You've Got Mail Hopefully

By
Real Estate Broker/Owner with HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 311291

Change Of Address

One of the things to do when selling your home is to go to the post office and change your address. It is a free service. You can also do it online for a modest sum of $1.10.

  But be careful; there are some bogus sites set up that look very official, and you might think you are on the right one. These sites are charging up to forty dollars. Please be warned not to fall for these.

'Note: Warning: There are third-party websites that will charge you fees of $40.00 or more to submit your Change of Address. The Postal Service is not affiliated with the businesses that own these sites and, unfortunately, will not be able to assist you, or offer any refunds for activity on ANY non-USPS site. If something goes wrong while filing a COA on a non-USPS site, you will need to contact the financial institution that issued the credit card for resolution.  To ensure the best service, always use USPS.com for all Change of Address activities.'

 

Here is how to ensure that your mail gets forwarded. In addition to changing your address, purchase some large manila envelopes. 

When you are moving, leave a few large envelopes stamped and self-addressed to yourself at your new home. 

Tell the new owners to please put any mail that may arrive in these envelopes. 

And when that "stray" mail shows up, they can just put it into the stamped envelope and mail it to you. Easy peasy. 

You've Got Mail

 

Thinking of selling your home

Call Margaret Rome

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Comments (20)

Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I’m really hoping that everything resolves itself  and doesn’t have the knowledge to go far.

Apr 27, 2022 10:27 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Good to see  you, Laura!

Apr 28, 2022 06:41 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

That's a good idea about the envelopes for any straggly mail!

Enjoy your Thursday!

Apr 28, 2022 04:39 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Kat, I've been doing this for years, and it works. Easy for  you and the new owners of your home. 

Apr 28, 2022 06:42 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Margaret. The last time we moved we had trouble changing our address. To make matters worse, the new occupant of our old place had the same last name. Five years later we still get her mail and she gets some of ours. We have never met but maybe need to become friends and exchange mail over coffee. Enjoy your day.

Apr 28, 2022 05:07 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hmm, it seems that there has been a lot of discussions lately about a change of address.  I don't recall having to pay a fee for a change of address but then again I have not changed my address frequently at all.

Apr 28, 2022 05:40 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Brian England There is no charge if you go to the post office; it's a dollar ten online. This post is a warning that scammers who look very similar to USPS but are not! 

Apr 28, 2022 06:40 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Wayne Martin Now that is a problem. Guess you should have changed your last name at the same time to make sure you got all your mail. 🙃

Apr 28, 2022 06:44 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

I like the idea of the manilla stamped envelopes, because something always seems to get through the change of address.

Apr 28, 2022 07:40 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Hi Nick, It's good to see  you!

May 02, 2022 09:30 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

I had an out-of-area client selling a vacant home. Change of address was in with the USPS. 

Despite the fact that I had placed a notice inside the mailbox, the mail continued to be delivered. I went to the post office to get it straightened out. The mail continued to be delivered.

Week over week, I bunded the mail, placed it in an envelope, and forwarded it to my client. 

 

 

Apr 28, 2022 09:09 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Kathleen, That must have been quite frustrating since you took care of it with the post office. Ahh the things we do for our clients

May 02, 2022 09:32 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Margaret if there is a way to scam people, scammers will find it.

By the way great idea about leaving "stamped self addressed large manila envelopes"  with the new Buyer so they can forward your mail.

Apr 28, 2022 01:17 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

George, If there is a way to scam, scammers will.


Glad you like the simple idea of the stamped self-addressed manila envelope.

May 02, 2022 09:34 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Margaret- excellent advice and something I've done for all of our moves. The new owners have always been happy to place the mail in the envelope!!

Apr 29, 2022 07:27 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Kathy, It is so easy and so effective for everyone.

May 02, 2022 09:38 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is very good advice to share. Many people do fall for the scams.

Apr 30, 2022 07:51 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Hi Roy, It is good to see you. We can never be too careful of the spammers.

May 02, 2022 09:40 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Apr 30, 2022 07:03 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Margaret - I do that every time I leave our house in Florida so that I catch and mail and the PO doesn't consider the address abandoned.

May 01, 2022 10:43 AM
Charita Cadenhead
eXp Realty - Birmingham, AL
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)

Great advice.  Although when I sold my house last year I changed my address and I realized that I had not received my tag renewal so it must have gone to my old address.  I will be going through my old neighborhood this week Margaret and I think I will drop off some self address stamped envelopes to the new owners.

May 02, 2022 06:40 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Good idea, Grant Schneider.

May 02, 2022 09:41 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Charita Cadenhead, Good idea. Better late than never. Hope you get your tags.

May 02, 2022 09:42 AM
Charita Cadenhead
eXp Realty - Birmingham, AL
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)

I got them.  I rode around with expired tags for several weeks though

May 02, 2022 09:50 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

So glad you got them. Make it a great day.

May 02, 2022 10:59 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

There's still a quite enjoyable aspect to getting physical items in the mail that sometimes feels like a little prize to your brain. :

May 02, 2022 09:47 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

That's one way to forward your mail!  Love seeing your posts and ideas :) 

May 03, 2022 11:52 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good afternoon Margaret,

Love your brilliant idea to help your sellers out when moving to their new address! Great advice to share!

May 03, 2022 03:00 PM