I do charge an initial cleaning fee, but..... I like the idea of the "pro-rated amount for the remainder of the month." I was nervous about meeting with a potential new client, and on top of the initial cleaning fee asking for the remainder of the month. But I see that all of you do so, I think that I will try that today!
"The time difference between doing it right and skipping part is nearly always very small. The risk/reward ratio is unfavorable."
I do not use the sketch to skip any parts of a yard In fact, once I complete a service I do a Quick "sweep" of the entire yard which usually ends up in finding a couple more land mines.
I also do find my self saving the heavy areas for last too just for the same reason.
As for that handle, ...that's on my list now!