Although buying a cemetery plot can be quite costly, it is not the end of your expenses. Depending on the type of service, cemetery, location, and other factors, you may expect to pay several thousand dollars on top of purchasing a burial plot.

To help you understand all the costs, we’ll go over each one and the factors that impact the final price. Read on to learn all about it so that you can budget accordingly.

Additional Funeral Costs

People often think buying a cemetery plot is the end of their funeral costs, but it is far from it. There are many things not included in the price of the burial plot, so let’s go over the most important ones.

Headstone Crafting and Installation

If you decide to put a headstone on your burial site, you can expect to pay an additional $1000. Of course, this is just a ballpark number, and the actual price depends on factors like size, design, and the material you want. 

You’ll have to pay extra for additional decorations and structures, which can end up in several thousands of dollars.

In addition, you’ll have to pay a headstone installation fee for the placement at the gravesite. The cost depends on the size, material, and accessibility of the burial plot.

Burial and Administration Costs

Each cemetery sets the price of internment services. That may include opening the grave, placing a casket or an urn inside, closing the grave, replacing the grass, and creating all the legal records of the burial. 

Since this cost depends on the cemetery, you can expect to pay more for private cemeteries, while the public ones are more budget-friendly.

Burial Permit

Depending on your geographic location, your city, county, or state may require a special permit to dispose of a body by burial or cremation. If that’s the case, you’ll have to pay a small fee to obtain the document.

Maintenance

Depending on the type and the size of the cemetery, you’ll have to pay a maintenance fee to keep the gravesites and cemetery grounds in good condition.

How to Lower the Funeral Costs?

The best way to lower the funeral expenses is to hire a cemetery broker like Secure Your Legacy. We operate in Missouri City and Sugar Land, TX, to help people get budget-friendly burial plots and funeral services. Click here to get in touch.