There is a common misconception that you must buy your grave marker through your funeral home or cemetery. While these are very good options, many people find that shopping online is a great alternative. Not only can you shop at your leisure, you will find excellent variety and a full range of products. In fact, many of the companies offering grave markers for sale online are the same established monument companies that your funeral home uses. Of course, you want to take all the precautions you normally would when shopping online, but with a little homework you can select the perfect memorial and save some money at the same time.
- CHECK YOUR CEMETERY’S REQUIREMENTS
The key factor that makes buying a grave marker different from other purchases is that your memorial must comply with the regulations of the cemetery you will be using. Most reputable online sellers will verify the cemetery requirements before they process your order. It is always a good idea to check first to make sure that your marker meets any special requirements your state or region may have.
- ASK AROUND
Talk with friends and family members to see if anyone has worked with an online memorial company. You may be able to get a referral.
- VISIT A SHOWROOM
If you are just starting your search and you’re not sure what you want, stop into a memorial company showroom to see some of your options in person. You can often find showrooms located close to cemeteries.
- LOOK FOR A CUSTOMER SERVICE NUMBER AND CONTACT INFORMATION
- CHECK FOR HIDDEN COSTS
Before you complete your purchase make sure you are clear on all the costs associated with the purchase. Is there a delivery or set up fee? What about taxes? If you have any questions call the company before you process your payment.
- CHECK FOR BBB COMPLAINTS
Check with the Better Business Bureau to see if the company you are considering has complaints lodged against them. You should also search for reviews of the company. While this is not foolproof, it can alert you to potential problems.
Buying a grave marker does not have to be an unpleasant experience. With a little homework you can select the perfect memorial and never leave the comfort of your own home.