El Dorado County Fire Safe Council

The mission of EI Dorado County Fire Safe Council is to protect the people of EI Dorado County and their property from the effects of catastrophic wildfire through education, cooperation, innovation and action.

Fuel Reduction Contractors List

This list is offered as a public service and the El Dorado County Fire Safe Council does NOT SPECIFICALLY recommend or endorse any of the individuals or companies listed below. These names were obtained through personal contact or from advertisements in local newspapers, telephone books, etc. Caution: It is strongly recommended that you check other sources for additional choices and that you ask for references. Make sure that whoever you choose is properly licensed and insured.

Contractors: If you would like to have your business added or a correction made, please fill out the REQUEST FORM. If you wish to have your business removed from the list please contact the Fire Safe Council.

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Some Things to Consider Before Hiring a Contractor:

  • Plan your project carefully.
  • Shop around before hiring a contractor.
  • Get at least three written bids on your project.
  • When requesting bids, provide all contractors with accurate plans or drawings that will enable them to determine the scope and cost of work.
  • Check with the…
  • …to make sure the contractor is properly licensed, and to check the status and disciplinary history of the license or certification.
    • SCL – State Licensed Contractor
      LTO – Licensed Timber Operator
      PCA – Licensed Pest Control Advisor
      RPF – Registered Professional Forester
      QAL – Qualified Applicators License
  • Check out contractors with your local building department, trade associations or unions, consumer protection agency, and the Better Business Bureau.
  • Get references for previous projects the contractor has done, and follow up on them. Look at work and ask if the homeowners were satisfied with the results.
  • Pay only 10 percent of the project price or $1,000 as a down payment, whichever is less, and make sure your contract provides for a “retention.”
  • Make sure everything you and your contractor have agreed to is included in your contract, and don’t sign anything until you understand and agree with all terms.
  • Ask your contractor about inconveniences that may occur, and plan accordingly.
  • Keep a job file.
  • Take precautions to prevent mechanic’s liens from being filed against your property and ask for lien releases from subcontractors and materials suppliers.
  • Make frequent inspections of the work, including a final walk-through.
  • If problems or disagreements occur, try first to negotiate with the contractor.
  • Contractor’s License: In general, all persons or businesses constructing or altering, moving, wrecking, or demolishing any building, highway, road, parking facility, railroad, excavation or other structure, project, development or improvement must be licensed as a contractor if the total cost of labor and materials for a project is $500 or more. A license is also needed to do any work as a subcontractor or specialty contractor, and persons engaged in the business of home improvement

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