Many standard headstones range in price from between $1000 – $1500. There are many factors that can affect the price. Here are 6 main factors to consider when purchasing a headstone.
Size: The larger the size, the higher the price. The price can go even higher if the size chosen is a custom size that falls out of the standard size options.
Shape: A standard rectangle or a square shape flat marker flushed to the ground is the most economical. The bevel, slant or upright monument headstones costs more. Choosing a unique shape with curves and special cuts will also increase the cost.
Design: There are endless techniques used to design headstones. Some require special skills like engraving photos and detailed designs. The price increases depending on the fonts and the number of letters used for engraving.
Material: Granite and marble are the two most commonly used stones, however granite is known for its durability, affordability, ease of engraving and available in a variety of colors. Marble is more expensive and tends to weather easily which also increases the cost of maintenance. Despite the higher price, some people still opt for marble.
Installation: It is best to have a professional install the headstone as it requires expertise to lift its weight without breaking and place it such that it sits correctly for the long term. Some may also require a concrete foundation which a professional would be able to determine. Some cemeteries offer installation at an additional cost or only allow licensed installers to do the work. You can save on this cost if buying from a monument company that offers free installation.
Accessories: The most commonly accessories available to enhance a headstone is adding flowers, vases, statues or ceramic porcelain photos. These certainly add beauty to the headstone but come with an additional price.
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