Because most cemeteries have varying rules and fee schedules, the exact same memorial can vary in price from cemetery to cemetery. If one cemetery charges a $200 installation fee, but your cemetery charges only $100, we do not believe you should give us an extra $100 for having that knowledge
The simple answer is, “we don’t know.” You are obviously a smart buyer because you are researching on the internet. Homework is the key, but you have to compare the exact same product. In the memorial industry smaller does not mean less expensive. Unlike many consumer products, memorials are more like peanut butter. There are standard sizes in this industry and making an upright monument two inches shorter can increase its price, not reduce it. Make sure you price the exact same size from dealer to dealer and make sure your quoted price includes all factors or the purchase; stone, lettering, cemetery fees, delivery and taxes. But, there is a reason we have memorials all around the world.
Color of granite, size and cemetery rules. There are hundreds of granite colors and they vary tremendously in price. Colors owned and controlled by a single distributor or family, are generally much more expensive than those colors offered by multiple distributors. For example, Georgia Gray Granite is the most popular granite in the US and we dealers have multiple suppliers to buy granite from. Conversely, Starbright Black Granite is owned by a single supplier and is one of the most expensive granites available. We discussed size and cemetery rules in the previous questions.
Maybe! Most small country cemeteries do not have rules preventing the individual from installing their memorial, but most large cemeteries require an insured professional memorial company do installations or they require their in house staff do them. When a cemetery has fees for installation, that fee can adjust your price tremendously. While shopping, make sure you consider these fees into your overall cost. You may not like the rule or fee, but you agreed to it by having the burial in that particular cemetery.
NO! In all cases, the purchaser of the grave has the final decision on who can or what can be placed on a gravesite. If the buyer does not have written permission from the grave owner or the direct heirs of the grave owner, the buyer is taking a risk of having their investment removed from the cemetery at the grave owner’s discretion
We are always happy to answer any questions you may have. Please feel free to contact us via email or telephone and we will assist you.