Sometimes people purchase burial plots as a couple or as a family years before they are ever needed. They do this for various reasons – to give their family one less decision that has to be made, to rest easier in eternity by having their loved ones next to them or just to get a good deal on the real estate.
As time goes by, it is natural to change your mind on this and decide all-together. I have had this happen with a couple of different clients. They bought burial plots and then changed their minds to favor cremation instead of burial. This is becoming more of a mainstream idea since traditional burials are not a “green, good for the environment” practice. So what can you do with a burial plot when you are not going to need it? Can you sell it? The answer is yes in most cases. I became curious about his concept so I did a little research. There are websites built just for this purpose. I was shocked to see how many websites are the “Craigslist” of burial plots. Here are a few that I found:
- Grave Solutions
- The Plot Exchange
- The Final Arrangements Network
- Buy and Sell Cemetery Plots
- Ebay – there were 274 sellers on there looking to sell their burial plots.
These are just a few of the sites I found dealing with the sale and purchase of burial plots and there are an endless stream of these around. I did a little testing to see what burial plots go for. First, from my small home town in NM. There was one for $49. I went to New Orleans, LA and found some over $100,000. California boasted a few pricey ones also with a lot of them averaging $8000 or so. As for Austin, TX? I found them anywhere from a $1000 to $9000 for a double occupancy grave. I found this little cottage industry fascinating! I had no idea there were so many businesses that help you “list” and “locate” your burial plots!
One of the better resources I stumbled across is the website: Funeral Planning 101 This is an interesting site with lots of information and of course some “built in advertising.” None-the-less, it’s a pretty easy to read site of information.
Since most people find this subject hard to discuss and may find themselves holding a valuable piece of property, I thought this would be worth exploring – if only for exposing the issue.