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In an attempt to capture a wider demographic of customers, particularly those who are interested in do-it-yourself moves, United Van Lines has teamed up with Mayflower to add a new portable moving and storage containers service to their roster of offerings. They are officially calling this partnership: moving and storage containers by United Mayflower.


The Market Niche

This new addition to their long established national moving services was brought about by the clamour of their customers for options that would suit their changing needs. The market needed a more flexible option for those who are willing to put in a bit of extra effort with the goal of making their relocations more affordable.

What they're Offering

They're offering two basic services: 1) Do-It-Yourself and 2) Do-It-Yourself-Plus.

Both work in the same principle as moving pods where the company will deliver the container to your home so you can prepare, pack and load your things at your own pace.

DIY Plus just adds a more premium service for those who need help with packing and loading by sending people to assist the client. This is of course at an additional charge. The basic cost will depend on the distance of the delivery and total space that your belongings will occupy inside the container.

United Mayflower Moving Containers

All of their moving containers are approximately 16'long, 8'wide and 8'high. This container is estimated to hold the contents of a typical 1,500-square foot home.

You don't have to worry about driving the truck or pulling it trailer-style. United Van Lines will arrange for the storage container to be moved across town or across the country according to your specifications.


The specifications of their containers are as follows:

  • Each container has smooth walls in the interior to help items from getting nicks and scratches.
  • Each container has flush-mounted tie-down rings that are strategically located throughout the container to help secure your items.
  • The top of each container is made of a translucent material which will allow sufficient light in. This will make it easier for the user to pack and arrange their belongings inside the container.
  • The containers feature a roll-up, double lock door.
  • All of their containers are made with galvanized steel framing and waterproof materials that will protect your items from the elements.

Where to Place the Container

Ideally, you can have them place the container in your driveway for easy access. If this isn't possible, you can also have it placed on your street but be mindful that you yourself have to obtain the necessary permits for this arrangement.

This also places a huge challenge for people residing in highly urban areas where space is limited (condo and apartment-dwellers).

Moving forward, once the container has been put in place, you will not be able to move it because the crew will lock it into place as a safety measure. If you want to have it moved, you'll need to call United Mayflower and ask them to move it. This will incur you an additional cost. To avoid this extra charge, make sure that you're decided on the final location before the crew leaves and locks the containers base in place.

To make it easier for their clients United Mayflower will place the container on level ground. This eliminates the need for dangerous ramps which also make the loading process very challenging.



Moving pods have slowly become a popular option among people who want to cut costs, and it sure does give you the freedom to pack and load at your own pace.

However, this may not be the best option for people with limited time and space.

If you're on a tight schedule and need to relocate right away, getting the assistance of professional movers who will assist you in packing and loading can save you a lot of valuable time.

Also, if you're living in an urban area or a city apartment where space is limited, this may not be a practical option.

Get Quotes Today

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For more information about moving and relocation, feel free to browse around www.9kilo.com.

Recently United Van Lines was also featured as one of the best cross country movers in USA! Here's a detailed review of United Van Lines.

Update: United Van Lines rated as the 4th best company in our list of best out of state moving companies in the U.S.

See also: PODS Competitors – Top Alternatives To PODS | Tips to Pack PODS and Other Moving Containers