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Relocation service helps homeowners, businesses with moving

Ken Hedler/The Daily Courier<br>
Carol Stilwell, left, joins Toni Geiger of On the Move Relocation 
Consultants outside Stilwell’s Prescott Valley home. On the Move 
helps businesses and homeowners move to other communities.

Ken Hedler/The Daily Courier<br> Carol Stilwell, left, joins Toni Geiger of On the Move Relocation Consultants outside Stilwell’s Prescott Valley home. On the Move helps businesses and homeowners move to other communities.

PRESCOTT VALLEY - Professional and business people moving to the quad-city area face stresses such as buying a house, selling their old homes and finding a school for their children.

Handling all of those tasks comes at a time when they want to focus on their new jobs, according to Toni Geiger, owner of On the Move Relocation Consultants in Prescott Valley.

"We want our clients to focus on their business," Geiger said. "We get bids for voice and data cabling for your phone system and your computer networks."

Geiger, 50, said she also handles bids from moving companies and for security alarm systems.

She said she starts working for her clients as soon as they sign contracts, adding clients may need her services for three months or longer.

"Some will call us 30 days out," Geiger said. "Some six months. Some (are) like two weeks."

She said she works with her clients until the job is done.

"They are all moved in (to their new homes)," Geiger said. "The packing boxes are gone, and they are completely at home."

Work is done on a new home if the punch list is completed, "like a closing check list for a house," Geiger said. "Like there is something wrong with this baseboard, we get it replaced."

She founded the business in 2003 in Phoenix and moved to Prescott Valley in February 2010.

Geiger said she focused largely at first on business relocations but has put more emphasis on individuals over the past year because she saw a growing need.

Geiger faces competition from companies that provide relocation services and real estate agents.

"Any agent will do relocation," said Brian Biggs, broker with wife Nancy at Prescott Home Realty at Prescott Country Club. "It depends how it is worked. "

Biggs said major businesses often hire a relocation company to help executives who accept transfers.

"And that agency will basically manage the relocation," Biggs said. "What that company typically looks for is for a local (real estate) agent to contract with them to sell the house."

A manager who is relocating might have only a month to do so, Geiger said. She added businesses that hire her to relocate their offices might need help relocating management, as well.

Geiger has expanded by counting on Carol Stilwell, a Prescott Valley-based professional organizer, as an associate to work on the residential side.

"I've always helped clients downsize in preparation for a move," Stilwell said.

For more information about On the Move, call 308-7122.

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