Building a new home entails a myriad of activities that are necessary before you move into the new structure. Building permits, surveying, floor planning, construction contractors, plumbers, electricians and many other issues must be thoroughly planned in advance. Whether it's built in the country or in the city, you will need to have your home's location registered with the United States Post Office (USPS) before mail can be delivered to you, as even private couriers such as United Parcel Service (UPS) and Federal Express (FedEx) use address registries to deliver packages.
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Compile a file folder containing all of your information. Include copies of your land deed and two official forms of personal identification. Be sure to include all the pages of your deed, as they contain longitude and latitude information that is used to calculate your property to "put it on the map." Modern deeds may also have precise Global Positioning System (GPS) data for your property.
Make a trip to the United States Post Office nearest you, and tell the clerk you would like to speak with the Postmaster about registering a mailing address for your newly built property.
Provide the Postmaster with your property information. You may receive official forms to fill out, so you can fill in much of this information yourself. Fill them out completely and give them to the Postmaster, who will then make copies of your deed and title documents.
File any copies of paperwork given to you for your records. Ask the Postmaster how long it will be before mail will start being delivered to your address. In most cases, after registration delivery can begin almost immediately, while in some areas there may be a delay of one or more weeks.
Set up a federally approved mailbox on the front of your home or by the entrance to your driveway or walkway so it will be ready when the mail delivery begins--otherwise your mail will not be dropped at your location.
Keep copies of your deed in a secure place, and only provide copies, not originals, to the Postmaster. Although you may obtain copies from local government administrative offices, there is generally a fee.
Kurt Schanaman has had several editorials printed by the Star-Herald Newspaper publication in Western Nebraska. He attended Western Nebraska Community College.