What your Postman MUST do - SURPRISE!!!!!

Real Estate Agent with Dirt Road Real Estate BR645447000

We live rural and we have several part time neighbors who are gone for weeks at a time.  I learned something kinda shocking hanging out at the mail box....


Did you know that if your mail stays in your mail box for more than ten days without being picked up, that your mail carrier is supposed to pick it all back up and return it to the Post Office for another ten day hold.  If it is not picked up during that second ten days .... they are supposed to send all the mail back to sender!!!!!!! 


WOW - do not forget to put your mail on vacation hold or have a friend pick it up at least once a week!!!!


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Michael Wayne Jackson
Coldwell Banker - Novato, CA
Broker - Seniors Real Estate Specialist Novato

Im assuming that i havent been away from home long enough to have this happen. Good to know though.


Aug 30, 2020 02:20 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I wasn't aware of this - if I was going away for a long time, I'd definitely put my mail on hold first. I wouldn't want anyone taking things from my mailbox!

Aug 30, 2020 05:03 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good reminder, Elise. I had no idea... then again our mail is picked up daily out of our's not that many steps from our front door to the mail box! 

Aug 30, 2020 05:09 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Lucky I always put my mail on hold when we are on vacation but my friends that when on a month long cruise put theirs on hold and the post office kept delivering it.  Luck I mow there long and saw the box was part open so I drove over ever day to get it.


Aug 30, 2020 08:06 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Elise, had no idea, and wonder if that is a Federal rule, or state by state?

May 22, 2022 11:12 AM
Elise Harron

I didn't know either - our mail carrier gives us a lot of slack, but when someone makes it impossible for her to complete her job duties she rely's on the Federal mail carriers rules and reg's to keep her out of trouble while dealing with very absent mail recipients.

Mar 31, 2023 03:41 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I was looking for your current posts.

I hope all is going well for you. Have an outstanding spring.

Apr 01, 2023 08:26 AM