8 Ways to Trim Moving Costs

Summertime is peak moving season, but you can lower costs with the right preparations.

You should study up before moving for a job.
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Snag a tax break. If you're moving because of a job change, you may be able to deduct certain moving expenses, such as transportation and storage costs for household goods, as well as travel and lodging expenses incurred while moving from your old home to your new home. To see if you qualify, check the IRS guidelines or consult a tax preparer.

Price it out. Reynolds advises contacting at least three professional moving companies to compare prices. You'll also want to get an in-home estimate by each mover, Bauer Darr says. That way, the mover can get a better idea of what they'll be moving and can, in turn, give you a more realistic estimate for the move. "When they come in, it's good to ask questions like, 'Is this something you should handle?' 'What are the items I should pack myself?'" Bauer Darr suggests.

Research the mover. Make sure that you're hiring a legitimate mover—a licensed company equipped with the proper insurance and resources to complete your move efficiently. "Unfortunately, it's too easy these days to put your name on the side of a truck and call yourself a professional mover," says Bauer Darr. To help you vet moving companies, AMSA provides a list of certified "ProMovers" at Moving.org. Also check the Better Business Bureau to see if any complaints have been filed against the company.

These strategies take time, so plan ahead to ensure your move is a cost-efficient one.