We are price-conscious, price-comparison consumers today. In a short era, technology has changed many of our consumer habits. These days we use a number of websites and mobile apps to compare prices for major purchases. And this trend has now impacted on the funeral industry. An industry that has price-gouged consumers due to the mystery and misery that surrounds the purchase of funeral services. So, how can you compare cremation prices?
What options are available to compare cremation prices?
There are several options you can use to compare cremation costs.
#1 You can phone around a few local funeral homes and ask for prices.
All funeral homes are required by federal law to provide you with funeral prices when you make an inquiry. They should be able to provide you with a copy of their General Price List. This can be time-consuming and a tad frustrating, as not all funeral homes will give you a simple price over the phone.
#2 You can use a funeral comparison concierge service
Everest’s Funeral Planning & Concierge Service will provide a price-comparison report for you, from up to 8 funeral homes with your specified zip code or mileage radius. However, they charge a $29 fee for this service.
#3 Use an online funeral price-comparison website
There are an array of funeral price comparison websites today. These provide a platform for consumers to find and check prices from funeral homes in a given area. However, there are a few issues with these websites to consider. Firstly, not all websites inclusively include ALL funeral homes in an area. So, you may not see a true reflection of all local cremation prices.
Secondly, some of these websites monetize their platform by offering promoted listing for funeral homes that will pay. This means you again may not see a true ‘un-biased’ representation of local cremation providers and prices.
If you are looking to compare cremation costs, the likelihood is that you want to ensure you do not overpay for a service. Often, we no prior knowledge of arranging a funeral, we enter the process seeking guidance.
#4 Connect with the DFS Memorials network of low-cost cremation providers
DFS Memorials vetted and recruited local independent cremation service providers that met the criteria of offering their local community a ‘best price’ direct cremation. So, the DFS Memorials website has conducted the price-comparison (to make it easier for you) and can connect you directly with a local, affordable cremation provider.
All local providers and their direct cremation prices are disclosed online.
How do you find the ‘best value’ cremation service?
Cheap is sometimes cheap. Corners are cut to offer budget services or products. “You get what you pay for” as we will often quip. However, overpaying for a service can be annoying.
As mentioned above, funeral costs have long been shrouded in some mystery, allowing the industry to confuse families overpricing.
Why pay $2,700 for a simple direct cremation, when the exact same service can be conducted for $795? So this is where the term “best value” or “best price” comes into play. It is about comparing the exact same service package. Cremation service costs can range significantly, and you can save money just by ensuring you have compared what prices are on offer locally.
Why choose direct cremation?
A direct cremation is the industry term for a simple cremation without any ceremony. It is the least expensive funeral option and the most simple, no-fuss option. As the cremation rate continues to grow, it is largely direct cremation that families are choosing. Why? Namely cost, but also just out of the notion of simplicity.
A direct cremation can be arranged in most cities for between $500 – $1,000. To find out your local direct cremation price, visit your state and city on DFS Memorials.