Making Big Choices Regarding Funerals

Buying A Headstone Alone: 3 Important Factors

by Andrea Rhodes

Thanks to technology, buying a custom grave headstone online is a fairly easy process, as there are a number of companies that offer this service. For some people, it might seem like the process of buying something as sacred as a headstone online is a risk. However, it's not the case, as buying online can offer cost savings and a greater variety of options. Learn how to shop for a headstone online. 

1. Local Knowledge

All cemeteries have rules and guidelines concerning the type of headstones that they allow to be installed on their property. These guidelines exist even if the family does not decide to purchase the headstone directly from them. These guidelines can determine everything from the size of the stone to its color and material.

When you look for online options, always look for those companies that have knowledge about the local cemeteries and their guidelines or that will contact the cemetery before finalizing any order. You should also do your due diligence to ensure the headstone you select fits within the guidelines. 

2. Complete Pricing

The pricing structure between online headstones and those purchased directly from a cemetery is sometimes different. For example, if you purchase a stone from a cemetery, the price you're quoted typically includes the cost of delivery and installation. However, when you shop online, the price might be for the headstone and delivery, but not the installation or other services.

Often, if the cemetery recommended the online company for the purchase of the stone, it's more common for the installation to also be included in the costs. However, to make sure you don't run into any surprises and so that you can better budget, ask questions upfront. 

3. Proof Policy

Always research the proof policy of the online headstone company. Companies will typically have one or two options: proof or no proof. With a proof, the company will not produce the headstone until you approve the mockup of the headstone, so the longer it takes you to approve the proof, the longer for production.

Companies that don't provide proofs require that you thoroughly review your order before you submit it, as the headstone is created based on the information provided in the initial order request. 

It's very important that you take your time and research before you make your decision. If you are purchasing the headstone to honor a loved one, you want to make sure you make the right selection. For more information, contact a company like An Thiel Monuments today.