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Spring Cleaning Ideas for Your Community Mailboxes

Mailbox Spring Cleaning

If you manage or own a multi-family property or community, you are likely to do some spring cleaning when the temperatures begin to warm. These tasks can include mowing grass, clearing weeds, doing repairs, and ensuring that your community mailboxes look amazing.

Many community owners overlook the humble mailbox, but did you know that having attractive mailboxes not only gives prospective residents a good first impression, but also boosts your property value? Curb appeal is a valuable asset that your property can have, and can boost your property’s value up to 11%.

So, you’ll want to make sure your community mailboxes begin the warmer months looking great.

Spring Cleaning Your Mailboxes: More Than Just Your Units Themselves

When some think of spring cleaning their mailboxes, they think of the obvious: making repairs or possibly getting new mailboxes altogether, if needed. While spring cleaning can involve these things and often does, there are other creative ideas that you can use to make your community mailboxes shine. These include:

  1. Add attractive landscaping to your mailboxes
  2. Renovate your mailbox area if indoors
  3. Add signage for looks and safety
  4. Move Your Mailboxes to a New Location

Add Attractive Landscaping to Your Mailboxes. Have you ever seen mailboxes seem to be truly a part of the landscape or a community? In many cases, multi-unit curbside mailboxes seem to fit a community’s palette and architecture, because they have many colors, styles, and configurations available. But what if you have centralized mailboxes with multiple customer units in one cabinet? These mailboxes trade customization for security and durability.

All is not lost, however. Centralized mailboxes are versatile, and many community managers add landscaping to them.

  • Kiosks can fit recessed mailboxes or stand over freestanding models. These setups are highly customizable, and because centralized mailboxes come in neutral colors, they’ll fit virtually any palette.
  • Shrubs, rocks, and flowers can be planted around centralized mailboxes or curbside. Just ensure that curbside mailboxes are always six to eight inches from the curb, and that there are no obstructions in front of the mailboxes.
  • Place recessed centralized mailboxes inside of a vertical surface, indoors or outdoors. You can then customize the vertical surface however you wish.

Renovate Your Indoor Mailbox Area. If your mailboxes are in a mail room, lobby, or central corridor, consider renovating these areas. You can:

  • Add new lighting to a mailbox room and choose from a variety of lighting options.
  • Install new trim, facades, or other decorations around your mailboxes.
  • Paint is a simple way to give your mail room a fresh look.
  • Consider moving mailboxes around to open up space or allow for more renovations.

Add Signage for Looks and Safety. If you have lots of questions or concerns from residents about mailboxes, mail placed in the wrong area, or missing mail, consider new signage, cameras, or lighting to help solve the issues.

  • Adding lighting to a mailbox area or room can help to reduce vandalism and theft, thus reducing your workload and helping residents to feel safe.
  • Signs can alert any potential vandals or thieves that the area is being monitored. Alternatively, you can use signage to inform all that mail theft is a crime and will be prosecuted.
  • Adding new or more prominent numbers to mailboxes, inside and out, can help prevent confusion not just among residents, but among those delivering mail, including the USPS. This is especially useful when utilizing centralized mailboxes.

Move Your Mailboxes to a New Location. Sometimes, mailboxes just aren’t in a good spot to carry out new renovations, and this can be especially true if they’re, say, up against a sidewalk or a building. Or perhaps you want your mailboxes to deliver a good first impression.

Before moving your mailboxes, be sure to contact your local post office to ensure the new location and setup will be okay. If not, you could interrupt mail delivery and face additional expenses.

If you have older, 4B mailboxes, you’ll need to replace them with the new 4C models before reinstalling in a new location.

Good locations for mailboxes with a lot of landscaping or renovation potential include:

  • Central or forward-facing lobbies.
  • Near front parking lots.
  • In a central plaza that is only a short walk from where the USPS (or anyone else) would park.
  • On a traffic island that can allow landscaping.
  • No matter which location you choose, ensure you allow wheelchair access and can comply with the ADA.

If you need ideas for spring cleaning and renovations, be sure to visit us at National Mailboxes and check out our project gallery. If you have questions or are looking to replace, repair, or upgrade your community mailboxes, be sure to contact us today. We’ll help you make sure that you are serving your community and choosing the right mailbox setup.