5 Questions to Ask a Contractor when Choosing a Headstone

Guardian Angel Headstone_1Life is not always easy and sometimes you have to face with different problems. When someone close passes away, there are a million things that you have to consider. We won’t be talking about all those delicate things that take place inside the family, but we will be talking about the things that everyone would see when the burial will take place.

There is always a priest or someone official who will lead the commemorative service, there is some food and some drinks involved, but there is also the place where the person will be buried.

Leaning_Angel_with_Single_Heart_Monument_in_Black-FrontFrom long before our times, the place where the person is buried had a headstone, a monument or a grave marker. In the past, it was to simply mark the grave, but for some time now, the reason has changed. Those who are alive will always commemorate those who have passed away, by adding a monument or a significant grave marker at the burial place.

Here are some questions that you need to remember to ask the contractor who will make the grave marker.


Time is always of the essence when people are dealing with this kind of situation. This is why you need to ask the contractor when he will deliver the headstone. Usually, this kind of item is needed as soon as possible, in one or two days. A good contractor will be ready with what you want at the exact time when you need it.


mk54_gray_granite_companion_slant_monument_LARGEA simple design is represented by a headstone, which is usually a granite block with a picture and some writing on it. It will contain the name, the date of birth, the date of death and maybe some few words about that person. This should be ready to deliver from one day to another.

However, if you plan to install something different, make sure your contractor has in store exactly what you need. A special angel may be hard to carve, and it can also take some time.


Many contractors who work in this domain have experience regarding what clients want. This can be easily verified with asking about their portfolio and their experience – how long they have been on the market, how many employees they have and other similar questions.

mk151_hand_etched_hand_painted_headstoneIt may seem like an irrelevant question, but the truth is that the experience of the contractor will reflect in what you get. If he is experienced enough, the headstone that you want will look exactly as you want it. However, if he is not experienced, you might have to ask for another monument or another grave marker.


You won’t have available too much time, but contact at least a few contractors and ask them to give you an estimation for the grave marker that you want. This way, you will be able to make a comparison in prices and materials. Those will be different from contractor to contractor, so you will be able to choose the one that fits you most – depending on your budget or on your needs.


This is a must when you are thinking about grave markers. You might wonder why – well, the answer is simple. If you install a grave marker that will break in a few months, then the quality of the stone or the quality of the job would have been extremely lower. This is why you need to ask for warranty, so that you won’t have to pay twice for the same item from two different contractors.

A headstone, a monument or a grave marker is not something that you will change every day. That is the sign of passing through life for posterity, so it needs to be resistant and strong.