View Full Version : GRAVE DIGGING boo!

02-22-2001, 12:23 AM
Idig greaves and have for about 5 years. never had to do this though. Icharge $275.00 for a regular grave $150.00 for a baby grave , and $75.00 for a cremation. My question is i have to move a grave,but need to be fair. The job details are make wooden box for remains, dig up remains, dig new hole for remains, then cover up both graves.Ifigured i would charge $100.00 for each grave ,and $50.00 for the box. what do you think?

02-22-2001, 01:13 AM
I'm having a hard time getting past the imagery of what has to be done. But by your own info, I'd charge more than the regular price for the digging up (I quiver even saying that), because you have to be more careful I'd imagine, and then regular price for the new grave, and $50 is way too cheap on the box. But a minimum total of $650.

Do you have to have a priest or someone be there to dig someone up? To say prayers or something? Seems like sacrilege. Do you handle the remains? Man, I can't even think about what I'd charge for that :eek:

02-22-2001, 07:42 AM

don't forget to factor in the cost of a few 30 gallon garbage bags to relocate the body in!

Of all the posts I've seen here, this is definitely the most 'UNIQUE' I have heard.

If it were me, I can't imagine what I would charge. It would be A LOT though. Wonder if they have any pre-determined rates per hour in Mean's for reloaction human body remains.

Now, do you get to keep any jewerly you find?

Just kidding.


02-22-2001, 07:49 AM
Its not as bad as you think . Istill dont want to move one .When i bury one its not bad because there is no body. There is no preist at this$650.00 is way too much the family cant afford that

02-22-2001, 09:17 AM
Does it have to be moved?

You mention $650 is more than the family can afford. I guess part of this will depend on how well you know the family and what you're willing to do for them. $650 sounds more than fair.

Maybe you could just do the digging, and they'd do the rest.

The willies factor is high enough that it'd take a lot more than $650 for me to touch that project.

Can the church or cemetary offer assistance?

[Edited by Stonehenge on 02-22-2001 at 08:20 AM]

02-22-2001, 11:48 AM
EEEEAAAAAHHHHHHHH!( The sound of the willies going up my back) I think we've got the makings of a new forum here.

02-22-2001, 06:17 PM
I think I know what I'm going to charge .Since I charge $150.00 for a baby grave then I my charge is going to be $300.00 even . It will take me only 3 hours to do all that.

02-22-2001, 09:39 PM
What size machine do dig graves with?

concrete man
02-22-2001, 10:14 PM
Hey grave digger. I thought you were going to charge 200.00 for the baby grave and 400.00 for the other?? I know what you mean about the willies. It doesn't sound like a job I want to do. I guess it is no worse then when we were digging to put up a wall at a cemetery and out rooled an armbone from a grave that had been lost over the years. They thought it was up the hill further. That was pretty creeping. I'll see you later!!! Concrete rulz!! WHAZ UUUUUUUP!!!!!!

02-22-2001, 11:55 PM
Iuse a bobcat 773 .It is 46 hp.I have a backhoe attachment,with 12,18,and24in buckets.Ialso have other attachments.I dig about 50 graves a year, at $275.00 a pop.Ionly spend about 3 hrs on a grave,from digging to filling it in.My work is quiet no one around to bother me.It is not bad work and it makes money.Ialso build houses and remodeling. The gravedigging has paid for the machine and put money in my pocket.which is a winning situation!!!!!!

02-28-2001, 02:05 PM
i'm interested in getting some gravedigging work. My boss has a bobcat mini excavator that just sits a lot. it doesn't seem like it be that difficult. especially with the mini, since I wouldn't have to repostition to dig a square hole. I'm looking to get experience on the machine.

would you let a beginner dig a grave?

how do you sell it to the cemeteries?

I would think most of them have established contracts, or their own equipment.

so far as the willies, it wouldn't really bother me.

03-04-2001, 05:29 PM
Would I let a beginner dig a grave? yes, a grave needs to be 3 ft wide,8 ft long,and 5 ft deep. Acemetary can pay you and control the job done there,where if they let anyone dig there you cannot control the job.They all pay someone to dig, i dig about 50 graves a year can make about $15 to $20000.00 a year.

