Most of us have been frustrated at some time with driving along a street looking for a house but unable to read the numbers on the mailboxes, fences or houses. Homes that aren’t clearly marked or numbered can cause inconvenience to visitors, could mean your pizza is cold by the time it gets to you, or even in the event of an emergency could mean the difference between life and death.
Clearly numbering the outside of your home is particularly important, and is easy to take care of –
Place your house numbers on the letterbox, the front of your house or on the garage – wherever they are most visible from the street
The numbers should be large enough to be easily seen from the street, and should be in a colour that contrasts with the colour of the surface they are attached to (if your home has a light exterior, white numbers won’t easily be seen, so it would be best to use black or dark numbers)
Positioning numbers below a verandah or garage light can help make them visible at night
Make sure nearby foliage doesn’t obstruct the view of the numbers from the street
House numbers can be found at home centres, hardware stores, lumber yards, department and discount stores, and a variety of other retailers, and come in a wide variety of sizes, colours and styles.