I spent the morning with my parents at the cemetery sorting out our future grave sites.
It’s gruesome to say the least.
What struck me was how much cemetery plots are actually worth. Talk about real estate values. Seems their values are going up, not down.
My parents and I sorted through plots from two family branches, the Turneys and the Williams, and our personal grave sites are worth a whopping $30,000. (We won’t even be in the most prestigious cemetery in town either, as if that really matters)
After it was all over, my future grave will be beside my grandfather’s first wife, a woman named Myrtle who died in childbirth on Janurary 16, 1919.
Relatives are sprinkled about(maybe I shouldn’t use that term) and that’s kind of what’s left. I’m not picky. It’s free for me, with no taxation, we were reassured.
My grandfather had had the foresight to buy the plots when he buried his first wife in 1919, and I’m so glad he did. Even he couldn’t have known the cemetery would be charging a $1200 grave opening fee per grave. That’s if we lock in that price now. It’s going up, according to the salesman.
Yep, we went ahead and paid it. $3600 on Mastercharge for the three of us. My brother and his wife will have to figure out what to do for themselves, since they are on vacation in Buenos Aries this week. We saved two graves for them, just in case. But I have to admit it was a temptation to sell them.
Here’s my point.
We don’t think about cemetery plots as being good real estate, but they are.
If you have them, keep them.
If you don’t have them, go ahead and buy them now. Your children and grandchildren may be mighty grateful 50 or 100 years from now.
Keep all your documentation. The cemetery honored our documentation, which we had kept over the years, even though we did not have the deeds. With a little paperwork, we had the deeds.
Take a look at the grave sites. Make sure they are where they are supposed to be.
Some people may think it’s strange that I’m blogging about this on a real estate site but real estate is after all, real estate. Plan for your last piece of real estate now and get your grave sites in order.