I've done a 4 or 5 cut outs now (either assisting or on my own), but I haven't been very successful with having the colonies survive or stay put more than a couple of weeks. Of the cutouts I've done, I think I only have one that overwintered. Most of the cutouts have been of new colonies with very little or no brood. So even if I'm successful at capturing the queen, the workers I capture have been through a lot - swarmed, built comb, started collecting pollen/nectar, only to have a big buffoon in a white suit come suck them up, dump them into a box in a new location and expect them to start all over again.
So, assuming that I've been able to capture the queen and have minimal mortality from my bee vacuum, what "success rate" should I expect on cut outs. Feel free to offer your definition of "success" as well.
Now that I have several established hives, I'm hoping to improve my cut out survival rate by having frames of brood available to donate to the cut out colonies. This should build up their numbers more quickly and perhaps reduce the likelihood of the cut outs absconding.
Edit: In the eyes of a client, the cut outs are generally successful merely by removing the bees from the wall, ceiling, etc. The long-term survivability of the bees isn't something that I would guarantee to a prospective client.