 

Jul 16, 2008 01:34 AM #10
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Anne Clark
Metro Referrals - Gainesville, VA

The first thing we notice while looking for that street number is the mailbox.  It's a shame that homeowners would let them fall into disrepair.

Oct 03, 2010 04:47 AM #11
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Anne:  I've never understood why it's such a big deal to keep up with a mailbox.  Some paint, screws and a hose will keep it looking in good condition.

Oct 03, 2010 05:13 AM #12
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