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Old 10-08-2019, 07:11 AM
 
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We are buying a house in NJ (hopefully all goes through smoothly!) which has a long driveway set back further than other houses on the street. You can't even see the front door from the street. The letter mailbox is at the street. My question is, will packages be brought to the front door or left on the curb? Sorry if this is a dumb question. I don't know anyone with a property like this and have only lived in apartments and townhouses before.
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Old 10-08-2019, 07:20 AM
 
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In my experience packages are delivered to the door, usually left on the porch. If they do fit in the mailbox they'll be shoved in there, but otherwise no packages are left by the street.
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Old 10-08-2019, 07:24 AM
 
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It depends on how lazy your mail carrier is. My parents live in a house like this and usually the packages are brought to the door.
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Old 10-08-2019, 07:46 AM
 
Location: New Jersey
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We are buying a house in NJ (hopefully all goes through smoothly!) which has a long driveway set back further than other houses on the street. You can't even see the front door from the street. The letter mailbox is at the street. My question is, will packages be brought to the front door or left on the curb? Sorry if this is a dumb question. I don't know anyone with a property like this and have only lived in apartments and townhouses before.
Why not call the Post Office and ask them?
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Old 10-08-2019, 08:03 AM
 
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In my experience packages are delivered to the door, usually left on the porch. If they do fit in the mailbox they'll be shoved in there, but otherwise no packages are left by the street.

Okay that was what I was thinking and hoping. Haha 'shoved' is so true. On more than one occasion I had to use pliers to pull open a box stuck in a multi mail box. I pulled open the package with the pliers, took out the book, and then extracted the rest of the box. Annoying but thank goodness for tools.



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It depends on how lazy your mail carrier is. My parents live in a house like this and usually the packages are brought to the door.

Ok that's what I was thinking, thanks.



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Why not call the Post Office and ask them?

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Old 10-08-2019, 09:49 AM
 
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If you have a rural mail carrier, if the parcel is too big to fit in your box, they will bring it to your house. If it is really big or heavy or if the driveway is blocked by snow or otherwise, they will leave a notice that you can pick it up at your local the post office.
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Old 10-08-2019, 10:04 AM
 
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They'll drop it at the mailbox unless they don't in which case they might put it at the front door or they may just put up a notice and then you have to go to the PO to get it.
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Old 10-08-2019, 10:11 AM
 
Location: Weehawken, NJ
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Is your driveway gated? I have a very long and steep driveway, around 175'. You actually cant see the garage from the street, but the mail is left at the mailbox but all packages are dropped at my garage door, or my front door.
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Old 10-08-2019, 10:25 AM
 
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If you have a rural mail carrier, if the parcel is too big to fit in your box, they will bring it to your house. If it is really big or heavy or if the driveway is blocked by snow or otherwise, they will leave a notice that you can pick it up at your local the post office.
We are a 1/4 mile off of the road and this is how our carrier handles it. We use an extra large rural mail box similar to this one:



We do a lot of Amazon Prime orders so they cram whatever they can into the box along with the mail (which is quite a bit) but for larger packages most of the time they will come down the lane and leave them in the barn or on the porch. I say most of the time because there have been occasions where they were left next to the mailbox, but that's only happened once or twice-not sure why. UPS will come down the lane for anything but FedEx is a crapshoot. They have a million different divisions (FedEx Home Delivery, FedEx Ground, FedEx Express, etc...) each with different drivers. We've found FedEx packages left in the ditch beside the mailboxes, in the bushes halfway down the lane, and on the hoods of our cars
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Old 10-09-2019, 07:19 AM
 
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We are buying a house in NJ (hopefully all goes through smoothly!) which has a long driveway set back further than other houses on the street. You can't even see the front door from the street. The letter mailbox is at the street. My question is, will packages be brought to the front door or left on the curb? Sorry if this is a dumb question. I don't know anyone with a property like this and have only lived in apartments and townhouses before.
Call and speak to the postmaster that delivers to the new home and ask about your concerns.

Contact FedEx and UPS too, and see what their policy is.

What you don't want to do, is move the mailbox only to find out the post office won't delivery your mail until you move it back. It seems each area has their own rules. I know a guy who relocated his mailbox and the post office contacted him and said he had to move it back, which he did.
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