San Diego County Service Companies Resource Guide: Finding the Perfect Person for Your Odd Job

Updated: Jan 28

Julian, CA

Backcountry living is an old-fashioned lifestyle. We are neighborly, pay a little extra for the convenience of buying something locally, and in many ways, still live off the land. No matter what lifestyle you choose, there are pros and cons. One of the inconveniences of rural life is that it can be hard to find services. Thanks to the help of many of my backcountry neighbors, I have compiled these recommendations into a resource guide for you.

It is my standard to be completely transparent, never recommending something that I have not tried myself. That being said, my dad is very handy, and therefore I have not had personal experience with all the companies in this resource guide. If I have used them, I’ve stated so. Being a born-and-raised Julianite, I am familiar with almost everyone’s reputations. I have not included anyone whom I know has a bad reputation. This doesn't mean that someone who is not listed necessarily has a bad reputation. It is just the only way I can remain transparent without publicly disrespecting someone and their business. You are always welcome to contact me if you are concerned. Additionally, I have been very open about the pros and cons locals have reported about these companies in order to remain transparent. Julian's handyman and contractors have a reputation for not always being formally trained, bonded, and doing things to current codes. I highly encourage you to ask around and read online reviews about a company before you hire them.

Disclaimer: It is the responsibility of the homeowner or tenant to make sure an individual or company has the proper credentials and insurance before you hire them to do a task for you.

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Professional Services

Riccio's Accounting Service - Julian local Kelly Riccio is an IRS-enrolled agent specializing in tax preparation and e-file services (personal and business), bookkeeping, payroll, sales tax, and workers comp. She is also a QuickBooks ProAdvisor. I love working with Mrs. Riccio!

Wetduck Design - Owner Leslie is an expert in promotional products. She helps everyone from small local organizations to Fortune 500 companies find the most effective marketing solution for their needs. She offers services including graphic design, printing, signs and banners, custom T-shirts, mugs, bags, hats, and so much more. Leslie designed my logo, and I use her all the time!

Jennifer Gutierrez Photography - Jenny is one of my go-to photographers for Mountain Made. She is sweet, professional, and very efficient during photoshoots. Some of her photography specializations include maternity, engagements, family, and more!

Creative Flow Media - My dear friends Rami and Shantel are the community’s go-to for all digital marketing needs. They have a large portfolio of successful, locally-focused video campaigns. They create meaningful branded digital content that brings the art of storytelling into every outreach channel.

Mobile Notary, Rowlynda Moretti -

FHL Realty, Inc. - Offers notary and registration and title services to Julian locals.

Community Valley Bank - Julian’s only local bank. The ladies are so nice every time I go in. I don’t even know my account number because they have brought up my information before I get to the counter. I will note that the company's banking app is a bit user-unfriendly but workable.

Legal Services

Mandie Bullock, estate-planning attorney - Mandie can help you with wills, trusts, and kids’ protection planning.

Real Estate: Buying, Selling, and Renting

FHL Realty, Inc. - Offers notary and registration and title services to Julian locals.

Orchard Reality - Allison at Orchard Reality will help you buy or sell your home.

Red Hawk Realty - This local real estate brokerage specializes in dealing with land, ranches, homes and commercial properties in the immediate area is our specialty. We've helped countless individuals happily integrate into this town, and will continue to do so.

Personal Care