Move-Out Cleaning – Get Your Deposit Back!

Moving to a new place is so exciting. And it’s even better if you get your full cleaning deposit returned from your previous landlord!


If you’re not sure where to start, just think about leaving your home as clean as you’d like to see your new place when you move in. Your final move-out clean is much easier after you’ve packed and removed all of your furniture and personal items. As a general rule, start from the top… wiping, cleaning, scrubbing, and sanitizing all surfaces… leaving the floors for last.


If you already have enough on your hands packing and moving, we can take care of the house cleaning! Our Move In & Move Out Cleaning Service covers all the bases. We will clean and sanitize all surfaces in the home and, if the home is empty, wipe out all cabinets and drawers.

Following is the Move In / Move Out House Cleaning check list we use to make sure your “final” home cleaning is up to par.


Clean the Kitchen

Your kitchen will need a full clean – including cupboards, counters, sink and appliances. Dust, grime, and grease can accumulate on any surface – a thorough cleaning will make it shine!

  • Hand wipe all cabinet exteriors

  • Scrub countertops and backsplash

  • Clean and sanitize sink

  • Clean microwave (inside and out)

  • Wipe out pantry area

  • Clean and polish oven and refrigerator exterior

  • Clean and polish stove top and vent hood

  • Detail clean under electric range burners

  • Wipe out inside drawers and cabinets

  • Clean oven interior

  • Clean refrigerator interior

  • Clean kitchen floor

Pro Tip: to keep cleaning greasy cabinet fronts, stove tops, and vent hoods more manageable pick up "LA's Totally Awesome All-Purpose Cleaner" - I promise, it will make things easier!


Clean Bathrooms – Scrub & Sanitize

Since bathrooms are one of the spaces most people struggle to clean, remember this is the time to do a deep clean! A few of the common issues we see are hard water deposits, as well as mold and mildew.

One pro tip is to spray a high quality bathroom cleaner (and let it set for a few minutes before scrubbing. While microfiber cloths are one of our favorite cleaning tools, an old toothbrush is handy to remove any grime around the faucets, in corners, and the grout in tiled areas.

Pro Tip: Be careful not to use an acidic cleaner on Marble and other natural stone tile - it could etch the surface. (most bathroom cleaners have phosphoric acid to help dissolve hard water and soap scum)

  • Remove cobwebs

  • Clean mirrors (Streak-free)

  • Wipe all reachable light fixtures

  • Clean counters and sinks

  • Hand wash cabinet fronts

  • Wipe out inside drawers and cabinets

  • Detail clean shower, tub, tile and grout

  • Disinfect toilet and toilet area

  • Vacuum bathroom rugs

  • Remove trash and replace bags

  • Clean and disinfect bathroom floors

House Cleaning Throughout the Whole House

A thorough cleaning will ensure that you get your deposit back! Light fixtures, windowsills, and baseboards are commonly overlooked when cleaning. But you won’t make that mistake!

  • Hand wipe light fixtures

  • Dust ceiling fans

  • Remove cobwebs

  • Disinfect light switches and doorknobs

  • Clean all millwork and moldings

  • Clean all windowsills and ledges

  • Clean built in cabinetry and shelves

  • Wipe banister and handrails

  • Vacuum all floors/mop hard surface floors

  • Vacuum carpet edges with attachment

  • Vacuum stairs

Additional Areas

  • Be sure to clean out and sweep the garage or carport

  • And to really impress your landlord, spruce up the lawn, garden, and patio...

o Pull weeds

o Rake leaves

o Cut the grass

o Clean any porch furniture

o Remove any cobwebs on patio/porch, and sweep


Forget the Cleaning and Just Relax!

If you don’t have time, or just don’t want to do a full clean, trust the professionals at Caravel Cleaning Company! Our house cleaners delight in ensuring that your house is ready for a final inspection.


Pro Tip: review the Move Out Checklist provided by your landlord (typically included in your lease) to make sure you address all of the requirements to get your deposit returned!


Request an estimate for Move In / Move Out house cleaning services from the Cleaning Crew at Caravel Cleaning Company in Oxnard, CA.


We can't wait to Help You Make Your Home Shipshape!


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