FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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WHAT IS THE PROCESS?
There are three stages in the creation of a memorial:
SHARING – During a visit, over the phone, or by email, customers speak with one of our memorial counselors about their loved one and share their own preferences and vision for the gravestone.
DESIGN – With ongoing input from the customer, we refine the headstone's design until they feel certain it fittingly honors the memory of their loved one.
FULFILLMENT – Applying our experience and expertise, we create the headstone and then place it at its designated location.
HOW MUCH WILL MY HEADSTONE COST?
Three factors affect a gravestone's price:
The material it is made of
Granite, marble, and bronze are materials commonly used in memorial construction. Granite is a natural resource mined from around the world, and its price varies by color. Specially-shaped gravestones typically cost more than those with a traditional curved or flat top. Additions such as vases, portraits, and extra engraving also affect price.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO MAKE AND INSTALL A HEADSTONE?
The SHARING and DESIGN stages (see above) usually take 2 to 3 weeks. Once a design is complete, the FULFILLMENT stage begins: Gray granite gravestones are typically completed and installed within 4 to 6 months. Specially-shaped headstones and those made of colored granite, marble, or bronze may require up to 6 to 8 months. Since each headstone is a custom piece, completion times will vary.
HOW DO I MAKE PAYMENT?
We provide free estimates for any headstone concept. For detailed design proofs, a $50 down-payment is requested. (This fee is deducted from the full purchase price of your memorial).
Gravestones are created once full payment is received. Partial ‘installment’ payments are welcome. We accept cash, check, credit, and debit.
All our monument sales come with a free 20-year warranty for re-leveling, and 5-year warranty for repainting. If your headstone needs attention, just give us a call and we’ll schedule the service.
WHY SHOULD I PURCHASE FROM CHOATE MONUMENT COMPANY?
With 43 years of experience helping families find peace of mind and closure through the creation of beautiful headstones, we are the oldest monument company in operation in the Brazos County. In addition to making thousands of personal gravestones, we have been entrusted to complete work for the Texas A&M Foundation, the College Station Veterans Park, and the George H. W. Bush Library, among others. We are family- and Aggie-owned.
Monument Builders of North America
Southern Monument Builders Association
BCS Chamber of Commerce
Better Business Bureau (A+ rating)
Every memorial is important to us because every person is made in God’s image and of priceless worth to Him (Gen.1:26, John 3:16).
THE PROCESS OF CREATING A HEADSTONE