USPS Hold Mail
October 21, 2010 by staff
USPS Hold Mail, Every time I go to take a long trip, I pause to consider what to do with our mail while away from home. With e-mail and paperless (electronic) check usually undoubtedly receive less mail from a critical basis. However, with charity requests, catalogs and the like (junk) mail received almost daily, my mailbox was full within days. So I …
1. Put mail on hold in the U.S. Post Office (Local branch post)
2. Let it build up in the (large enough never enough) mailbox
3. Ask a relative or a neighbor (someone I trust) for the regular collection
As someone who prefers not to other problems in the past I have tended to put mail on hold with the post office seems the safest option. Unfortunately my experience living in Pennsylvania (home, home) and California (apartment) has been uneven and so I’ve gone back and forth between these three options to ensure the mail does not overflow the table or lost when not enjoying earned holiday time. Twice the mail never took place but somehow fit (got) in the mailbox during a trip of 7-10 days, and at least once accumulated mail was not delivered as requested to return and had to go to the post office in person anyway.
So if you have decided to mail in waiting for their next (unbelievable?, Rest?, Adventurous?, Romantic?, …) Travel, now comes the easy part. To put your mail on hold in the U.S. Post Office no longer have to visit the local post office in person (and wait in line). Just visit their website and follow the step by step instructions for submitting your application online, including home address, family names, start date, end date, and delivery option. Best of all, this service is free.
The most important is the ability to pick up your mail accumulated in person when you return or that the mailman delivers it to the end date indicated. From what I know of the “End Date” on the form is the date to resume (normal) delivery of mail and send all mail collected in the option A is verified in the electronic form expected. Make sure you are actually at home at this time and not just coming home or returning to work and the place mail package can not fit in your mailbox (the main point being put on hold, first place). Depending on whether you have a house or apartment and general security in the area, you can always choose to pick up mail in person and avoid being left at the door or overflow of a key in the mailbox on the sidewalk.
In a future post I will go into more detail and offer advice to ask your family and friends to collect your mail and how to ensure that your bills are paid during the trip. For those of you who have used the option to hold mail during a vacation in the past, I invite you to post a comment with your experience, including their state of residence.
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