Few people are aware that headstones and memorial plaques can be purchased from a variety of sources. 

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Funeral companies, cemetries and stone masons make good use of the advantage of their involvement in the funeral process to sell memorials to their clients. However, they seldom make purchasers aware that these products are also available from monument retailers who offer a far wider range and, very often, a higher quality alternative.

These monument retailers have reputable online design services allowing customers access to the widest range of choices.

The final cost of a headstone will be dependent upon the size, material used, lettering, artwork, inlays, customisation and accessories included – such as flower pots or memorial lights.

Headstone Purchasing Tips

  1. The first step is to check the cemetry regulations on the size and type of headstone they allow. Some cemetries restrict the materials permitted for example to granite or bronze.
  2. Find out if the cemetry has a preferred installer. A recommended installer should hold the correct insurances and the installation should comply with the cemetry’s regulations or Australian Standards, thus ensuring longevity of the installation.
  3. Monument retailers will check both the cemetry regulations and the recommended installer for you.
  4. Material choices can be limited if purchasing through a cemetry stone mason or the cemetry itself. Granite headstones are favored by most purchasers over marble due to its durability, ease of maintenance and ability to be laser-engraved.
  5. Check the source of the granite used. Online laser-engraved headstone manufacturers use only the highest quality, blackest granite because of the requirements of the laser. Stone masons and many cemetries often use a sub-standard granite.
  6. Compare prices. Headstone purchasing can be expensive. Online manufacturers offer an automatic price calulation with no hidden extra costs and many will ship for free. Purchases should be made through secure sites only. These can be identified by looking for the ‘lock’ symbol prior to purchase and by only using sites with reliable payment methods such as B-Pay and Direct Funds Transfer. The lock symbol can be located at the bottom of this page.
  7. When buying a memorial online your design is computer- rendered for you. You can change and adapt it many times until all loved ones are happy before you finalise the design. A delivery timeframe will also be given.

How Much Does a Headstones Cost ?

  1. The final cost of a headstone will be dependent upon the size, material used, lettering, artwork, inlays, customisation and accessories included – such as flower pots or memorial lights.
  2. Be aware of additional costs such as cemetry fees, delivery costs and installation. Delivery fees are often included in the price of memorials purchased from online retailers.

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