|Wall-Mounted Mailbox: $100-$1,200||Post-Mounted Mailbox: $375-$1,850||Pillar or Pedestal-Mounted Mailbox: $1,200-$2,100|
Multi-family mailboxes serve apartment and condominium complexes. They are also used in rural areas where houses are spread far apart and a central multi-family mailbox makes it easier for mail carriers to deliver to several customers at once. For information about single-family residential mailboxes, see How Much Does a Residential Mailbox Cost.
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- Wall-mounted multi-family mailboxes cost $100-$1,200. Smaller units that include 2-6 separate mailboxes, such as the small Florence manufactured mailboxes from Home Depot, cost about $100-$300. Larger units like the Salsbury Industries 30-door mailbox can cost $455-$1,200. Steel units painted in matte colors are cheaper than multi-family mailbox units with polished brass fronts.
- Pillar or pedestal mounted multi-family mailboxes cost $1,200-$2,100. More utilitarian pedestal mounted units with fewer individual mailboxes include the Florence 12-unit cluster box , which costs $1,300. A decorative pedestal mount mailbox with more individual boxes can cost $1,600 or more.
- Post mounted multi-family mailboxes cost $375-$1,850; they often hold two to six single-sized residential mailboxes on a single post. The plainest two-box post mounted sets are the cheapest; decorative six-box  post mount sets made from high-end metals are the most expensive.
What should be included:|
- A pedestal mount multi-family mailbox should include the mailbox unit, pedestal, decorative cap, rear-loading door and mounting hardware.
- A surface-mounting style wall mounted mailbox should include the mailbox, keys for the locks on each mailbox door and a mounting frame.
- A post-mounted multi-family mailbox should include the post, spreader bar, base, mounting hardware, the mailboxes and keys if the mailboxes lock.
- Mailbox specialty retailers often include shipping of multi-family mailboxes for free with the purchase of the mailbox.
- Professional assembly and installation may be required or strongly recommended for recessed wall-mount multi-family mailboxes. A general contractor or skilled handyman should be able to assemble and install a multi-family mailbox; expect to pay about $40-$60 per hour for labor. For information about the cost of hiring a handyman, see How Much Does a Handyman Cost.
- The time it takes for assembly and installation will vary widely depending on the style and size of the mailbox. For a two- to six-unit pedestal mailbox, installation should take less than eight hours. For a recessed wall-mounted mailbox that includes 50 or more units, installation may take several days, depending on how much work the installer must do to create the recessed space in the wall.
Shopping for multiple mailboxes:
- Surface-mounting style wall mounted multi-family mailboxes are easier to install than recessed style mailboxes. If the number of tenants is small enough to make a surface-mount mailbox feasible, it could be DIY installed to reduce costs.
- Home improvement stores and specialty mailbox retailers periodically offer sales on multi-family mailboxes. Check their websites for sale prices.
- The most important factor in selecting a multi-family mailbox is the number of individual boxes needed. Also consider whether residents will need one or more package boxes.
- Be sure to purchase a multi-family mailbox that meets U.S. Postal Service regulations. Most of these regulations govern the positioning of post and pedestal mounted curbside mailboxes. Be sure that each individual box in the installation is clearly labeled with the house or apartment number so that the postal carrier can read it easily. Advertising is not permitted on any mailbox or mailbox support structure.
- Wall-mounted multi-family mailboxes require a wall or structure. Some units can be attached to the exterior of an indoor or outdoor wall; others are designed to be set into a recessed space so that that mailbox doors are flush with the surface of the wall. Decide which style will work best for this building. Be aware that the recessed-style units often offer more individual boxes, while the protruding multi-family mailboxes are smaller but easier to install.
- Pedestal multi-family mailboxes can be installed outside of an apartment building or multi-unit residence; they don't need to take up space in entryways or on walls, and can be much easier to install than large recessed wall units. However, pedestal multi-family mailboxes contain a limited number of individual mailboxes--often not more than 24 mailboxes.
- Multi-family mailboxes are sold at home improvement stores including Home Depot , Sears and online retail outlets like Amazon . Mailbox specialty retailers also sell multi-family mailboxes, such as Mailbox Works and Mailboxes4Less.com .
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