How Much Does a Burial Vault Cost?
A burial vault is receptacle that will protect the casket from elements such as the weight of the earth, moisture, as well as pressure that is put on the grave site from things such as lawn mowers, foot traffic, and more. Without a burial vault, the grave site can potentially collapse, causing it to sink. Once the body is placed within the coffin, it will then be placed into the vault and will be buried soon after. The cost of a vault is going to vary depending on the brand, the type and where you purchase it from.
How much is it?
- On average, vaults can cost anywhere from $500 to as much as $15,000 for a higher end vault made of special materials. Most purchases are going to be within the $500 to $2,100 price tag range.
- A basic vault made from plastic will be within the $500 to $2,500 price range, while a concrete enforced vault can cost anywhere from $2,300 to $4,300.
- Higher end vaults that are made from bronze or a heavy strength concrete base can cost anywhere from $8,000 to $15,000.
- For example, the Hill Funeral Home sells the Wilbert Bronze vault for $9,000. Their Stainless Steel version retails for $2,300 to $3,000.
- According to the website FuneralPlanning101.com a burial vault can range anywhere from $200 to as much as $10,000. Most of the time, they state that a liner should be no more than $400.
What are the extra costs?
- Customized caskets may require a specialized vault. Those that want a customized burial vault should expect to pay more.
- Cemeteries may charge an additional labor fee to install a vault on addition to burying a coffin.
What is going to be included?
- When the grave site is dug, a vault will be placed in the ground. Once the vault is placed within the grave site, the coffin will be lowered into the vault. Once the coffin is within the vault, it will be sealed from future tampering. Upon closing, the grave site will be covered with dirt.
- The vault is going to prevent the coffin from decaying, as well as protect the soil around it. Some state laws will require that a vault is placed within the ground. It is best to check with your local state laws or even a funeral home to get more information.
- A burial vault is going to encase the entire casket and make it stronger than a grave liner. Because of this, most are going to come with some sort of warranty.
How can I save money?
- Shop around for various vaults. If you are going to shop with a local funeral home, be sure to ask for a written list of prices that they offer. By federal law, this is going to be required.
- Although buying a vault through a funeral home may be more convenient, shopping for a vault on the internet may result in lower prices.
- Many funeral homes will claim that these burial containers will protect your loved ones and if they do, be sure to note that they are more than likely not being honest.