The time has come! Within the next few weeks, we will place our very first renovation project up for sale! While we would have loved to stay in this amazing 3 bed, 3 bath home in the heart of Riverdale, my fiancé and I will be settling into a waterfront condo in Whitby, only minutes away from my mom and sister’s houses. Second renovation project, here we come!
Our experience has been a very educational one, as we learned the what-to-do’s but mostly what-not-to-do-next-time’s. We’ve slept, breathed and lived this renovation, making sure every detail was well thought out, every error was corrected and every maneuver was monitored. We’re excited to unmask and reveal our creation, from our colour choices, to our bathroom designs, to our custom kitchen selection. We’ve spent countless hours ensuring everything coordinated and complimented one another, from selecting a kitchen faucet to bathroom accessories. I’m excited to stop having nightly dreams about Millbrook, but we’re all the more excited to move onto our new chapter in life: upgrading and settling into our waterfront property, taking long walks on the beach, saving some cash and most of all, planning our wedding!
As the sale of our home approaches, we’ve got a lot on our minds: how much we’ve spent, how much we’ll sell for and how quickly it will sell. November-December are usually not the ideal months to sell real estate, but with the new mortgage regulations that have been implemented recently, the dreaded “stress test” now inclusive of properties selling over 1 million dollars effective January 2018, we’re hopeful that buyers will try to purchase their homes before the new year.
We’ve spent a lot on this renovation. It’s common for contractors to “cheap out” to make a quick buck, but we wanted to ensure that we put in the best of the best on the selections we were able to choose. We didn’t want to purchase something that we wouldn’t use ourselves (and let me tell you, I’m a tad high maintenance and have expensive taste!) In the grand scheme of things, when you’re spending over a million dollars on a home, an extra 50k to upgrade your finishes isn’t all that much. We want people to be satisfied with the product they’re investing in.
And likewise, it’s been our decision to use our surplus to help others in need. While we hope our dream home will also be someone else’s dream home, some people don’t have a home at all. That’s why we’ve decided to tithe over 30% of our profit to buy and build homes for those in third-world countries who don’t have a place to lay their heads at night. That’s 4 or more homes to those who aren’t as fortunate as we are. It’s great that we may make a few extra bucks, but what makes it all the more worthwhile is that someone else’s livelihood has benefited from it as well.
I truly believe that God has blessed us to the extent that He has because of our willingness to give. The Bible talks explicitly about tithing and the blessings that come alongside being obedient to Him:
“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. 11 I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not drop their fruit before it is ripe,” says the Lord Almighty.”
We’ve seen this promise fulfilled in our own lives. Giving has been a gift in and of itself. There is nothing that brings me more joy than helping others through the blessings God has bestowed us with. Sometimes, from the outside looking in, people may think life comes easier this way. But nothing good comes easy. In fact, it comes with many more challenges than I’m sometimes able to handle. It comes with sacrifices. It comes with hardships. It comes with ample responsibility. But it also comes with an unearthly trust in God and our wellbeing. I have never given out of obligation. In fact, I rarely pay attention to the blessing associated with my tithing. What I do know is that God says that it is a good thing. And that for those of you who struggle in giving, whether little or plenty, that God tells you to “test him and see.”
This house has been dedicated to God and our intentions are to honour Him and use it to His glory until it is no longer ours (and hopefully even after). We’ve made it our mission to do business with a purpose – to give back from what we were given, whether it be to the new home owners or individuals who we’ve never met across the world.
We encourage you to also trust God, test God and see how He’ll take care of you when you entrust all that is yours to Him. And we encourage you to give back and help others every opportunity you get – we can all make a difference if we so choose to and we hope we’ve been an inspiration to encourage you to do the same.