FAQ

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!

  1. Go to the Home Screen.
  2. Click the green “Sell Property” button.
  3. Register on the left side of the screen.  This entails entering a username and password, as well as your email address.  Click the green “Next” button.
  4. Create an ad, load an image (if applicable) and select an Ad Package.  Click the green “Continue” button.

That’s it.  It’s really that easy.  4 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 $9.95 per month and include space for up to three color photos at no charge.  There is no contract associated with any listing and you can cancel at anytime.  See Terms of Use.


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 this be stated in the ad, but if it is not clearly stated, the buyer should inquire in advance of purchase.


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 for your ad, 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.  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 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 plots 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 or plot is located close to a famous actor, musician, politician or other well-known public figure, that could drive the value up considerably.  We recommend you contact the cemetery and ask what they would sell it for today.  99.9% of cemetery property out there is not located next to someone famous.  In normal cases, we recommend setting the sale price at no greater than 75% of the normal cemetery sale price.  Most sellers will list their plots for sale at around 50% of the cemetery’s typical asking price, or less.  A few more motivated sellers will offer to sell their graves, crypts or niches at what they originally paid for them, which can be much lower than today’s value.

We recommend listing your property at around the 50% mark.  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) 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.


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.


Q: I’ve found 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.


Q: Do veterans and their spouses both receive a free burial from the VA?

A: Absolutely!  As long as you or your spouse have been honorable or medically discharged from the U.S. military, you are BOTH eligible for free burial in a national cemetery, regardless of whether or not the veteran served during a time of war.  This free burial includes the plot, opening and closing, grave liner, bronze or granite government headstone, burial flag and Presidential Memorial Certificate.  Free burial or cremation niche placement is also available for those choosing cremation.  For more information regarding veteran burial benefits, visit http://www.cem.va.gov/burial_benefits/.


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.