Protecting your Packages this Holiday Season

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If you’re anything like me, you worry about having packages delivered to your home when you’re not there especially during the holiday season. So how can you ensure that your package will be delivered to you?

1. Install Security Cameras:

When looking at security cameras try to get one that is motion censored and Wi-Fi capable so that you can receive alerts to your smartphone when you’re not there or the police will be alerted. Important security camera features are; motion detection, field of view, night vision, movement, Wi-Fi capability, cost, sound, and resolution. security cameras can be a double task not only can they alert you when there is a trespasser but they can also get a facial reaction if the thief or intruder gets away. Security Cameras are always good to have around your home just to help keep your home secure at all times.

2.  Get to Know your Delivery People

Being friendly is always a great option. When you know your delivery people you can let them know if you will not be home or if you prefer an alternate delivery time. Also if there seems to be a suspicious activity or it does not seem safe to leave your package they can let you know that they did not leave it and an alternate way to receive your package.

3. Team up with Neighbors

Teaming up with your neighbors is another good practice, you can help them and they can help you. You could send packages to their home if you’re not going to be home but they will, or you can ask them to grab your packages for you, or just to help keep an eye on your home. Keeping your neighborhood safe and friendly should be in the best interest of all who lives there.

4. Change your Mailbox

There are package mailboxes that you could get, you just need to make sure it is USPS-approved before purchasing. This is a great idea because your packages will always be secure.

5. Require Signature or Pick up in Person

Requiring a signature is an option that can help secure you are the person receiving the package and if no one is home then the package will not be left. Picking up in person is a great idea especially if you know you will not be home for a few days or are in and out. Picking up in person is the most secure method.

6. Package Guard

Package Guard is a frisbee-sized disc that is Wi-Fi capable sending an alert to your phone when your package is placed on from the disc. This is a great way to ensure that your package is arriving.

7. Reroute the Delivery

If you know that you will not be home for the delivery time you could reroute it to your workplace or a family or friends home. This is a secure way to ensure safe delivery.

8. Request Vacation Hold

If you’re going away for the holidays then you can request a vacation hold until you return. Most places offer free holding of packages, you will just need to check before making the request.

Sending packages can be just as stressful as receiving. You do not want to send a package that gets lost or broken. Check out these tips to help avoid an upsetting holiday package arrival.

1. Remove Old Shipping Labels

Reusing old shipping boxes is financially smart, but if you leave those labels on the box it could make for a stressful time. If you leave the old shipping labels on the box it could go to the wrong location or at the very least make the job more difficult for the delivery person. Plus, leaving those labels on makes it looks like you do not care or did not take your time with this package.

2. Use H-Tape Method

H Taping

H Taping is the correct way to tape packages, this method secures the package from opening. When using the H taping method be sure to use packaging tape which is 2 inches thick and can withstand 60lbs. If you have an irregular shaped box just be sure to tape along all the open seams when you seal it. Do not use duct tape.

3. Box-in-a-Box


If you have a very fragile item it can be unnerving to send, especially if you’re like me and have had a bad experience of someone receiving a broken present. It’s not always the deliveries person fault, the holidays are very stressful time for them. Help make their jobs easier by doing everything you can to ensure the safety of your package, box-in-a-box is a great method, while it may cost a little more due to weight it is better than the receiver receiving a broken package. First, this is first sure your item is securely cushioned about 2 inches thick, then place your item inside your smaller box filling all open space with loosefill peanuts minimum of 2″ thick, then place the small box in the outer sturdy box filling the excess space minimum of 3″ thick with loosefill peanuts. Now you have yourself a securely packaged item.

4. Sending Baked Goods

Who doesn’t love receiving homemade cookies, especially ones that you used to make with your grandma or mom for holidays? The perfect gift for college students who won’t be going home for the holidays are their favorite baked goods. However, packaging these baked goods can be worrisome because what if they receive them and they are no longer good? Domino Sugar has a set of instructions to follow to help ensure a yummy received treat.

5. Provide an Internal Shipping Label

If your package got damaged and the delivery service needs to repackage make their jobs a little easier by providing information of where to ship to. This could include providing a business card with name, phone number, and address or just a piece of paper written on eligible with that information. It is safer to make sure you are doing everything you can to make the deliveries job easier so that you do not have to work harder if something were to happen to your package.

Do not get caught up in the stressfulness of sending packages this holiday season, just be prepared, plan ahead, and have a wonderful holiday season! Happy Holidays!

If you’re interested in purchasing a residential home in Central Florida, please contact Mike Rance at

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Mike Rance
RE/MAX 200 Realty in Winter Park, Florida
P: 407-629-6330 ext. 255

By: SaJorden Miller/ Mike Rance Team


Happy Holidays: A RE/MAX Christmas!

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Christmas was a success here at the Winter Park branch with our Christmas breakfast and white elephant gift exchange, decorating our office Christmas tree, and the annual Christmas dinner at Winter Park Farmers Market featuring office skits, music and dancing, and amazing people!

