Q: Why should I list my cemetery plots for sale on GraveSales.com?
A: Simply put, we are your best option. Listing your burial property for sale is easy, affordable and effective! Plus, we have a sophisticated marketing program to drive traffic to our site and our subscribers’ ads. If you want to sell your plots fast, without paying a small fortune to do so, there is no better place to be. Click here to get started.
Q: How do I create an ad?
A: That’s easy!
- Go to the Home Screen.
- Click the green “Sell Property” button.
- Register to create a profile. This entails entering a username and password, as well as your email address. Click the green “Next” button.
- Create an ad, load an image (if applicable) and select an Ad Package. Click the green “Continue” button.
- Enter your payment information and you’re done.
That’s it. It’s really that easy. 5 quick steps and your cemetery plots are listed for sale online where everyone can see. One important tip is to save your username and password somewhere you will remember, as you will need it to log-in, in case you ever want to change your ad.
Q: How much does it cost to list my cemetery property on this site?
A: All listings are only $19.95 per month and include space for up to three color photos at no extra charge. For those who wish to purchase longer-term ads, a 6-month ad costs the same as 5 months and a 12-month ad costs the same as 9 months. There is no contract associated with any listing and you can cancel at any time.
Q: Do I have to pay a commission when my plots sell?
A: No. There are NO commissions or hidden fees for listing your cemetery property for sale on GraveSales.com. However, there are usually cemetery charges for quit-claiming ownership to another person. Cemeteries often charge between $100-$300 for paperwork and processing for each new certificate issued. The buyer and seller should agree ahead of time on who will pay this fee. We recommend you mention this in the ad, but if it is not clearly stated, the buyer may want to inquire in advance of purchase.
Q: Can I use GraveSales.com to sell my grave plots if I live in Canada?
A: Yes! GraveSales.com Is available for anyone living in the USA or Canada, who wish to buy or sell unwanted grave plots, mausoleum crypts or cremation niches.
Q: I’m having difficulty logging into my account.
A: A very common mistake people make when trying to log-in is that they enter their email address instead of their username. If you are having trouble logging in, make sure you have the correct username and password.
Q: Can I list my cemetery plots ad anonymously?
A: Absolutely! The seller may elect to not include a phone number and thus, remain anonymous. If this is done, all correspondence between the buyer and seller will be done through the site’s anonymous email system. The seller may decide to disclose their phone number to a buyer through email, or modify their ad to include or delete a phone number at their own discretion, at any time.
Q: Can I post a picture in my ad?
A: Yes. This is encouraged but not required. If you do not currently have a color photo of your cemetery property, you can always post the ad now and add a picture at a later date. What’s most important is placing the ad so people can find it and know it is for sale.
Q: How long will it take to sell my graves?
A: GraveSales.com does not offer any guarantee of sale or timeframe in which a sale may occur. However, if the right buyer comes along, it could literally sell the first day. Then again, it could take several months or longer to sell. It all depends on timing. The key is to be patient. Expect it to take several months to sell and if you find a buyer sooner, that will be a nice surprise.
Because the sale price of most cemetery property is so high, it will likely take several months to sell your property. This is why we made it as affordable as possible to list them for sale. If you want the best value, try listing them for 12 months and receive two months for FREE!
Q: How long before my ad is visible to buyers?
A: Immediately, upon payment. At GraveSales.com, you can place your classified ad for burial plots or other cemetery property immediately. No hassle at all. No approval necessary. The completeness and accuracy of each ad is the sole responsibility of the person placing the ad.
Q: How much should I sell my burial property for?
A: The value of your burial plots or other cemetery property can vary greatly depending on which cemetery it is located in, the location within the cemetery and how close it is to a special feature, tree, lake or other area of importance within the garden or section. Also, if the grave plot, crypt or niche is located near a famous actor, musician, politician or other well-known public figure, that could drive the value up considerably. 99.9% of cemetery property out there is not located next to someone famous.
