No, this is not an eligible moving expense, except for the day of your arrival.
Travel expenses. You can deduct the cost of transportation and lodging for yourself and members of your household while traveling from your former home to your new home. This includes expenses for the day you arrive.The day of arrival is the day you secure lodging at the new place of residence, even if the lodging is on a temporary basis.
Item 1 — pre-move househunting expenses of $524.
Item 2 — the $25,000 down payment on the San Diego home. If any part of it were for payment of deductible taxes or interest on the mortgage on the house, that part would be deductible as an itemized deduction.
Item 3 — the $3,500 real estate commission paid on the sale of the Detroit home. The commission is used to figure the gain or loss on the sale.
Item 4 — the $1,500 loss on the sale of the Detroit home.
Item 6 — the $320 expense for meals while driving to San Diego. (However, the lodging and car expenses are deductible.)
Item 7 — temporary living expenses of $3,730.