Home Mailbox Basics


Most homes have a mailbox at the street. Some are a simple metal box on a wooden post. Others are quite elaborate, made of brick or stone. Others yet have an artistic flair, looking like a Manatee, lifeguard chair or other theme. If you are in the market for a new mailbox here are a few things to consider.

First of all, know what is required in your neighbourhood. Many of the planned developments have an association and a required mailbox configuration. If, when you drive through a neighbourhood you see a post and mailbox configuration, one after another, that all look identical, then this is the standard. Somebody with the association can provide more info on requirements and where materials may be purchased.

If you have moved into a neighbourhood where every home has something different, then the choice is likely yours to make. You may want to check to see if the neighbourhood has an association, and if the association has a standard. If they are not enforcing one, you will need to decide what to do.

If you have moved into a neighbourhood that has banks of mailboxes at a common location, often as you enter the neighbourhood, then this is where the mail will be delivered. Erecting a mailbox in front of your home might look interesting, especially if you go with something artsy and whimsical, but know that the USPS will not bring your mail there.

When it is time to install your mailbox, be it the neighbourhood standard or something of your choosing, know that placement and height are important. The postal service requires that your mailbox be mounted at a height of 41”-45” above the road surface (not above the curb). The mailbox should then be 6”-8” back from the curb or side of the road. By following these height and setback instructions the postal driver can pull up and easily reach your new mailbox to open it and insert your mail.

With drivers backing into and out of driveways, select a location that is convenient but clear from this traffic pattern. Driveway traffic damages a lot of mailboxes, and cars in the process. Being directly across from another driveway is often the culprit.

If you are installing a first-time mailbox for a new home, look at which side of the street your neighbour’s mailboxes are on. Your new mailbox may need to be on the far side of the street. This is especially true on rural routes.

Properly located and installed, with a house number on the side, your new mailbox will serve you and the postal worker with ease.

Once you have determined what kind of mailbox you want installed and have ordered the neighbourhood standard if that is a requirement, if you need help with the mailbox installation Mr. Handyman is here to help. We can also remove your old mailbox is the post has rotted or it is otherwise damaged.

Mr. Handyman offers a professional, safe, reliable, and convenient alternative to the typical ‘handyman’ experience in greater Jacksonville. We answer the phone, offer scheduled appointments with guaranteed appointment times, do quality work and back it with our Done Right Promise®. It’s no wonder Mr. Handyman has been voted Jacksonville’s Best Handyman each of the last 7 years. Call us when you are ready to experience the Mr. Handyman difference.