Figuring out what to do with mail when you are moving is a nightmare. In the past, I have been able to put a short hold on it, or forward it all to my new address. But, this move I am in a unique situation because we are leaving so soon and our house won’t be ready until the end of February. So, I figured out the hard way what to do in this situation.
We thought we would be able to forward our mail to our house, but there is no mailbox there yet. So then we thought, we could get a P.O.Box in Pennsylvania, but right now we are in Rhode Island and have to be there in person to get a P.O.Box. So, we were toying with the idea of forwarding our mail to my parents’ house in New Jersey since we will be spending some time there between the hotel stays in the next month. But, legally, I still have my maiden name and when we move, this could confuse the post office and my parents’ mail may be forwarded to Pennsylvania.
So, my husband and I decided to put a hold on our mail here this week and my husband will pick it up at the local Rhode Island Post Office when he is done working here at the end of January. Meanwhile, I will get us a P.O.Box in New Jersey for the month of February, so when I visit my parents on the weekend, I can pick up my mail. From here, I will get my mail forwarded to our new house. Phew-I am exhausted thinking about the mail!
My best advice is if you can’t get your mail forwarded to your new address right away, set-up a P.O. Box that you can access during the interim.