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Old 01-06-2016, 01:00 PM
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All of this death talk on the cremation thread makes me think of the business idea I came up with to do after I retire. I'm thinking I will create a company that would clean and maintain headstones. People from out of town will know that someone is looking after their loved ones memorial. Typical service would be 4 cleanings per year (every quarter) with power washer. If the stone needs any type of service like a sealer that would be extra. Also if the headstone are leaning or pushed down in the mud, I would fix that and it would be an extra charge.

I'm thinking a contract for $100 - $150/year would include cleaning the headstone and remove any stains, graffiti, etc. There are a lot of churches that have graveyards on their property, I would think the church would want this work performed to keep everything looking good. Our church probably has 1000 or more people buried in their graveyard.

Any suggestions or comments would be appreciated. Does this sound like a viable business?
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All of this death talk on the cremation thread makes me think of the business idea I came up with to do after I retire. I'm thinking I will create a company that would clean and maintain headstones. People from out of town will know that someone is looking after their loved ones memorial. Typical service would be 4 cleanings per year (every quarter) with power washer. If the stone needs any type of service like a sealer that would be extra. Also if the headstone are leaning or pushed down in the mud, I would fix that and it would be an extra charge.

I'm thinking a contract for $100 - $150/year would include cleaning the headstone and remove any stains, graffiti, etc. There are a lot of churches that have graveyards on their property, I would think the church would want this work performed to keep everything looking good. Our church probably has 1000 or more people buried in their graveyard.

Any suggestions or comments would be appreciated. Does this sound like a viable business?

Cool idea Russ...your wheels are always spinning!

I'm going to play devil's advocate for a second.

Part of the mystique at graveyards is the history that only growing moss and cracks create. My wife and I sometimes walk graveyards and gaze at the different headstones each with its own characteristics and story. I think a clean headstone would not be as "cool". But then again, I'm just a stranger and your idea may appeal to a family of the deceased.

Just a thought but I love where your business mind is.

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http://www.thepennyhoarder.com/cleaning-headstones/
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Wouldn't that interfere with fishing??
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All of this death talk on the cremation thread makes me think of the business idea I came up with to do after I retire. I'm thinking I will create a company that would clean and maintain headstones. People from out of town will know that someone is looking after their loved ones memorial. Typical service would be 4 cleanings per year (every quarter) with power washer. If the stone needs any type of service like a sealer that would be extra. Also if the headstone are leaning or pushed down in the mud, I would fix that and it would be an extra charge.

I'm thinking a contract for $100 - $150/year would include cleaning the headstone and remove any stains, graffiti, etc. There are a lot of churches that have graveyards on their property, I would think the church would want this work performed to keep everything looking good. Our church probably has 1000 or more people buried in their graveyard.

Any suggestions or comments would be appreciated. Does this sound like a viable business?
I agree churches would like to have this done. Not sure if all the relatives would agree, some may want the headstone to be not touched by others. At any rate, I doubt if many churches would spring for $100 per year per headstone. You are going to need to get individual contracts I suspect with the fees to be paid for by willing relatives. There will be administration costs to get contracts signed, fees collected, send out annual renewal notices, etc.

It could work out for you, for sure it is an interesting idea for a new service that people don't generally realize they might want.
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I was so hoping it was recycling old weight machines, procured from abandon houses.

Considering cemeteries are a business, I wonder if there are typical restrictions thru out the industry, that might preclude the business model from working? I'm pretty sure they frown on someone coming in, with an outside backhoe, to dig a grave, etc.
Churches might be different.

How do people get sold the service? Funeral homes? Cemeteries?
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Water source/Problem. Chemicals for removal of stains/problem. Cost is way too high,figure about $10 to $20 per year.
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Similar thought.

Approach funeral parlors about spreading ashes at seas. No passengers, just the ashes. Photos, coordinates, and documentation it was done right provided to the funeral parlor. $200 for each set of ashes. Wait until you have five or more to do. One trip for $1000.

Sadly lots of people dont know what to do with Great Aunt Mary's ashes.
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Powerwashing on granite may be fine, but I wouldn't do on limestone.
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There was a business doing it around here for a while. Had their van wrapped and everything.

Not sure if it is still around or not.
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Dang...stole my idea...bastards!
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Asked a friend that just sold his monument businesses in CT and retired, here is his reply

"I can't think of a monument dealer who wouldn't dream of this happening.................. but not is his lifetime........!!!!
Most family members,,,,,,,,,,,,, sons, daughters etc......... don't even know where their parents are buried........ let alone go visit the grave................... after 40 years in the business......... I can confidently say............. all they're interested in .... is what was left to them.............................................. ............................................. not what they can do FOR them....."

John is a little direct at times
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Originally Posted by captbone View Post
Similar thought.

Approach funeral parlors about spreading ashes at seas. No passengers, just the ashes. Photos, coordinates, and documentation it was done right provided to the funeral parlor. $200 for each set of ashes. Wait until you have five or more to do. One trip for $1000.

Sadly lots of people dont know what to do with Great Aunt Mary's ashes.
http://aaacharters.net/tag/burial-at...ange-beach-al/
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All of this death talk on the cremation thread makes me think of the business idea I came up with to do after I retire. I'm thinking I will create a company that would clean and maintain headstones. People from out of town will know that someone is looking after their loved ones memorial. Typical service would be 4 cleanings per year (every quarter) with power washer. If the stone needs any type of service like a sealer that would be extra. Also if the headstone are leaning or pushed down in the mud, I would fix that and it would be an extra charge.

I'm thinking a contract for $100 - $150/year would include cleaning the headstone and remove any stains, graffiti, etc. There are a lot of churches that have graveyards on their property, I would think the church would want this work performed to keep everything looking good. Our church probably has 1000 or more people buried in their graveyard.

Any suggestions or comments would be appreciated. Does this sound like a viable business?
My gut tells me the market is very very small for this business as most families honestly do not care about where loved ones are buried. Also, in a down economy you can bank on this service being one of the first cut from the family budget.

Lastly, if you have never dealt with the church on business, they are as bad if not worse than wise guys. Of that 100-150, they will expect that you kick back 90-140 in the form a of a cash donation only.
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The major cemeteries will not allow it.
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My simple answer would be no.
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In theory, great idea. Practicality wise, prolly not but in the same breath everyone told the founder of FedEx he was nutz for his idea of developing the business model he created. It'll never work he was told!
Uh huh, right!
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Just imagine going to Arlington or something to visit a passed family member; you get down and start looking at the headstone... "Loud ass powerwasher starts in the background"
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Wouldn't that interfere with fishing??
Exactly. I'm not retiring to go back to work.
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My father in law died in 2001, wife and I visited the grave fathers day the following year. The next time we went was in 2014 when her mom died. Not to be a downer but I wouldn't pay for this service.
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