Shopping around for a burial plot isn’t something that happens every day, but it is a necessity if you plan to be buried. You may be surprised at how much a 2.5’ x 8’ piece of earth costs. A plot in a public cemetery is typically priced between $200 and $2,000 with the average somewhere in the middle. Of course, the price can go much higher than that depending on a number of factors.
In a country as big as the United States, it’s easy to forget land is a limited resource. For that reason the cost of burial plots will only go up. If you are thinking about purchasing a burial plot, think in terms of supply and demand just like any other real estate transaction. That will help you determine a fair price for the land you’re buying.
It’s a Final Resting Place
When a purchase is long-term it’s typically more expensive. Being that a burial plot is a final resting place for the foreseeable future, that is going to be a factor in the cost. It’s also why you want to put a lot of thought into where your final resting place is located.
It’s Got Sentimental Value
Unfortunately, cemeteries know that burial plots hold extremely high sentimental value for the people that purchase them, whether it’s for themselves or a loved one. And sentimental value increases the cash value of a burial plot.
Factors That Influence the Cost of a Burial Plot
The final cost of a burial plot is going to vary from one cemetery to the next. That said, there are some predictable factors that are going to influence the cost of every burial plot.
In general, the more scarce land is in an area the more expensive a burial plot will be.
Every cemetery charges their own rates. Also, keep in mind the cost of the plot could include extras like grounds maintenance. Typically, if a cemetery is very popular and space is limited, burial plots are going to cost more than average.
Placement of the Plot in the Cemetery
Location matters in the cemetery as well. Some areas may be more expensive than others due to things like view, ease of getting to the plot, etc. If the cemetery is a hybrid cemetery that offers green burial, those plots will likely be sold at a premium.
Size of the Burial Plot
Do you want a single plot, or enough space for a spouse to be laid to rest by your side? The size of the burial plot is going to have a direct impact on the cost. The average burial plot is 2.5’ wide by 8’ long. However, if you want to buy numerous burial plots side-by-side all at once you may be able to get a better price per plot overall.
If you are finding that you want to explore your options beyond burial or would like more information on burying cremated remains, please contact our knowledgeable team. We’re available to answer your questions by phone, text or email 24 hours a day.