to Headstone Prices
Most people do not think about headstone prices until the need arises. After
the loss of a loved one it's really hard to focus on getting the "best deal". Knowing a few basics can go a
long way to giving you piece of mind. This short article won't give you exact prices, but it will give you the factors
that determine the price of a headstone. See also our Headstone Sales article.
For information read this
article: Headstone Prices for Local Dealer and Internet Companies.
The main things that may influence
the price of your headstone are:
There are many different types of headstones.
For the purposes of this article we will look at four of them - grass markers, bevel Markers, slant Markers, and monuments.
The following are listed in order of increasing price:
- Bevel markers
you would expect to pay less for a grass marker than a monument - all other things being equal.
The large majority of headstones are either
granite or bronze. Everything else being equal you would expect to pay more for a bronze headstone.
Headstone design can be either standard or custom.
A standard design would be a stock design. Many stones with standard designs are sold, so they are less expensive. Little
or no change is allowed accept the name and dates of your love one. On the other hand, custom design is made to order. The
cost will vary depending on how complex or extensive the design is. In other words you can do almost anything you want with
a custom design (depending on the size of the stone) if you are willing to pay extra.
This one's easy... as the size of the stone
increases so does the price.
Headstone prices can vary depending on how far the stone has to be shipped. One good reason to buy a headstone locally
as opposed to over the Internet is because of the shipping cost. If two headstones are exactly the same, the one that has
to get shipped the farthest is the one that will cost more. Also, some types of granite must be imported. These are usually
types of granite that have a particular color. The cost of importing is another type of shipping cost you should be aware
of. Even if it is not specified on your invoice you are still paying for it in the price of the stone.
When pricing a headstone remember that cemetery regulations play an important role. Finding
out what the regulations are from the beginning will save you a lot of wasted time. If you need help with the details of headstone
prices contact your local headstone services company. If you live in the tri-state area (PA, NJ DE) you may contact us.
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