When people hear the words "PO box", they typically think of the gilded mailboxes available for rent through their local United States Post Office. Many people aren’t aware that there are private alternatives to renting a traditional post office box.
U.S. Post Offices, including the one in El Dorado Hills (95762, CA) Town Center, often have a waitlist for PO box rental. You can phone the post office at 916-939-0168 and find out about availability.
Private mail centers can more easily scale to meet the local demand for mailboxes.
In this blog post, we'll first look at the general benefits of renting a PO box. Then we'll cover some of the advantages of private mailbox rental, along with the rental alternatives in El Dorado Hills.
General Benefits of Mailbox Rental
Compared to receiving mail at home, both U.S. PO boxes and private mailbox rental facilities offer customers a number of helpful features. These include:
A Permanent Address (even if you move)
Private mailboxes are located inside a building that is locked and only accessible to those who have a key card. Most private mailbox rental locations offer 24/7 access so that mail can be retrieved at any time. Unlike at home, mail cannot be stolen, tampered with, or destroyed by anyone who walks by.
Mail is typically delivered to PO boxes and private mailbox rental services earlier in the day than home mail delivery. Mail is often available before 12pm, which is convenient for those who need same-day mail-out service.
Private mailbox rental is an excellent way to gain increased privacy and identity protection for those who need it. It's also helpful for those who may want to keep certain types of mail or correspondence separate from the mail they get at home.
A Permanent El Dorado Hills Mailing Address
Those who move within an area or travel frequently know how inconvenient it is to make changes to mail delivery service. Changing addresses, arranging for forwarding, updating friends and family is a pain.
A private mailbox provides a long-term permanent address that reduces or eliminates the need for changing mailing addresses on an ongoing basis.
Private mailbox rental is affordable. Mailboxes are usually available in a few different sizes. Prices for monthly service depend on what size box a customer needs. Service typically runs between $15 and $25 per month.
PO Boxes vs. Private Mailbox Rental
For those interested in an El Dorado Hills, California post office box alternative, private mailbox rental offers several key benefits over a standard PO Box:
A Physical Address
With a private mailbox service, you get an actual street address, not a PO box number. This means it can be used in exactly the same way as a home address would be. This is ideal for online and/or home-based businesses.
Shipments From All Carriers
Private mailboxes allow you to get deliveries from any carrier, including USPS, FedEx, and UPS. Private mailbox providers generally allow customers to have deliveries made to their location, signed for by the staff and kept safe until a customer is ready to retrieve their delivery.
Protect Against Package Theft
Depending on where you live, you might be at risk of package theft.
This NASA scientist, who presumably lives in a decent neighborhood, was so frustrated with package theft, that he pranked the thieves of his packages in a creative way:
You don’t have to go to this extent. A private mail center can accept and store your packages for you. You can come in during office hours and pick up your packages.
A Pleasant Customer Experience
Few online reviewers consider the time spent in a USPS post office to be a five-star experience. For El Dorado Hills, the reviews hover around 2.5 stars. Private mailbox providers have a greater incentive to provide responsive and friendly service.
More Convenient In & Out
For many, there may be only one post office location in the area where they live. Post Offices are often located near other storefronts, which means tight traffic and competition for parking spaces. Private mail centers are often more convenient to get to and from.
Choosing An El Dorado Hills Post Office Box Alternative
If you are looking for a mailbox for either personal or business reasons, it's worth your time to consider several post office box alternatives in the 95762 ZIP Code.
In addition to finding out the prices and location of a provider, you should look at the services offered. Not all private mailbox rental services are the same. Finding one that meets your needs will help ensure that your provider is making your life easier — not just adding one more chore to your list of daily tasks.
For more information about the services offered here at GoldKey Storage, including private mailbox rental, please contact us via one of the options shown in the footer below.
GoldKey Storage's Mail Center is located just 1.3 miles from 4641 Post St, which is the location of the El Dorado Hills post office.
Our location: 4980 Golden Foothill Pkwy, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
Phone number: (916) 933-8989