Decorative mailboxes are becoming a common item that is now cropping up far more often than before.

More and more homeowners recognize that the design does not have to stop at the front door or the garden gate, but instead they are choosing to now also incorporate the mailbox in their overall color and design schemes.

This of course makes the property a lot more pleasing to the eye and in some cases may actually raise its curb appeal to such an extent that it fetches a higher selling price.

This is good and well as long as the homeowner continues to follow the precepts of the United States Post Office and indeed only chooses USPS approved mailbox locations for the decorative box.

It is when the homeowner forgets this little item that problems arise and while mail carriers work hard to be very flexible and sometimes let things slide with respect to USPS regulations, there are other times when this is simply not possible.

First and foremost, USPS approved mailbox locations must be able to accommodate the box with respect to height.

There are actual minimum and maximum height requirements and the post office asks homeowners to abide by these regulations to allow mail carriers to safely and easily deposit the daily mail into their receptacles.

Place your decorative mailbox close to the road where it is easy to reach from the street, and have the opening facing the street so that the mail may be deposited from the vehicle of the mail carrier.