Save money by scheduling your move between September and May, when rates tend to be lowest.
"Generally speaking, moving companies are busiest during the summer months because most people with school-age children move when the children are on summer vacation," Poage says.
Bisney agrees that customers usually get the best rates during these months. He adds that you can net far greater savings by moving "off-season" than you can by simply moving on a weekday versus a weekend, or during a certain time of the month.
"Still, professional moving is like any business, so you may see a higher price on weekends if the overall demand is high," he says.
Movers may be especially willing to offer flexible pricing right now, given the economic climate. So try to negotiate price.
"During the current economic slump, many movers are eager for business and may be open to negotiation," Bisney says.
"It is definitely cheaper to move now, during this recession," she says. "Moving companies are dying for any business they can get. They have been hit extremely hard during this housing bust."