Movable containers are becoming popular for the storage and transportation of small furniture and other items. A contracted company drops an empty container at your residence, you pack it up with furniture and small items, then another truck hauls the container to a new destination.

Interested in using a container for your next move? Here’s what you need to know:

1. You only pay for what you need.
Most companies offer 7, 12 and 16-foot containers.

2. No need to drive a moving truck.
You pack it. They move it. Because a driver picks up your packed container and relocates it, you don’t have to worry about making a 20-point turn in a 16-ft. moving truck.

3. Storage is available.
Several moving container franchises have their own facilities where you can stash your container until you’re ready to relocate it. Stacking containers is more space efficient for the companies than operating traditional storage garages. This makes it more cost efficient for you.

4. Less legwork is involved.
No need to risk rolling the family heirlooms up a wobbly ramp to the back of a rental truck. The containers sit on the ground.

5. You can pack at your convenience.
Some companies rent the units by the month, others give you a few days before and after delivery and relocation to pack and unpack. Either way, you have more than just a single day to finish everything.

6. They’re available when you’re staying put.
De-clutter your home for showings without throwing away a thing! The containers are also great options for keeping your things safely out of the way while showing your home.

Before you book a container, make sure it’s legal to have one parked at both your current and new place. An experienced Realtor can help you find out the rules. Find a RE/MAX agent here: www.remax.com/officeagentsearch/.