Seattle, Washington (PressExposure) October 19, 2011 -- Do you travel a lot? Or, maybe you're a snowbird and have a winter house and a summer resort type of location. Either way using a mail forwarding service to help you keep on top of your postal mail may be just the thing you desire.
Evelyn Grazini, the owner of the comparison site at http://www.virtualmailcenter.com says that a lot of people now have their mail forwarded to a service that scans it and lets its members view it online. She says that at first there was only one company that offered the service. But now there are a few that have entered the competition. Two of them stand out from the crowd. Those two are the ones that are reviewed on her new site.
The concept may be a simple one, but while doing her research on the various options offered by each company she found that people really do need to pay attention to the small print before they sign up for anything.
The one thing that is standard is that you will need to have your mail forwarded to the mail forwarding service. You will have to get used to the fact that you will NOT receive any more mail at your residence. This can take some getting used to but you will soon find that viewing your mail online is a much better option than having to go to the mailbox every day.
But that's where the standardized options end. Evelyn warns people to watch out for scanning and address options that can increase the price of the service from something that was once affordable, to a decision not to use the mail forwarding service at all.
On her site, you can compare the two options that vary the most. The first is the virtual mailing address option. While the company with the cheapest rates only has one option that comes with the service, that may be all you need. After that, PO box options are cheaper than actual mailing addresses, so be sure to know what you really need before you decide to take on the extra expense. Does your address need to be in New York, or will an address in Michigan that's included with the plan suffice?
The other main difference she notes on her site is the difference in scanning options. Some companies scan the envelope for the basic charge and put it online; others include envelope scanning and a certain number of contents in their charge.
Whatever you decide to do, you will be able to make an informed decision on which mail forwarding service will meet your needs when you review your options at the Virtual Mail Center first.