Every year, 15.3 million American households move. Whether it’s to upgrade or downsize living spaces, or to start a new adventure, it’s an exciting yet stressful time.

On the long list of things to do, one key task is thoroughly cleaning the property. That way, the next tenants or owners will have a clean and fresh start!

But you already have enough on your plate, and you simply don’t have the time or energy to do this yourself. That’s where a move-out cleaning service is extremely helpful!

What do these professionals do though? And what isn’t covered?

Below is what you can expect from a move-out cleaning service.


Handwashing is the best way to go since the cleaners can use some elbow grease in their work. You won’t have to worry about them just skimming the surface, as they’ll go above and beyond to make everything clean and shiny.

These professionals will handwash your:

  • Ceiling fan blades
  • Light fixtures
  • Doors and door frames
  • Exterior and interior cabinets (if empty)
  • Baseboards
  • Windowsills
  • Stairs
  • Wood moldings
  • Exterior of appliances
  • Stovetop
  • Counters, countertops, and backsplash
  • Mirrors
  • Shower/bathtub and tile

If you have a microwave, then the cleaners will also clean both the exterior and interior of this appliance. Do note that with a move-out cleaning service, interior cleaning for refrigerators and ovens isn’t included.


Even if you’ve kept up with regular cleaning, there’s bound to be dust in your home; the average home collects 40 pounds of dust a year! And chances are, there are nooks and crannies you’ve missed, which is fine, since professional cleaners can get to these areas.

The cleaners will vacuum the following:

  • Blinds
  • Curtain tops
  • Lower air vent returns
  • Stairs
  • All floors

They may also first dust the lights and stairs before vacuuming if needed. And they’ll also mop all floors for that extra shine.

While professional cleaners will vacuum and mop for a move-out cleaning service, they won’t do carpet cleanings. If you need this service, then mention this when making your appointment.

It’ll take extra time, training, and equipment for this service, so expect to pay more for carpet cleaning. Most companies will charge at least $100 extra, although the exact pricing will depend on how much carpet there is and the state it’s in too. There may be discounts available for bundling move-out cleaning with carpet cleaning.


If you need more services in addition to the ones above, then you can always request some add-ons. Here are some to consider.

Refrigerator and Oven Cleaning

You can ask the cleaners to clean the interiors of your refrigerator and oven. This can save you hours in scrubbing time if you’ve got years of buildup inside these appliances.

Not only will the cleaners be faster, but they’ll also do a better job. The next owners/tenants will definitely be happy when these appliances look brand new!

Outdoor Area Cleaning

Move-out cleaning services don’t typically include outdoor areas. But it may be possible to pay extra and have them included if the space is easily accessible and small. So it doesn’t hurt to ask!

You can expect to pay an additional $50 or $75 for this service.

Garage Cleaning

Garages also aren’t included in move-out cleaning services, so you’ll have to discuss this with the company if you need garage cleaning.

Cleaning companies will usually charge between $50 to $100 for garage cleaning. It’ll depend on how big your garage is and the condition it’s in.

Move-Out Cleaning Cost

The move-out cleaning cost will depend on the company you’re using, the size of your home, what condition it’s in, and if you want any add-ons. It’s always best to discuss the price over the phone; that way, you can request several quotes to compare and choose from. This can also help you avoid any surprises when you have to pay the company.

On average, you can expect to pay between $200 and $300 for this service. If you don’t have parking for the cleaners (such as in the driveway), then they’ll also charge you a parking fee of around $20.

Read Your Contract Thoroughly

Move-out cleaning services will differ between companies, so what may be standard for one may not be for another. It’s always a good idea to completely read cleaning contracts anyway, so you know what to expect.

If you find that there’s a service you desire but it’s not included, then ask before signing. Trustworthy companies are usually willing to accommodate their customers; just know that you’ll have to pay a little more.

Also, pay particular attention to the cancellation policy. Understandably, emergencies can arise, but you’re taking up a valuable spot for the cleaning company. Most will charge a cancellation fee of around $50 if you cancel or reschedule your move-out clean less than 2 days before the appointment date.

Book a Move-Out Cleaning Service Today

A move-out cleaning service can be just what you need to relieve some stress during your move. And if you hire a professional that has a stellar reputation, then there will be nothing to worry about. You’ll be free to focus on the more important things in life, such as sorting out moving logistics and spending quality time with loved ones before you move away.

So if you’re relocating soon, then count on MaidLuxe to make your house spotless. We carefully screen and hire our cleaners and train them to the highest standards.

If you’re ready to book professional cleaning services, then request a quote from us now. We’re based in Houston but have a large service area.