When we build a friendship or relationship of any sort, be it on a personal level or business related, there tend to be certain traits that we are drawn to.
Specific qualities that attract us and help us both understand and appreciate why that person or business is a good fit.
Are they trustworthy? Generous? Thoughtful?
Is it a person that makes you laugh? Or a business that has proven it can provide the right expertise?
In all areas of life, we build these friendships and relationships, and we’re unlikely to continue that friendship or relationship if several correct boxes aren’t ticked.
Your Partnership with a Memorial Stonemason
The same approach can be taken when entering into a working partnership with a memorial stonemasonry company.
Many people do not realise it until the time arrives, but purchasing a memorial is typically one of the most important and emotional purchases we’ll ever make.
For that memorial-buying journey to be as successful as possible, you need to build a strong and trusting relationship with your expert memorial masons of choice.
Read on to find out more about three vital qualities we suggest you look for when searching for a reputable and specialist memorial stonemasonry company near you.
1. A Versatile Range of Skills in the Memorial Industry
A memorial is incredibly unique which means there are many different memorial types available.
From the stone materials that can be used, creative extras that are offered – such as fine craft etching – and bespoke designs that can be crafted to create something truly special and unique.
By choosing memorial stonemasons with proven expert versatility, you can ensure you open the door to a wide range of options while ensuring the quality of the final result remains.
Besides different memorial stone materials, memorial types, and creative optional extras, a versatile memorial stonemason might also offer additional memorial services such as:
A memorial provider that’s dedicated to providing a well-rounded line up of skills and services can reduce the amount of people and resources that you might need to onboard in order to address your memorial needs.
In turn, this can help you save time and money.
It’s also useful to ensure the memorial company of choice are specialists in the type of memorial you’re seeking.
For example, we at Summers specialise in memorial headstones, cremation memorials, vases and such, whereas a company such as Stone Sign Company can specialise in crafting large memorial stone boulders and monoliths.
2. Correct Equipment & Adequate Manpower
It’s something people often overlook when purchasing something that is being made specifically for them, but it’s useful to ensure that the company you’re purchasing from actually has the required machinery and skilled manpower on-hand to create the product to a level of quality and within a timeframe you’re satisfied with.
People put a lot of trust in businesses, and it’s very understandable to see why – they propose to be the experts, after all. However, for those who choose to delve a little deeper into behind-the-scenes operations or ask questions that challenges their proposed expertise, a lot can be found out.
For example, rather than owning the machinery and equipment, a stonemasonry business could be renting them or sub-contracting certain elements of the memorial creation to other parties, and then passing those additional costs onto the customer.
This could indicate that the memorial masons are a relatively new business, or that they don’t have enough skilled staff in-house to complete all aspects of the work themselves.
We’re not preaching the right or wrong way to run a business, but as a customer, you can look for these certain qualities that could differentiate one stonemason from the next.
We’ve touched on trust and standard of work, and these fall under reliability.
Before investing in a memorial maker, make sure their team can reliably deliver everything you’re looking for.
This means you have to be happy placing your trust in the people within the business and the quality of work you believe they can produce.
Can they reliably design and craft beautiful memorials that meets or exceeds expectations each and every time?
Look through a portfolio of previous memorials they have created and seek out customer testimonials.
If you have a specific memorial design or type in mind, discuss this with the stonemasons and ask if they can show you any examples that are similar in nature to your design request.
Over 100 Years of Memorial Stonemasonry Craftsmanship
When a company such as Summers Memorial Masons have been in operation for well over 100 years, it indicates that the business has a proven ability to reliably craft memorials of a high standard for several generations of customers.
If you’re looking for the perfect memorial to honour your lost loved one, why not get in touch with our team of friendly advisers to discuss what’s possible? From headstones and cremation memorials through to full kerb sets, we offer a wide range of memorials to help you remember a life exactly as you see fit. Contact us to book in a relaxed consultation by calling 0117 955 7676, e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by completing our simple online contact form.