Building a pool involves some preliminary concerns, such as insurance, building codes, and permits. You should employ an experienced and licensed pool contractor, who has adequate insurance, and a good warranty. Before the contractor digs anywhere on your property, call your local utility companies and ask if the ground beneath your prospective pool is clear of underground lines or pipes. Most cities require you to have a building permit before construction begins. Call your city hall or county seat and ask what is required to get a permit and how long it will take. If you do not check these items, make sure that your pool contractor does. Most reputable contractors are familiar with local building codes and requirements. Many cities and counties have regulations governing the placement of the pool, insurance requirements, and the type of fencing you'll need. These guidelines vary widely within a state from county to county, so be sure to get details on all the requirements. Although adding a pool to your property is a liability and can increase your homeowner's insurance, it will give you and your family hours of enjoyment, and increase the home's resale value. For more information about preparing to build a pool, contact a reputable pool contractor in your area.