How can photographs help in a deposit dispute?

Photographs can be incredibly useful in resolving tenancy disputes, particularly if you take the right selection of high-quality pictures before a tenant moves in.

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Time and Date stamp

Digital photos include the time and date at which they were taken in the metadata (extra information) stored by digital cameras and phones. Having photographic proof of the condition of your property with a time and data stamp can make all the difference.

Clearly show the size of marks or damage

Proof of damage is required to withhold a deposit under the rules of the tenancy deposit scheme. Clear before and after pictures of furniture, walls, doors and other parts of your property are essential. Where damage is noticed, placing a common, standard-sized item in the photo of the damage, like a pen or a can of baked beans, can help show the size of the mark or damage. This can make it much easier to assess the scale of the damage and the cost of repair. Storing your photos in a property inventory software app can make it really easy to find them when you need them.

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Help get repair estimates quickly

Taking pictures of any damage can make it much faster to get quotes for repairs. You could email the pictures to local tradespeople, who may then be able to send you repair quotes without needing to arrange a time to visit your property. This can make the process of getting several quotes and selecting a tradesperson much faster and more convenient for you.

Show pre-existing dilapidation

Taking ‘before’ pictures that clearly show the condition of your property before a new tenant moves in is also essential. These can be stored in an inventory app like

When an inspection takes place or a tenant moves out, you can use the pictures to challenge any claims from tenants that the damage occurred before they moved in.

A good collection of photos of your property with time and date stamps can save you time, money, and stress. Make sure your pictures are well lit, cover all rooms and furniture, and include any areas of existing damage or dilapidation. Store them in an inventory app so you will have them to hand whenever you need them.


How music effects what we eat

A surprising factor that influences what and how much you eat and drink in the restaurant is the background music. It’s true: the speed and volume of the music can affect your experience, inducing you to eat more, drink more quickly, and even choose specific items over others. The brain is always absorbing subconscious sensory cues from our surroundings and adding them into the experience, even when we have no idea.

  1. Loud music

Music played too loudly can make it difficult to hear the people you’re with and can hinder your ability to take on the flavour. When music is too ‘in your face’ it can even affect how much you can taste, making the music the dominant effect.

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  1. Music matching food

Music really can bring out certain flavours at mealtime. You can play a certain type of music to sonically season dishes. How exactly does this work? Extensive studies have shown that when restaurants play certain fitting music, they can emphasise tastes such as sweet, spicy, creamy or bitter in a dish. Find the right Instore Music for your business at a site like Mood Media, suppliers of Instore Music.

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  1. The music reflects a certain area

Certain music can take your imagination and your taste buds towards a certain type of cuisine. When in an ethnic eatery, the music from this cultural region can make the food taste more authentic and ethnic. You might also be tempted to choose a French or German wine depending on the origin of the music played through the sound system.

Keeping the elderly secure in their own homes

There’s no place like home and this remains the case as we age. Our homes provide comfort, intimacy, and feelings of independence and security. So, it would make sense for makes sense for elderly people to stay at home where possible. Examining whether the home offers a safe environment is an important factor, however. Here are some tips to assess the safety of the home of an older, more vulnerable person.

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Tips for Home Security

Remove throw rugs. They may be decorative but often do not have the proper rubber backing for better grip on the floor.

Clean up any mess as it accumulates. This includes newspapers, loose clothing, and shoes.

Discard or donate old furniture.

Create a more open environment, simpler to achieve when the older person is still mobile rather than using a zimmerframe or wheelchair. For those using mobility aids, doors must be at least 32 “in to allow access. Consider every tight corner before or after the door. It can restrict access and make manoeuvres impossible.

Avoid extension cords stretching on the floor.

Ensure that the elderly person is wearing non-slip shoes when inside.

Change the batteries in all smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors regularly.

Check the electrical wiring of all equipment and lights in the house of your loved one. Replacing worn or damaged cords and limiting the number of cords plugged into a power strip. If you think it’s time they had round the clock care, consider Live in Care Bath.

Remove candles from the home. Should candles be left unattended, they can start a fire.

Explain to seniors that they should remain low if exiting the house during a blaze. This lessens the chances of inhaling smoke. Ensure they understand the “stop, drop, and roll” action if their clothes catch fire. Find out more about Live in Care Bath here

Try to persuade them not to use space heaters. Should they insist on using one, place it at least three feet from soft furnishings like bedding and curtains. Leave reminders to turn off space heaters before going to bed or leaving the house.

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Make sure the bathroom is safe. The bathroom could be the riskiest space in a senior’s home. Falls often occur here. To ensure the safety of your loved one, make sure that you address the following issues:

Install grab bars in the shower and next to the toilet.

Set the thermostat on the water heater no higher than 120 ° F to prevent accidental burns.

Put a rubber mat in the tub to prevent slipping.

Consider replacing the original bath with walk-in models instead.

Place a special shower chair in the tub.

Install handheld showerheads. It can be easier to use, especially when cleaning places that are difficult to reach.

Consider installing a raised toilet seat with handgrips. The seats ideally must be 17 to 19” in height. This makes it easier for the older person to sit down and stand up.

Attach a night light in the bathroom. This will help assist those who might need to make numerous trips to the bathroom overnight. Place a lamp or two on the way to the bathroom as well so that seniors can find their way.

Why breakfast is so important

We have all heard the saying that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But there are still many of us that have breakfast on the go or even skip it completely. There are however some nutritionists who believe that you believe you are better off skipping breakfast than eating a healthy one?? Controversial considering the number of years we have all been bombarded with information telling us to eat breakfast in the morning to stop you snacking during the day, that children who eat breakfast perform better in exams and at school than those who don’t and that eating breakfast in the morning can help you prevent a sugar slump later on in the day. I am definitely proof that this is not the case as I have been known to start feeling dozy around 1o’clock in the afternoon if I have a full cooked breakfast.

If you are a highly active individual, perhaps a sports person who spends some of their day watching a  Rugby Drill Training drill video, from places like before heading out for a training sessions on the pitch, it is even more important that you fuel your body correctly.

So if we prescribe to the notion that having something to eat for breakfast is the right thing to do there are 3 foods that are deemed to be the best and healthiest things to get you going in the mornings.

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Eggs – They are considered to be one of the best things you can have for breakfast be this, boiled, poached or scrambled. This is due in part to the healthy nature of eggs themselves. A breakfast rich in eggs is thought to help you feel fuller for longer, reduce your desire for a high calorie lunch and can even help you maintain a steady blood sugar level meaning that you are less likely to feel the effect of an 11 am or 2pm sugar crash.

Greek Yogurt – This type of yogurt is not only tasty but also is highly nourishing as it contains a concentrated amount of protein which helps to curb the feelings of hunger. Protein also has what is known in the exercise and nutrition world as a ‘thermic effect’ which means that it helps to increase the body’s metabolic rate after eating. We all know about the healthy gut benefits of eating live yogurt and some types of Greek yogurt contain sources of good probiotics.

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Oatmeal – This is the best option for people who prefer a cereal based breakfast as it is made from ground oats and as such contain a type of fibre known as ‘viscous fibre’ which helps to promote a feeling of fullness. Oats can also help decrease blood pressure and help to promote a healthy heart as they are rich in antioxidants.

So there are just 3 options for a healthy, nourishing and tasty breakfast to kick start your day.