From our family to yours, REMax and the Mike Rance Team wishes you a very Merry Christmas!

Christmas in Orlando: What to Do This Weekend


Even if our temperature doesn’t dip below 50 degrees, even if we don’t have pure white snow making our front lawns a winter wonderland, even if we put our Christmas lights on palm trees and make snowmen out of coconuts, even if Santa has to make it through the open window instead of down the chimney we don’t have… Central Florida is still a pretty impressive place for the holidays, with plenty of great things to do! This weekend (12/18-12/20) hosts several amazing events that will fulfill the Floridian heart with more than its fair share of Christmas spirit. And even if you can’t make it out this weekend, don’t fret – many of these events last through the month of December!


bok tower 2Christmas at Bok Tower Gardens
through Jan 03, 2016
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
$20 adult, $9 children
Your ticket admits you to the most magnificent Christmas-themed events at Bok Tower, including the Holiday Home Tour at Pinewood Estate, poinsettia displays, carillon concerts, winter walking tours, holiday decor workshops, live choir, complimentary happy hour toast, and plenty of holiday shopping.
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Orlando Ballet: Nutcracker at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Dec 18, 2015 8:00 pm
Dec 19, 2015 2:00 pm, 8:00 pm
Dec 20, 2015 1:00 pm, 6:30 pm
$41.50 starting
Celebrate with this traditional holiday performance of The Nutcracker that is sure to bring Christmas to life. “When Clara receives a toy nutcracker from her godfather on Christmas Eve, she is transported on a magical journey complete with the Mouse King, Sugar Plum Fairy, and Mother Ginger.” The Orlando Ballet production will be accompanied by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.
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Grinchmas at Universal’s Islands of Adventure

through Jan 02, 2016
included in regular admission
See Seuss Landing at Islands of Adventure transformed into the colorful and whimsical world of Grinchmas! Enjoy special events such as a live musical performance of The Grinch, a special meet-and-greet with the Grinch in his lair, and the character breakfast with special Grinch and Seuss character appearances.
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Holidays Around the World at Epcot Disney

through Dec 30, 2015
included in regular admission
Epcot’s World Showcase comes alive with the spirit of the holidays as they are celebrated around the world. Each country shows off its special traditions, with additional park features like the celebrity Candlelight Processional, a tree-lighting ceremony, live music, and spectacular lights displays. Don’t miss Epcot’s signature IllumiNations fireworks show with a special Christmas finale featuring the song “Let There Be Peace on Earth!”
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Christmas Bricktacular at Legoland

through Dec 20, 2015
included in regular admission
See how LEGO does Christmas, “…with a 30-foot tall LEGO Christmas tree made of 270,000 LEGO bricks, life-size LEGO Santa, reindeer and sleigh, festive decorations, LEGO build activity, a LEGO Santa Scavenger Hunt and holiday entertainment.” See appearances by LEGO Santa and LEGO Toy Soldier daily at this family-friendly Christmas celebration!
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Light Up UCF: 50 Nights of Music, Lights, and Ice at the CFE Arena

through Jan 03, 2016
6:00 pm
$12 general ice skating, +individually priced attractions, or
$19.95 Unlimited Ice Skating and Rides
FREE Holiday Film Festival, Light Show, Parking
If you are looking for an affordable event for the whole family, then Light Up UCF is the place to go. Back for its eight season, Light Up UCF offers an 8,000 square-foot outdoor ice skating rink, ferris wheel, Blizzard ride, Arctic Glide Ice Slide, Santa’s Workshop, and more! Light Up UCF will also provide fluffy, falling SNOW every evening. Now that’s the true spirit of Christmas.
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Annual Johns Lake Boat Parade at Clermont/Winter Garden

Dec 20, 2015
6:00 pm
This hour-long parade will go along the northern shore of Johns Lake, showcasing the people of Central Florida’s best decorations and holiday lights. Come early to get a spot with the best view (at the public boat ramp!), and if you are a boat parade participant, come early too!
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Illuminated Holiday Boat Parade at Sanford

Dec 19, 2015
6:30 pm
Join the town of Sanford for their annual Illuminated Holiday Boat Parade! Sanford goes all out with their parades, celebrating with a street float parade downtown, a open-door stroll through Sanford’s historic homes decked in Christmas decor, and the annual holiday boat parade! This weekend, choose from a host of great boat-viewing locations, including the north side of Marina Island, the Veterans Memorial Park, from Wolfy’s Bar & Grill or St. Johns Steak & Seafood Restaurant, or anywhere along Sanford’s Riverwalk between Park Avenue and US 17-92. Official line-up time is 6:00 pm, so make sure to claim your place early to see or be the greatest boat!
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street 2Make it out to these great local events and see all that Central Florida has to offer for the holidays! Don’t forget that the best experience of all could be you driving around luxury or small, historic neighborhoods of Celebration, Windermere, Winter Park, Mount Dora, and many others with your family, viewing all of the inspiring Christmas lights and spending quality time together.

The Mike Rance Team wishes you a very Merry Christmas from the heart of Florida!