I Received My Monument – Now What?!
by Nick Kurz
With the growing number of online shoppers, there has been an increase in the number of people purchasing granite headstones online. Sounds good, right? Browsing the web in search of that perfect cemetery marker without the hassle of going to a funeral home or monument company. There is only one problem…
Who Installs Headstones for Graves?
When you order a granite monument from someplace outside of Oklahoma, Texas, or New Mexico, who is going to install it? We have had many calls from families that didn’t realize how difficult it is to find someone to install a monument.
Why Do Most Monument Makers Not Provide Installation?
Typically, monument companies will try and steer away from setting monuments produced by other monument companies in order to protect their reputation and avoid the unnecessary risk of responsibility. Even though Gifford Monument sells headstones online to accommodate many of our customers, we always promote the use of local monument companies.
Options for DIY Monument Installation
The smaller 24″ flat markers are easily installed. Marker and monuments more than 4″ thick become too heavy for installation without mechanical assistance. We recently assisted a family that had a huge monument sitting in their garage for three years because they didn’t really understand what they were getting into when purchasing a monument online.
One last thing to consider is cemetery regulations. There have been some monuments purchased online that have never been able to be placed on the intended gravesite due to cemetery regulations and requirements. Purchasing a monument online can be a great experience. However, it can also end up being a hassle and costing a lot more money by the time it is installed if you are not careful.
Which Monument Company Should I Choose To Order Headstones Online?
The fact of the matter is that all monument companies get their granite from the same quarries and can provide the same products at the same prices. The major difference between monument companies is going to be in the level of service provided, the guarantee of quality, and the artistic touches.
Gifford Monument in Ada, Oklahoma, Wylie, Texas, and Alamogordo, New Mexico, prides itself on its commitment to our customers in providing the best customer service during this difficult time. Purchasing and installing a monument can be a cumbersome experience, but it doesn’t have to be. We guide you through every step of the process. Contact us today to learn more about our granite monuments.
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