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Old 02-06-2019, 11:30 PM
 
Location: Tucson Arizona
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The mail sorting is done in Phoenix, so that's where the problem is, not the local office.

We tried to open a post office box. They wanted proof of address, like a bill mailed to us. sigh. We own the house, so no lease agreement, and of course we haven't gotten the deed yet--it's in the mail. We could probably get a private mail box, but as soon as we get everything changed, we won't need it anymore.

I got a Verizon jetpack for internet and tv. We tried an antenna, but there are hills between us and the transmitters so it didn't work. Cable would be faster and cheaper.

I pay most of my bills online, but companies freak out when the mailed bills are returned to them.

Thanks for the suggestions!
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Old 02-07-2019, 12:48 AM
 
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We've talked to the carrier when he delivers packages to our house, but apparently letters and bills are sorted a different way and our address isn't in that system.

Any suggestions? We're going to the post office again tomorrow to see if they can at least hold our mail for pickup.
Here is a weird suggestion. Send yourself tons of mail. Inundate your new house with mail and maybe someone at the post office will get the idea to deliver it instead of returning hundreds of pieces of mail.

One can do this by sending themselves travel brochures etc. Here is a link to get started.

https://www.tourtexas.com/travel-guides
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Old 02-07-2019, 01:57 AM
 
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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Can you set up a general delivery until things get sorted? It won't eliminate all the problems but maybe it will help get your mail into your hands.
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Old 02-07-2019, 07:17 AM
 
Location: Elysium
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Here is a weird suggestion. Send yourself tons of mail. Inundate your new house with mail and maybe someone at the post office will get the idea to deliver it instead of returning hundreds of pieces of mail.

One can do this by sending themselves travel brochures etc. Here is a link to get started.

https://www.tourtexas.com/travel-guides
That won't work, the post office nor the carrier doesn't care if the mail isn't first class. It goes directly to waste and is sold as scrap paper to recycling companies. When advertisers don't get the expected response they finally send a few pieces first class or with an address service at a premium to game the system and see if they can get a returned piece to find out what is wrong. Be it no such number, or just that person refuses the piece.

If I understand the OP correctly the home is on no delivery plan. By now the local carrier should have updated his edit book to add the address and it is a matter of clicking the proper box on a computer. However new labels for the carrier to prepare his route has to be printed and attached to his work station so there is a delay for the new route order to go into effect.

In most district those labels go up on Saturday after the route is prepared and the carrier is out delivering so that Monday morning it is in the plan and the mail should flow smoothly in order. Then the advertising agencies buy the new route information on different schedules, the big newspaper like market ads tend to be once a month, other catalog senders tend to do it less often.

Now the problem may be that the carrier never updated his edit book because his community rarely saw new construction and he never had to before and nobody in that zone has the institutional knowledge to do it.
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Old 02-07-2019, 07:56 AM
 
Location: Elysium
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Something's missing here, alright. What a mess!


You could use a private mail forwarding service until you get US mail sorted out. Google "mail forwarding usa".


Call your city counsellor about the mail problem. If you can't get phone contact, write a letter and send via registered mail. CC: your state gov. CC: postmaster . Follow up on your letter.


I'd be going nuts without TV or computer. If you want TV get an HD TV antenna. No need for cable. You didn't mention if you have use of your computer or cell. Cast your smart phone screen to your TV and surf for channels and movies with a phone app.

Good luck!!
I never heard of contacting the local government, except in the situation where someone built without a permit and the city engineering office didn't have any new construction to report to the local post office. On the other hand the local US House Representatives field office gets immediate notice and they might have deputized a local officials to act for the Congessman.
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Old 02-07-2019, 07:58 AM
 
Location: Billings, MT
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Here is a weird suggestion. Send yourself tons of mail. Inundate your new house with mail and maybe someone at the post office will get the idea to deliver it instead of returning hundreds of pieces of mail.

One can do this by sending themselves travel brochures etc. Here is a link to get started.

https://www.tourtexas.com/travel-guides

"I'm gonna sit right down and write myself a letter..."!
Start sending yourself letters, FIRST CLASS, addressed to yourself, with the return address (no name, just address) on the back of the envelope.
If that doesn't work, start sending registered mail to yourself, return receipt requested. Do that once or twice a week until they get the idea.
In the mean time, send a registered letter to the Postmaster General in Washington D.C. or wherever his office is.
Never accept "We can't fix the problem" from someone who is not empowered to say "We will fix the problem!"

If the system won't work for you, FORCE IT!
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Old 02-07-2019, 10:11 AM
 
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Is it possible that your address should use a Rural Route post office box number ? Back in the "old days" I recall there were perfectly valid street addresses, but the mailing address was something like "Rural Route 7, Box 192B" or something along those lines.
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Old 02-07-2019, 01:25 PM
 
Location: on the wind
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We tried to open a post office box. They wanted proof of address, like a bill mailed to us. sigh. We own the house, so no lease agreement, and of course we haven't gotten the deed yet--it's in the mail. We could probably get a private mail box, but as soon as we get everything changed, we won't need it anymore.
You do have your real estate closing statement proving you have purchased the house. Your loan, bank, or homeowner's insurance policy documents also provide proof, and will show the physical-legal address of the house.

Just break down and rent the PO Box for the shortest amount of time or ask if General Delivery will work. This is one reason those options even exist. To deal with temporary and transient situations. Renting a PO box is cheap in the scheme of things. So what if you have to change your mailing address again once everything is settled? It's just one of life's little wrinkles. You'll survive it.

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Old 02-07-2019, 01:30 PM
 
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Default "Where there is a will , there is a way".

Because OP has had no luck with the post office administrators one has to circumvent the P.O.chain of command using other means. Plan B: Your city government has the clout to contact the right people to assist residents with complaints involving their taxpaying residence. By CCing the gov rep and the postmaster your letter has turned into a formal complaint linked to a chain of authorities. If the city councillor is worth their salt you will get results even though it might "not be their department".
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Old 02-07-2019, 01:42 PM
 
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OP, Add to #19, I have had good experience emailing and calling such people. You need the politicians. In a similar case the higher up politicians were shocked to hear what was going on. Not only smaller local board but more of a state level, especially if such a person comes from near your town.

Note all the things you said here and what you talk about/email about with politicians. Then contact the larger newspaper near you. Not the one in your immediate area. The larger city. And the tv news media as well. Have the names and titles and numbers of the PO people, the politicians etc. Sounds like a big aggressive deal but it's really not. People love these stories and maybe something will come of it when the only other big news is the bad weather.
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