If you’ve been considering getting a Post Office box (or P.O. box), but are hesitant about the idea because you don’t want to have to leave your home to get your letters, it might be time to take a closer look at why these can be so helpful. Here are convincing reasons to get a P.O. box.
Remember that P.O. stands for Post office because your P.O. box will live inside of the post office. That means that, so long as the post office is open, there are staff members inside, keeping an eye on your mailbox. This makes it particularly difficult for anyone to steal your mail or packages, or to stuff junk mail into your box. Even when the post office is closed, it is still under 24-hour surveillance, so should anyone vandalize or rob the premises, you will have a way to catch the criminal.
It is locked
If you have a house, then you likely have an unlocked mailbox that anyone can open and take mail out of, or put mail into that you don’t want. A P.O. box is locked, and only someone with the key or lock code can access it. This can eliminate individuals stuffing delivery menus or unwanted promos inside of it.
It is isolated
If you live in an apartment building and have a personal mailbox in a larger community box, then each time the postal service personnel delivers mail, she opens the entire unit. Apartment mailboxes are usually encompassed in one massive panel that opens like a single door, so when the postal service person opens one box, she opens them all. This, naturally, makes your mail more vulnerable than if you’d just have an isolated P.O. box.
Mail is available earlier
Because you don’t need to wait for the postal service to deliver mail to your home address, it becomes available to you earlier. You just need it to get to the post office to make it to your P.O. box, which means you could get your mail as early as noon every day.
Strangers don’t get your home address
P.O. boxes are important for privacy reasons, too. If you receive your mail at home, then anyone who has your mailing address also knows where you live. There are plenty of instances in which someone may want to keep their home address private. Say, for example, you own a large company. If you ever lay someone off who becomes angry with you, you don’t want that person knowing where you live.
Your apartment mailbox is tiny
If you live in an apartment building, then your mailbox is probably tiny. It could be so small that, if you simply fail to collect your mail for two days, the postal service individual dumps it on your front step because your box is too full. This, however, puts you at risk for mail theft. P.O. boxes are larger and can hold a few days worth of mail.
You might move often
If you move a lot, then updating your mailing address with all pertinent contacts can be a major hassle. And, sometimes, you fail to do so, which can wreak havoc on your life if you don’t receive important bills and other notices. A P.O. box eliminates the need to update your mailing address each time you move.
You might travel often
If you travel often, then you probably want the post office to hold your mail for you. If you have a P.O. box, you don’t need to remember to ask the post office to hold your mail every time you travel or ask them to start sending it again when you get back.
It looks professional
If you have a small business and work from home, having a P.O. box makes you appear more professional to clients and colleagues. And, again, it keeps your home address private from the many individuals with whom you do business.
P.O. boxes are very affordable, and take only a few simple steps to set up. So, if you were on the fence about getting one, hopefully, this helps you make the decision.