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Cemetery Budget Planning

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Budget planning for a cemetery restoration project can be a tricky thing.  Each cemetery will have different needs resulting in different costs and it would be difficult to estimate without actually seeing the cemetery and the stones. While there are no "general guideline" or "rule of thumb" figures, and it would be difficult to estimate without actually seeing the cemetery and the stones. The following are are some estimated figures that may help:

        * Ten cents (.10) per foot for cleanup. If your cemetery is 30' X 50" which is 1500 sq.ft., figure $150
        * Large trees and heavy brush will cost more.
        * Stones needing re-leveled or re-set, figure $25 each. ($5 material, $20 labor)
        * Stones needing cleaned, add $25 each. ($5 cleaners $20 labor)
        * Broken stones needing repaired, add $60. ($20 materials $40 labor)
        * Large stones may increase the above estimates.
        * Grading and seeding, five cents per sq. ft.
        * Fencing and signage will vary, obtain price quotes from local vendors.
        * Donated labor will greatly reduce your cost.
        * Donated material such as sand, pea gravel, cement and concrete will reduce your cost
        * You may already have many of the tools, brushes and cleaning materials
          needed, reducing the cost.

    Information from Ernie Lasley, Coordinator Gibson County  Indiana PCRP
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