The best way to determine a fair market value for your cemetery property is to contact the cemetery and ask what they would sell it for today. In normal cases, we recommend listing your property somewhere between 50% and 75% of what the current selling price is at the cemetery. Trying to sell your plots at too high of a value, may take much longer to sell them and selling them for much less than 50% is often leaving money on the table. However, every seller is different and has unique circumstances. If you are able to sit on your plots and don’t mind waiting to see if you get a higher price, go right ahead. You just might. Conversely, if you really need the cash, you may want to list them at a more affordable offering price. Either way, we wish you all the best!
Q: I’ve found a buyer…now what?
A: Congratulations! That was the whole point, right? Once you’ve found a buyer for your cemetery spaces, you will need to have the cemetery personnel assist you with the “Transfer of Interment Rights.” Many cemeteries will refer to this as a “Deed Transfer.” They will have a simple form (or forms, depending on which state the cemetery is located in and who is involved in the release of interment rights) to have you sign. If you are not local and are unable to sign in in the presence of a cemetery representative, many cemeteries will require you to have the documents notarized. If this is the case, we recommend that you request these documents in advance. This helps to speed up the process when you do find a buyer. PLEASE ALSO SEE BELOW.
Q: How do I know a buyer or seller is legitimate?
A: The internet is an amazing place where people from across the globe can connect and transact business. At GraveSales.com, we have taken precautions to eliminate or reduce, as much as possible, the opportunity for scammers to scam.
One of the best ways to avoid being contacted by a scammer is to never put your email address or contact information in the body of your ad. All inquiries are sent directly to us, so we can vet them for legitimacy before forwarding them to the seller.
Another great way to avoid scammers is to meet them at the actual cemetery office for the transfer. We understand this is not always possible, due to your physical location, but it is the best way to be sure the person is a real purchaser.
We also recommend all cashier’s checks, money orders, etc. be verified for authenticity by your bank before a transaction is completed. As always, when buying or selling anything online, we advise you to use extreme caution, and please verify funds with your bank.
Remember, while we do our best to vet all inquiries before sending them to the seller, GraveSales.com cannot guarantee the validity of any email or offer. Nor can we guarantee the legitimacy of an ad or the scruples of the seller. Please always use caution when buying or selling anything online!
Q: Can I make changes to my listing?
A: Of course. You can modify your ad at any time, day or night. You can add or remove your phone number or you can change or correct the verbiage in your ad. You can add or change photos. You can even upgrade your ad to a premium listing at any time. Just log-in and go to your dashboard. From your dashboard, you will be able to view your listing details and make changes.
Q: I accidentally marked my plots as “Sold”. How do I change this?
A: Not to worry. Go to the upper right corner of the main page and click the log- in button. Enter your username and password. (Note: your username I probably not your email address.) Once you have logged-in, you can view your dashboard and make any changes you need. If you still cannot figure it out, just contact us and we would be happy to help.
Q: I’ve found grave plots to buy…now what?
A: Congratulations! You have made a great decision to buy from a private party, rather than a cemetery. You will likely save hundreds, if not thousands of dollars by doing so.
IMPORTANT! Before you exchange any money for burial property or other goods/services, be sure to have help from the personnel at the cemetery where you are purchasing the cemetery property for. You will want to be sure the seller actually does own the property. You will also want to be sure the seller has the right to sell the property. In many cases, when cemetery property is being sold by owner, it is because the seller has inherited the property from a relative and there may be others (siblings?) who have a share in the ownership. By asking the cemetery personnel to look into it first, you avoid the risk of purchasing the plots, niche or crypt and then having a nightmare trying to get it transferred. Hopefully, the seller will have done his/her due diligence before posting the ad and will have all their ducks in a row.
Q: I purchased my plots. Now what?
A: Congratulations! You have taken a very important step in protecting your loved ones at the time of your death. Very often, when someone purchases burial property, they believe they have everything taken care of. This is not the case. Often the plots require other items and fees, such as an outer burial container, opening & closing, and headstone. There is also funeral or cremation arrangement to consider. Our recommendation is to speak with a Family Service Counselor at the cemetery to inquire what else you may need to consider while making these very important arrangements.