Forwarding your mail when you move can be a real hassle. Essentially what is supposed to happen is that after you fill out a forwarding mail card with the post office, they hold your mail for a few days leading up to the day when you want your mail delivered to the new address. If there is some confusion or something gets held up, your important pieces of mail, like your paychecks or Social Security checks, get stuck. Furthermore, mail forwarding for other package delivery services does not work. Your packages will go to the old address if you forget to change your shipping information, and then the new resident at your old address may receive them. Here is how shipping works as part of your moving services to keep your important mail and packages coming to the right person.
Moving out of Your Relative's House to a Distant Place
When you have been living with relatives (e.g., your parents) and you are now moving back out on your own, but you are moving far, far away, ask your relatives to box up your mail and packages and ship them to you. Be sure to use prepaid shipping boxes and envelopes so that you do not leave the financial responsibility of shipping costs with your relatives. You can have them do this until you get settled and then you can ask the post office to start forwarding your mail. That way you can wait to forward until after you have received important items, like paychecks, and your old bills or junk mail can sit and collect at the post office until it gets rerouted.
Forwarding Everything to a Postal Box
If you are not moving very far from your old address, you could rent a post office box that is closer to your new address. Then place the P.O.Box number on your mail forwarding card a couple of weeks before you move. It will require you to go to the post office in person to collect your mail, but it will also prevent you from missing important pieces of mail that you are waiting for while you pack and move your things.
Switching Shipping Addresses for Packages Sooner
If you know that your new residence will be vacant and you are not worried about having your packages stolen, you could switch your shipping address for your package delivery companies over a month in advance. Since it takes these companies a little time to correct the information in their systems, and since the likelihood of you purchasing anything during your move is low, you can rest assured that future packages will get to the new address. If you do order something sooner than expected and the item is shipped to the new address before you get there, you can call the shipping company and request that they hold the item for you until you arrive. Then you can either pick it up at the delivery company's office/hub or ask them to resume shipping after a certain date.
Moving companies, like Movers 201 Inc, can give you more information on how to make the transition to your new address.