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When it comes to your mail, choose the option that works best for you.

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If you leave your apartment to go away for a while, such as to take a vacation or business trip, you'll need to decide what to do with the mail that gets delivered to your apartment while you're gone.

As an apartment dweller, you have a handful of options when it comes to dealing with your mail when you go away. Which option you choose depends on certain factors, such as how long you plan to be away and whether it's important that you know exactly what mail you receive.

Here are the most popular options available to you for dealing with your mail when you go away from your apartment:

  1. Ask a Trusted Neighbor to Check Your Mail

    Because neighbors live in your building, they have easy access to the mailbox area and can conveniently check another tenant's mail. If you have a trustworthy neighbor and you may want to know about which pieces of mail arrive while you're away, this is a good option to consider.

  2. Have Your Local Post Office Hold Your Mail

    If you're going away for a while and don't need to know what mail you get until you return, this may be the best option for you.

  3. Have Your Local Post Office Temporarily Forward Your Mail

    This may be the right option if you can't find a trustworthy neighbor to check your mail or if you believe you'll need the actual pieces of mail in hand to take appropriate action.

  4. Do Nothing

    If you're going away for just a few days, it's probably easiest to let your mail continue to get delivered to your mailbox for you to collect upon your return. A very short trip, especially one that includes a Sunday or certain holidays, shouldn't create a situation where too much mail than can fit in your mailbox accumulates.
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