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.