How Many Burial Plots Can I Buy?

As we grow older, we have to plan for things that many of us don’t like to ponder on a day to day basis. End-of-life accommodations can be among these considerations. But it isn’t all doom and gloom, planning in advance of need can often save you money, time and stress.

This is why you’ll want to consider buying burial plots ahead of time. In this article, you’ll see how many plots you can buy and learn other details you should consider when choosing a burial plot.

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How Many Plots Can You Own?

There’s no law limiting the number of burial plots a person can own, and it often depends on the cemetery management.

Legally, one person can be buried in a single plot. But there are other types that can accommodate more people:

  • Companion plots – can keep two people either side by side (adjacent plots) or on top of one another (double-depth plots)
  • Family plots – can hold multiple family members
  • Mausoleums – above-ground crypts that can hold several people
  • Lawn crypts – also designed for several caskets but situated below ground

As you can see, there are many options to explore, so finding one that suits your needs can sometimes require research to ensure you get exactly what you want.

How Much Do Burial Plots Cost?

The cost of a burial plot can vary significantly costing $25,000+, depending on the location.

It’s worth mentioning that burial plots are considered real estate, so the prices can be subject to change. This is why pre-purchasing a plot can be a good idea to avoid price fluctuations and lock in a price within your budget.

Can You Sell a Burial Plot?

Selling a burial plot is possible, though it can be challenging due to regulatory constraints. Keep  in mind that when you buy a plot, you don’t own the actual land but rather the right to be buried in it. 

To transfer this right, you’ll need to check your state’s regulations and discuss the matter with the cemetery management company. Your cemetery or funeral home can provide additional information regarding regulatory requirements and may provide assistance during the process.

When Is the Best Time to Buy a Plot?

There’s no perfect time to start making funeral arrangements. You may want to think about it as soon as you can if you already know where you would like to be buried. It’s not wrong to leave this matter for the later stages of your life, however, but it is always better to be prepared and pre-planning in advance of need has many benefits.

Planning Ahead

Buying a burial plot can sometimes be a difficult process, but having the support of your local cemetery can help to ease any unnecessary stress. There are many considerations to take into account, so plan with support to make sure you are getting what you and your family need.

If you need any help, we are always here to support you. Reach out to us, and Hollywood Forever can help you make all the necessary arrangements.


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