Losing a loved one is a difficult time for anyone, and choosing a headstone or monument to commemorate their memory is a significant decision that requires careful consideration. In recent years, the internet has become a popular resource for purchasing headstones, but buying a headstone online comes with significant risks that could impact the quality, durability, and overall value of the monument.
Here are some reasons why purchasing a headstone off the internet may not be the best option:
Quality and Durability
One of the significant risks associated with purchasing a headstone online is that the quality and durability of the monument may be subpar. Headstones are intended to withstand the test of time, and it's essential to ensure that the materials and craftsmanship used in their creation are of the highest quality. Unfortunately, when purchasing from an online retailer, it can be challenging to know the exact quality of the materials used in the creation of the monument. This can result in a headstone that is less durable, less resistant to wear and tear, and less able to stand the test of time. The depth of engraving is typically incredibly minimal which also allows the paint to easily chip out. When this happens, the headstone becomes almost impossible to read which negates it's purpose to forever mark your loved ones resting place.
2. Lack of Personalized Service
When purchasing a headstone, it's essential to have personalized service that can help guide you through the process and ensure that the final product is a fitting tribute to your loved one. A reputable local monument maker can offer personalized service, providing advice and guidance throughout the entire process, as well as working directly with the cemetery on your behalf to ensure that the headstone meets their size, style, and size requirements. Personalized service ensures that the headstone you help select and design is the perfect representation of your loved one's memory, rather than a generic mass-produced option.
3. Potential for Fraud
Unfortunately, the internet is also a breeding ground for fraudsters who are eager to take advantage of unsuspecting individuals. This is particularly true in the case of purchasing headstones online, where there is a higher risk of fraud than purchasing from a reputable local monument maker. Scammers can create fake websites or take payments for headstones that never arrive, resulting in a significant financial loss for the grieving family.
4. Limited Warranty and Maintenance
A reputable local monument maker will typically offer a warranty for their headstones, ensuring that they are not only made well, but that they are also set correctly in the cemetery. This can include cleaning, repairs, and re-leveling the monument as needed. When purchasing a headstone online, you may not have access to these services, which can result in the monument deteriorating over time, leading to significant costs for the family in the long run. In conclusion, purchasing a headstone off the internet may seem like a quick and easy solution, but it comes with significant risks. A reputable local monument maker can provide personalized service, higher quality materials, and the peace of mind that comes with a warranty. When selecting a headstone to honor your loved one's memory, it's always best to consult with a trusted and experienced professional in your area.
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