03-05-2001, 02:22 PM
We lease a skidsteer, and I was just wondering if because we have several planter maintenace contracts(which include mowing) for clients pertaining to cemetary plots if we may have our foot in the door for a possible add-on service. Since the local cemetaries are quite familiar with our trucks and the specialized service we provide to our clients, I was just curious. I also have a colleague who works for the local burial vault company.


03-05-2001, 10:45 PM
Hey kutnkru yeah if you already do the mowing see when the contract is up on the gravedigging. the chance is if you do a good job mowing then you could have a good chance.How is their job bad or good?DO THEY LEAVE THE DIRT NEXT TO THE GRAVE DURING THE FUNNERAL?Idont ,Ihaul the dirt off then after the funneral is over i haul it back in,it dont take any longer but looks a whole lot better......

03-07-2001, 08:36 AM
I was just curious if you are hauling this away - Wont they bark about ruts during those times of year when the ground is softer, or are you able to avoid this using a 1 ton dump???

Thanks for the help.

03-07-2001, 07:15 PM
Sometimes i do leave ruts but they are few and not bad . i live in the communities that these cemetarys are in i know these people but i like to do it this way and i always fix anything i tear up .

03-29-2001, 09:46 PM
One thing about graves, people are dying to get in one.

Fantasy Lawns
03-29-2001, 10:18 PM

Grave Diggers
05-09-2006, 11:08 PM
DIGEm your cheap... And yorkpatty It has alot to do with the lay of the land. who you are working for. cem. funeral home. indv. Id set my prices so that they be fixed for alot of pain in the but work if it was for a Funeral home. Down here us grave Diggers have to dig it place the vault do the tent set up. take it back down lower the casket seal the vault. Fill in the hole. Which i belive the cheapest ive done one for is. 700. Bust usualy it's around 850 min.

But back to The org. post Yea. we usualy double the price. But we have done it for the same price at the least. Reason why is, Well you fig you still have to put in the same amount of time at least. Then theres Disel And also Wear and tear on your tractor. Evrey thing in this biz. cost alot of money. to much but the grave digger should be the one who gets paid. and for thoose prices man, ill just say your killing your self. Unless your just diging a hole. in a wide open cemetary.

Thats just my two cents.

05-10-2006, 01:08 AM
Man... And I thought the horse and cow burying calls I get 5-6 times a month were bad. Dig'em... It doesn't sound to me that you're charging enough. I'm getting just a little less for horses and cows. And all I'm doing is digging a rough hole 7' deep, pushing them in, covering them up, thanks and I'm sorry for your loss.

05-10-2006, 01:16 AM
You say you charge $275.oo right, times two is $550;) two graves how far do you have to move them, also what is the coroner making in all of this he was to be there a wooden box $200 bucks my cost rough $800

05-10-2006, 02:16 PM
I like 'digem's price and attitude, having been on the customer side recently.

I had to tote my dad 2500 miles and plant him myself

The hoe was a mini industrial tractor / hoe with special grave bucket (homemade) made nice square corners. had a high volume loader, and dirt was placed in a 1T dump, (to avoid getting dirt on grass, and to assist in putting back in) tho my local graveyard uses a HD single axle dump trailer (very maneuverable)

A tracked machine, or skid would really be tough to use in tight spots and humped terrain, and not tear up the grass.

We used the hoe and dropped in the Fiberglass (ABS actually) vault (that I stopped on the way and picked up in Afton, Wyoming) The trip was nice, as we visited dad's favorite spots and highways (hope he enjoyed it as much as I :), ) I got to help make some vaults with the vacuum forming machine, as they were busy supplying to hurricane victims. If I would have known I would have brought a semi, and got paid for the trip on south.

biggest issue for g-diggers is move-in , and out 2x / job, and packing the dirt around. (weather is issue too...) We saved that trouble and had the whole job including service wrapped up in less than 2 hrs. It rained 4" the next day