What to Look for When Buying a Cemetery Plot

What happens when you buy a grave plot? When you’re preplanning your funeral expenses and details, finding a cemetery plot for yourself (and close family members) is one of the main goals to check off your list. Unless you’ve bought cemetery plots before, however, this process might be a bit confusing.

Here’s what you need to know before you buy a cemetery plot.

Be clear about what you want

You’ve probably given some thought to what you want to happen to your remains after death. It might seem morbid, but this is actually a good thing. The more you can plan for the inevitable, the less your loved ones will have to handle in their time of grief.

If you know that you want to be buried in a cemetery, think about what kind of cemeteries and cemetery plots you find particularly peaceful. Perhaps you’d like to be buried underneath a shady tree or somewhere with a beautiful view. If you want to be buried next to a spouse or family member, keep that in mind, too—you’ll probably need to buy multiple plots at the same time in order to guarantee they’ll still be available.

Know what to ask

When you’re touring cemeteries, here are a few questions to ask. The answers to these questions will tell you everything you need to know before you buy a cemetery plot:

    Cost: First and foremost, you need to know how much the cemetery plot will cost. If you purchase multiple plots at the same time, you may receive a discount; however, the overall cost often has the most bearing on whether a plot is affordable.
  • Options: Next inquire about the options available. Single, double and double-depth burial plots are often available at cemeteries. This will help you decide whether you want to buy plots for your spouse and other family members at the same time.
  • Additional fees: Don’t forget to find out whether additional fees will be levied on top of the cost of the plot. Opening and closing the grave, vaults, liners and marker installation can increase the overall cost of your cemetery plot.
  • Rules and restrictions: Next ask what kind of rules and restrictions the cemetery has. For example, they may restrict what kind of caskets and gravestones can be used, or they may have rules about who is responsible for damage to the plot or marker.
  • Perpetual care: Be sure to find out whether there are maintenance fees for the graves and how often they’re incurred.
  • Plot resale: Finally, ask prospective cemeteries whether you can resell a plot after you buy it. People relocate, and relationships change, which can affect where and with whom you’d like to be buried.

Now that you know what you should ask before buying a cemetery plot, let the staff at Evergreen Funeral Home, Cemetery & Cremations help you find your ideal spot. Call us today to learn more or start making funeral plans for a loved one.