cost of a rural mailbox

Spruce Up Your Exterior with a New Mailbox

Gene and Katie Hamilton
Gene and Katie Hamilton

A handyman will install a new mailbox for $184, which includes the labor and material, but a homeowner can do the job for $90, the cost of the box, and save 51 percent. There’s some assembly required, which involves sliding the top of the box onto the base and inserting screws into the inside corners. Then slide the base of the new unit over the existing 4×4 wood post, and fasten the new unit to the post with bolts through slots. You’ll need a hammer, crescent wrench and screwdriver. The cost and work will be more if you have to replace the post. You’re ready for delivery after adding easy-to-read house numbers.

Call your local post office to ask if there are requirements for locating a mail box on your property and check with your local building department to find out what the required depth for post holes is. The depth depends on the frost line (how deep the ground freezes) is your area.

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Gene and Katie Hamilton are authors of 20 home improvement books and creators of, a website that compares the DIY and contractor costs of hundreds of repair, decorating and remodeling projects. Their weekly column Do It Yourself or Not is syndicated by Tribune Content Agency.

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