I'll tell you about my experience, for one thing, know the area and type of people that reside around your rental. Some areas can be a magnet for abusers of all sorts. Know your limitations your hearing situation may have to deal with, get the necessary aids to alert you (remember KISS - