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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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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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A Homeowner's Work is Never Done: Fall Maintenance Checklist
September 4, 2012 Russ Busa

With cooler temperatures, homeowners start to think about their home fall maintenance checklist. The season is a transition between summer and winter, and a few maintenance projects prepare your home for the upcoming months. From winterizing your pool to trimming dead tree branches, make time to protect your home.

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Kitchen Functionality Questionnaire
July 2, 2012 Russ Busa

When it comes to your kitchen, what type of "user" are you? Are you an aspiring chef or a take-out queen? Do you have young children in your house? What about pets? What tasks do you use your kitchen for besides cooking (i.e. homework, bill paying, internet surfing, etc.)? Answering these questions will help inform your kitchen design. Use this functionality questionnaire to help you define your needs.

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Keep Dad in Mind When Searching for Your New Home
June 5, 2012 Russ Busa

As Father's Day approaches, we wanted to be sure to remember dear old Dad. We talk an awful lot about the great kitchens, terrific school systems and family-friendly amenities that are important when selecting a new home, but when you’re searching for new custom built homes in the Greater Boston area, remember to keep Dad in mind, too.

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5 Popular Home Designs for 2012
May 15, 2012 Russ Busa

As the economy continues to recover, one place that people seem comfortable spending is on their homes — after all, money you put into home improvement is essentially an investment rather than an expense. This year we’ve seen a few new trends in home design.

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