How to have the post office hold your mail
Should you have the USPS hold your mail? If you’re getting ready to move, will be leaving your home empty while you make your move, or are just going to be out of town for a while, then the answer is YES.
So, how do you have the post office hold your mail? Basically, you can sign up for the service online. It’s a simple solution that will save you in the long run. Because overflowing, unattended mailboxes aren’t just junky. Leaving your mail uncollected can leave you vulnerable to identity theft and fraud. It also alerts bad actors that your house is empty, which can make it a potential target for burglary, theft and other property damage.
Moreover, having the post office hold your mail is a great way to make sure you don’t miss anything during a busy, hectic move. So, what else do you need to know? Here are some FAQs.
- You can submit one hold request per household online, in person or in writing. You can call 1-800-ASK-USPS (1-800-275-8777) for more information at any time.
- If you want to edit, change or modify your hold request, be sure to bring a valid form of ID. That’s an important safety measure the USPS takes to make sure only you get your mail. You can also authorize another person to pick up your mail.
- You can put your mail, including all letters and packages, on hold for a period of 3 – 30 days. After that time period ends, you’ll have 10 days to pick up your mail.
Yes, it’s really that easy! And it makes your move so much simpler.
Need more information about this topic, or help to prepare your home? We’re part of a network of professionals with experience preparing homes to buy or sell. If you could use a referral or just more information, be sure to reach out to us here at Destiny Real Estate. We look forward to hearing from you!