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Should You Move or Remodel? That is the question...
April 28, 2021 Russ Busa

If you want to change your home, your other option besides remodeling is to find a new one. But more and more American families are deciding to stay put and improve their existing home. According to the National Association of Homebuilders, here are some of the reasons...

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A Tribute to My Father
January 1, 2017 Russ Busa

"The words that a father speaks to his children in the privacy of home are not heard by the world, but, as in whispering-galleries, they are clearly heard at the end and by posterity." — Jean Paul Richter

The New Year is a time for reflection and for inspiration for the year ahead. I’m beginning 2017 by reflecting on a man who inspired me and this company beyond what words can express. I would like to dedicate this post to my father and mentor, Frank Busa, who passed away in December at 85.  

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Another satisfied customer!
March 29, 2016 Russ Busa

At Sterling Homes, we take pride in the quality of our homes and our collaboration with our clients. Part of our process is to solicit feedback from clients throughout the build, and once the job is complete. We recently completed a home in Lexington, MA and thought we would share some of the highlights from the customer feedback. Also, check back this summer for photos of this gorgeous new home!

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Winter home maintenance tips
January 28, 2016 Russ Busa

Preparing your home for winter is an important annual ritual for homeowners. For instance, did you know that adding insulation in your attic before winter arrives can help prevent ice dams this winter? And do not forget that tuning up your heating system now can help prevent more costly emergency repairs at the height of a storm, when it can be difficult to find supplies and licensed contractors. The following winter maintenance tips can help you prepare your home to withstand another cold season.

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Are Modular Homes Built as well as Site-Built Homes?
April 6, 2015 Russ Busa

There is a saying in the industry that modular homes are “built better because they have to be.” The simple reasoning behind this phrase is the transportation and set. Modular homes are actually overbuilt due to the transportation of these boxes (sometimes traveling for hundreds of miles) and the set of the crane (being lifted 40’ in the air).

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Spring Maintenance Checklist
March 15, 2015 Russ Busa

Too many homeowners think that spring maintenance is all about “Spring Cleaning”. While cleaning comprises some of your spring maintenance, projects aimed at various structures, appliances, and systems within your home are just as important. Though you may love to see spotless windows for that first sunny, 60-degree day, you can't forget your roof and the possibility that ice dams formed over the winter. Follow this spring maintenance checklist to ensure your home is in optimal condition for the rest of the year.

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Sterling Homes Featured on NECN Money Saving Mondays
September 29, 2014 Russ Busa

When NECN's Money Saving Mondays was looking for a home improvement expert, they contacted our very own Russell Busa. Russ was interviewed on cost effective home renovations that can help improve the value of your home. The piece features the whole house renovation we did in Marblehead, MA.

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New Homes are Less Expensive to Maintain: NAHB Report
April 10, 2013 Russ Busa

April is new homes month. And one of the virtues of a newly constructed home is the savings that come from reduced energy and maintenance expenses.

Data from the 2009 American Housing Survey (AHS) offer proof. The AHS classifies new construction as homes no more than four years old.

For example, for routine maintenance expenses, 26% of all homeowners spent $100 or more a month on various upkeep costs. However, only 11%  of owners of newly constructed homes spent this amount. In fact, 73% of new homeowners spent less than $25 a month on routine maintenance costs.

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How to Winterize Your Home
October 24, 2012 Russ Busa

We thought we'd share this great article from this week's Boston Globe Magazine - enjoy!

How to winterize your home: A procrastinator’s manual with 8 tips. These measures — some finished in only a few minutes--will lower your heating bills and help prevent property damage. By Elizabeth Gehrman

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4 Steps to Prepare Your Garden for Winter
September 15, 2012 Russ Busa

If there’s one more thing left on a gardener’s summer to-do list after Labor Day, it’s to prepare your garden for winter and the onset of cooler temperatures. The best way to ensure a fruitful garden in the spring is to take the proper steps now to winterize your garden and make sure it can withstand the upcoming weather.

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