Cost to Replace a Mailbox

Cost to Replace a Mailbox

The contractor cost to replace a mailbox is $184 compared with $90, the DIY cost. Adjust the home improvement and repair cost with your ZIP Code.

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost
Hours Pro 2.2 Diy 3.0
Money Pro $184 Diy $90
Click to Adjust Cost to Your ZIP Code.
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 Cost to Replace a Mailbox

Cost to Replace a Mailbox

The contractor cost to replace a mailbox is $184 compared with $90, the DIY cost. Adjust the home improvement and repair cost with your ZIP Code.

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost
Hours Pro 2.2 Diy 3.0
Money Pro $184 Diy $90
Click to Adjust Cost to Your ZIP Code.
DIY Word of the Day
Biennial – a plant that grows for one year without flowering, then produces flowers in the second year before dying
Related Job Costs: Landscaping Projects

Related Crossword Puzzle: Dig Plant Grow
By Gene and Katie Hamilton

A rural-type mailbox at the end of a driveway makes a positive impression about your home especially if it replaces a weatherworn old metal box. You’ll find an array of these mailboxes sold in home centers, specialty catalogs and online. One of the most popular styles is a double-wall resin box designed to withstand the elements and an occasional ding from a passing car mirror. A good choice is one designed with a front and rear opening so it’s easy to open from either end.

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 4x4 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.

To watch a video of how to replace a mailbox go to www.thisoldhouse.com.

The bottom line: compare the price of a contractor’s bid to replace a mailbox with what it costs to do it yourself and make your decision. You adjust the cost to where you live by adding your ZIP Code.

Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2019

The cost and time data is generated by averaging labor and material data from annually updated cost books used by contractors and refined by the authors' experience remodeling 13 houses. They are authors of 20 home improvement books and Do It Yourself or Not, a weekly column syndicated by Tribune Content Agency. The national cost can be adjusted by ZIP Code.


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