Is it a Lawn cemetery (NO Surrounds) or a Kerbed Cemetery
Is there a height restriction
Is there a Cemetery Permit fee / Foundation Fee
Yes. On order, when an inscription is given, a mock proof will be produced showing how the lettering will look on your chosen headstone. You can choose from a wide range of font styles and scenes to personalise your headstone. Advice will also be given on lettering colour etc that will suit best e.g. Black, White, Gold, Silver.
This is visible in memorials that have already been erected in your local cemetery. Always compare different monumental sculptors by their own craftsmanship and finish.
Reasonable & Competitive Pricing
Many monumental sculptors charge similar prices for monuments of a much poorer quality. Shop around and always ask questions about the monument you are buying making sure you are getting the best deal with no hidden extras. Reputable companies will price your headstone with all costs, not add extra for your inscription or kerbing after you have ordered.
A Qualified Stonecutter
Any good monumental company employs fully qualified stonecutters. In recent times companies have begun buying in already cut memorials and simply lettering the headstone. The Majority of these companies will demand money up front to cover this cost and will only be able to do the basic work of a stone cutter.
Only buy a headstone from a fully insured monumental company with a premises. Never buy a headstone from anyone in a cemetery or with only a mobile phone number. You want peace of mind if anything is wrong with your memorial or you require further inscriptions that is why you should buy a headstone only from a monumental company who specialise in headstones (not from a gravedigger or a someone that you meet in a cemetery)
Inscriptions on memorials should be laid out flawlessly and should be easily legible. This is a factor that is over looked by many unqualified monumental companies and others. Fonts and sizing is as important as the colour or shape of the stone itself. Any decent monumental company should provide you with several layouts of what your headstone should look like so you know what to expect.
Always ask a monumental sculptor what kind of gold do they use on their headstones? Almost all good monumental companies use 23 1/2 Gold leaf and not gold paint. Gold leaf is pressed and gilded into the carving of the stone. It looks the best and lasts longer than any other. Gold paint which is very cheap fades and resembles a faint mustard yellow.
Never give a deposit unless the Monumental Sculptor is a well established company. No monumental company should ask you to pay for your headstone
in full upon ordering. Most monumental stone should be stocked and carved to your specification and ready to be erected before full payment is required.
Buyer Tip- Always remember the cheapest price doesn't always mean the best deal. Compare like with like!