How to Prepare for Move-out Cleaning

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As you prepare to move out of your current location you may be wondering how you can best leave that space to be ready to welcome its next occupants. In short, you will want to leave it clean. Those moving in should not have to clean up after you leave. But that probably sounds daunting. As you think about all the work involved in packing, moving, and unpacking, adding a move-out cleaning checklist to that to-do list is the last thing you want to do. You don’t have to face this alone! At Deep Clean NYC our team of cleaning professionals is here to help you. We are proud to be a women-owned business serving the New York City area for over 10 years. 

Before You Hand Over the Keys

Moving is quite the process. For a period of time, you have to work in, care for, and think about not one, but two locations. Moving out well is just as important as being prepared to move into your new home or business space. 

In addition to making sure you move all of your belongings out and completing any needed repairs or upgrades before you move, you will also need to complete a full deep clean of your building. We have provided this moving cleaning checklist to help you remember all the nooks and crannies. 

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Move-out Cleaning Checklist

  • Bathroom
  • Kitchen
  • Windows and Walls
  • Ceilings and Floors
  • Cabinets
  • Light fixtures
  • Porch, Garage, Attic, Basement

Detailed Move-out Cleaning Checklist


Make sure that the toilet, shower, and sink are spotless. 

Sanitize or disinfect surfaces with a cleaner that is safe and designed for bathroom use.

If you are leaving the shower curtain, clean it with a solution that will retard mold growth;, allow to air dry fully. 


Clean the microwave inside and out. Be sure to remove all food and grease residue.

Remove all food from the refrigerator and freezer. Take out removable drawers and shelves and wash thoroughly. Dry before replacing them. Wipe down the appliance inside and out including the handles and gaskets around the doors.

Clean stove burners and drip trays. Remove and clean oven racks. Clean the door and inside of the oven thoroughly. Wipe down the top and sides of the stove and oven. 

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Windows and Walls

Remove and clean window screens. Clean window panes and frames inside and outside. If possible, remove windows and clean the tracks of the frames. 

Wipe down all walls with water and a cleaner that is safe for that surface. Thoroughly check for cobwebs, especially in corners. 

Ceilings and Floors

Wipe down all ceilings and ceiling fans with a cleaner that is safe for those surfaces. 

Vacuum, mop, or sweep all floors. Floors should be one of the last things you clean. 


Be sure to remove all personal belongings from your cabinets. Wipe down the outside of the cabinets and any shelving. Don’t forget to clean the tops of any cabinets that do not go up to the ceiling. 

Light Fixtures

Dust light fixtures and replace any burnt-out light bulbs. 

Callout 3- detailed cleaning checklist- windows and walls, ceilings and floors

Porch, Garage, Attic, Basement

Each of these places requires special attention. 

Sweep off your porch and knock down any cobwebs. If mold, dirt, or pollen has built up you may need to scrub that off. 

Clean your garage walls, shelving, windows, and floors. 

Thoroughly inspect your attic and basement for cobwebs and mold, removing anything that you find. Clean walls, shelving, windows, floors, and ceilings as appropriate. 

If you are feeling a little overwhelmed, take heart! You don’t have to face all of this alone. A move is a perfect time to schedule a free no-obligation estimate for move-out cleaning. 

Callout 4- detailed move-out cleaning list for porch, garage, attic, basement

What Is Included in Moving Cleaning Services? 

Move-out cleaning is more than just a maid service. In addition to cleaning all windows, floors, and walls, we will deep clean the kitchen and bathrooms. We also thoroughly inspect each surface including walls and appliances to ensure that they receive the attention they need. Our HEPA filters and eco-friendly cleaning products provide the tools needed to clean your building well, but our detailed and professional employees bring their experienced eyes and determined minds to every task. We treat each home or office as if it were our own, cleaning and sanitizing each surface impeccably. 


Our company, Deep Clean NYC, aims to keep our services affordable. The cost for each job varies based on the size of the building, the number of rooms and appliances, and the turnaround time. 

Why Should I Consider Hiring a Company for a Move-out Cleaning? 

Can’t I do this work myself? Well…yes, probably. Keep in mind that some lease agreements require a professional cleaning when it comes time for you to move out. Be sure to check if this applies to you. 

Move-out Cleaning for Renters

If you are leaving a rental property, an experienced cleaning service such as Deep Clean NYC will give you peace of mind, knowing that your security deposit will not be affected because you missed cleaning something. After all, it’s our job to clean and clean well. We take that very seriously. 

Move-out Cleaning for Owners

If you are selling your home or business, you will have the added weight of full responsibility for that property until it is sold. A professional deep clean will add to your home’s structural attractiveness and remove any negative presentation of dirt, dust, streaky windows, or foul odor. 

Peace of Mind

Hiring a professional moving cleaning company will significantly reduce the mental stress associated with moving, giving you more time and energy to focus on moving your personal belongings and getting settled into your new home. 

Read more in our blog: 6 Service Specialties: Why You Should Hire the Deep Clean NYC Team

Callout 5- four ways Deep Clean NYC can help with your move-out cleaning

Financial Savings

While the upfront cost of a professional cleaning service may seem daunting, it is well worth it. Cleaning chemicals and tools are expensive and to do a full deep clean of your house you will need to purchase these in bulk. You may also need to rent or buy bigger pieces of equipment to fully clean upholstery, appliances, or carpeting. Don’t forget to consider the cost of time and energy needed to completely clean your home before you move. By choosing Deep Clean NYC you absorb all of these costs and receive the added benefit of knowing your home has been cleaned to professional standards and is ready for its new occupants. 

Next Steps

As you prepare to move to your new location, take a few minutes to think about what will be the best option for you. Do you need some help deep cleaning your home so that it is ready for its next owners? Would a team of professionals coming to take care of the cleaning free you to get settled in your new office and allow you to continue with a smooth workflow, even throughout a move? Do you just want someone else to care for your building the way you do and make sure it fully meets the requirements to be move-out ready? Then contact Deep Clean NYC today and schedule your free no-obligation estimate and let us help you move out with confidence.

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