Braemar Mailbox Maintenance Tips

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

About two weeks ago I was disappointed to see the number of mailboxes in my community of Braemar that have fallen in disrepair.  You can see some of the sad examples here.  So, I am here today with solutions for many people's problems with their mailboxes. 

Let's address the design flaws of the mailbox first.  You'll also need a handful of small screws and a screwdriver.  The design flaw with our numbers is that they are held in with the smallest of nails.  Screws will keep them in place come wind and rain or whatever else Mother Nature can throw at you.

If your wooden structure is falling apart, it's because, it too is nailed with some sad sack nails.  Get some two inch wood screws, place them strategically to hold the newspaper receptacle togther, and in other important areas.   Once you're done stabilizing the structure, it's time to paint.

You'll need a small can of Georgetown Green paint by McCormick Paints (or you can go to Lowe's and tell them you live in Braemar..they have the color).   Most everything in the community is painted with a flat paint, so sheens glossier than eggshell are probably going to stand out like a sore thumb.  Painting on a Sunday is probably the best idea, or in the evenings after mail delivery.

If you are really ready for the mailbox of your dreams, grab some automotive rubbing compound, scratch remover and wax.  Use them in that order and you will bring your actual mailbox back to life.  Your metal mail receptacle will be so bright you won't be able to stand it.

Remember, curb appeal starts at the curb.  In Braemar, your address on the mailbox is how people find you.  So it's the first impression a new visitor to your home gets.  

If you're looking for someone to repair your mailbox, contact me directly at chrisann@longandfoster.com.   

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Gary Woltal
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Chris Ann, you bring up an excellent topic in home maintenance and curb appeal. The stunning mailboxes like the one in your picture always make me smile and I know someone good lives there. It is amazing isn't it what a little care in the world can produce?

Jul 14, 2008 01:25 PM #1
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Karen Anne Stone
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Chris Ann:  What a great Localism post.  I am sure this will just add more proof that you truly are the neighborhood expert.  Thanks for sharing.

Jul 14, 2008 05:46 PM #2
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Chris Ann Cleland
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Karen Anne:  Thanks for the compliment!  A girl can never get enough, you know.

Jul 15, 2008 03:30 AM #3
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Gary:  I'll never understand the folks with the perfectly manicured lawns, front porch just so, and the rotting mailbox sitting at the curb surrounded by weeds.  It all reflects on your home, not just what is legally yours.

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Chris Ann:  Trust me, woman.  Some people are much more deserving of compliments than others... :)  That's the group you fall into.

Jul 16, 2008 12:06 PM #5
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Karen Anne:  So glad to hear that from you.  Means a lot.

Jul 17, 2008 12:50 AM #6
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Pat Fenn
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If you have a mailbox on the curb it is one of the first things a propsective buyer will see as well.  So not only should you maintain it while you live there but make sure it looks good when you go to sell.

Oct 05, 2010 01:22 PM #7
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Pat:  We just did an autumn spruce up of ours.  Have to keep it looking good.

Oct 05, 2010 02:27 PM #8
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Anne Clark
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This is a really great post on keeping Braemar mailboxes in pristine condition. 

Oct 24, 2010 11:36 AM #9
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Thanks, Anne.  Again, I owe this one to my better half.

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