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Moving With No Forwarding Address: What do I do?

December 23rd, 2016 - 8:53 AM

I don’t have an address for my move

Moving long distance without a destination address is actually pretty common, especially if you’re moving suddenly for work or family. Many times, people might know the city or region of the state they’re moving to, but aren’t sure about the exact location. Because it’s not always possible to visit your new town and secure housing beforehand, you might be concerned about how to forward your mail, and more importantly, where to have the moving truck deliver your belongings. Both of these tasks can easily be accomplished as long as you know the general area you’ll be living in.

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How does the post office forward mail to me?

To get a USPS mail forward, you’ll need to at least know which city you’re moving to. If you know this, the mail can be forwarded to the local post office as General Delivery — a service that makes it possible to ship mail or packages to someone who doesn’t have a mailing address or a post office box in a specific town. Mail addressed this way can be held for 30 days and will need to be picked up in person (make sure to bring a proper ID).  For cities with multiples post offices, call 800-275-8777 to determine which ZIP code to send it to (it’s typically the main office).  

Once you decide on a permanent residence, fill out a Change of Address form so that mail can now be sent to your new address.

How do I move my belongings without an address?

It’s possible to move your items without a permanent address. If you’re using a rental truck, you would need to pack and load everything, drive to your destination, and then put the items into storage while searching for a place to live. If you’re using a full-service company, they’ll complete the entire move for you — packing, loading, driving and then storing your items until you can accept them. While truck rental and full-service options offer solutions for people moving without a final address, one requires you to load and unload multiple times, and the other is typically the most expensive way to move. So, if you’re looking for a more affordable option that doesn’t require you to load and unload more than once, consider using a hybrid “you pack, we drive” service like U-Pack®.

How to move with U-Pack when you don’t have a destination address

Moving with no permanent address is easy with U-Pack — just start by getting an online quote. Enter your current ZIP code and then a ZIP code for the general area you’ll be relocating to (don’t worry if it’s not exact, this can be updated later). After reservation, the first part of the move goes like this: we’ll drop off a moving trailer or ReloCube® to your current home, you’ll have three business days to load everything, and then we’ll pick it up and drive it to the service center closest to the ZIP code provided. Once it arrives at the terminal, you’ll have a couple of options depending on whether you find housing quickly, or need a couple weeks/months to search. Check it out:

I need a few weeks/months.

Those who are house hunting may need a little more time. If this is the case, call a U-Pack consultant at 800-413-4799 to ask about our convenient storage options. Storage works like this: you load the equipment, we pick it up and then we store it at the local terminal closest to the ZIP code provided. It stays stored in the same equipment until you find a permanent address and are ready for delivery. Storage charges are based on equipment, how long it’s stored and where it’s eventually delivered to. 

I only need a few days.

A standard U-Pack move is a good option for anyone who has a few places lined up on the other end (like an apartment, duplex or rental home), and just need to choose and sign papers. What happens is your equipment will arrive at the destination terminal and you’ll have a 2-business day grace period to finalize everything. If it takes a little longer than two days, a $50 charge per day and equipment is added to the total. For example, let’s say you’re using two ReloCubes for one extra day at the terminal. Because the price for additional days is $50 per container, you’ll pay $100 for one extra day. Now, because this can add up quickly, we only suggest this option if you know finding housing won’t take more than a couple business days.  

Note: Keep in mind that your initial rate may change depending on the final destination and storage needs.

Have other U-Pack customers moved without an address?

Over the years, we’ve helped many customers who didn’t have a destination address move. U-Pack works with each unique situation to ensure everything goes smoothly. Here’s what some customers had to say:

“U-Pack was great! I didn’t have an address before the move. They helped and allowed me to change plans during the move. They were always friendly and helpful. I will definitely use them for my next move.” –J. Faubel

“This was an excellent way to move. It proved to be especially ideal since we did not have a move in address for two months.” –D. Crum

“This was so much easier than I thought it would be! We did not have the final address when we scheduled the move, but the U-Pack people were super helpful and supportive all the way through the process.” –C. Koplos

“This was the best way to go for me. I had my things in storage, already packed, and I did not have an address where I was going to move to. It was a huge blessing that they were able to store the Cubes in a local warehouse while I searched for a new residence.” –B. Tobin

Try U-Pack!

By offering flexible options to fit your needs, moving without a permanent address is simple and easy — making U-Pack the ideal solution for your cross country relocation. See how much your move will cost by getting a free online quote or calling a friendly specialist at 800-413-4799. If you have any additional questions about how you can move without an address or how to get mail forwarded, leave a comment below. We’re happy to help!

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