What Equipment Do Professional Movers Use?

The Best Mover Supplies For The Job


Besides our strong, highly trained crew members, there’s a reason why you’d want to hire a professional for your move. The truck you borrowed from a friend simply doesn’t come with all the equipment necessary to get your move done right.

Whether you’re moving to an urban apartment or a big home in the suburbs, each move comes with its unique challenges. Olympia Moving & Storage is equipped to handle them. Without the best mover supplies, your move can be time consuming and more difficult than it has to be. Below we detail the mover supplies we use to make your move the most efficient it can be:

Two-Wheel Dolly

This basic dolly is lightweight This critical mover supply is the first on the list whenever a move is needed. It makes loading and unloading of  boxes, furniture and bulky items much faster.

Two Wheel Dolly

Hoisting Straps

When a large piece like an armoire or mattress just won’t fit through the front door, hope isn’t lost. Our crew can wrap the piece then manually hoist it through the window, using just their strength and these straps! Our crew commonly hoists pieces to the 2nd or 3rd floor with ease! Check out a  furniture hoist in action here.

Hoisting Straps


Four-Wheel Dolly, Crates, and Bins

Commonly used on moves with a long walk or elevator, the crew can fill bins or crates with boxes and small pieces, then transport the load on a 4-wheel dolly. This allows the crew to move more items than they can carry and minimize the number of needed trips. This is one of the more inventive mover supplies, while basic in nature, it provides a tremendous amount of capability and flexibility.

4 Wheel Dolly

Appliance Dolly

This more specific dolly allows the crew to easily wheel out big, heavy appliances like refrigerators and stoves more quickly and securely.

Appliance Dolly


Do you have stairs or a stoop leading to your door? The crew can set up a small ramp over the stairs, which allows them to use wheel dollies. Of course, the crew also always sets up a ramp that leads into the truck to ensure smooth footing while the crew is carrying your possessions.

Moving Ramp

Pallet Jack

Some trucks come equipped with a pallet jack, which is used to move only the very heaviest items onto the truck, such as a safe or small machinery.


Piano Board

This piece of equipment is used to safely carry a piano. The end and board support the piano. The board also has slots for straps to keep the piano secure and handles to help carry the piece.

Piano Board

Tool Kit

When clients need us to take apart furniture like beds, dining room tables, and more, our crew is prepared with a tool kit to ensure that basic assembly and disassembly is taken care of.  One of the most important mover supplies we have, these tools allow us to tackle any complexity we find within your move.

tool kit


Who can forget our most important piece of equipment, our trucks! Olympia has cube trucks, straight trucks, and tractor trailers in our fleet to accommodate any size move. All our trucks are equipped with the above equipment along with a few extra boxes and moving materials to ensure that our crew is ready for anything!



That’s only the beginning!  We have even more specialized equipment for our commercial moving projects.

More Moving Tips in our Moving Resource Center

Watch our crew use this equipment on real moves in these videos!

Learn About Our Hoisting & Craning Services

How to Move Appliances & Special Furniture