Seattle, Washington (PressExposure) January 10, 2012 -- When you go on vacation, what do you do with your mail? Most people will just ask the neighbors to pick it up, and then you have to go through a stack of mail when you get back home. This isn't the optimal solution, but many people don't know that there is a better way. And, that you have more than one company to choose from that offers this service. And that's exactly why Evelyn developed the Virtual Mail Center.
The Virtual Mail Center is not an actual provider of mail forwarding services, but rather a comparison site that shows customers what options they have when looking for permanent mail forwarding. Even though basic prices of the services reviewed on the site are very similar, what is included in this basic price is where a person would find the "at a glance" comparison helpful.
The comparisons include a breakdown of the basic service, including what address selections are available. The address selections vary a lot, as do the prices to have addresses in larger cities. It also costs less to have a PO Box address rather than an actual street address.
While comparing the sites, Evelyn found that the two things that affected the monthly fee the most were: 1) the location of your new address - like we said above, the larger the city, the more you will pay to have your address in that city, and 2) how many pieces of mail will be scanned without incurring extra charges.
Evelyn also wants people to be aware of what the scans include. Some companies only include envelope scans in their basic charge, others include a limited amount of content scans also.
Evelyn says that the best thing to do before you decide to sign up with a mail forwarding service is to do your research on how much mail you actually receive each month and what is included in your mail. If you get a lot of junk mail then you might be OK with just the basics, since you will not be forwarding all that junk mail. Normally, the US Post Office will not forward 3rd class "Business Bulk Mail" so you will not have to worry about paying for this type of mail. You might also want to consider getting your bills delivered electronically so you can pay them online. Actually, even if you don't use a forwarding service, it's a good idea to get up to speed with online billing and payment for security reasons.
After you weed out the things that do not really need to be coming in the mail (or that you have no desire to ever see again), you will be better able to use the Virtual Mail Center's comparison grid to select the Mail Forwarding Service that will meet your needs well into the future. Travel no longer becomes a hassle with your mail because you will be able to get it all online daily, from wherever you are at the current time.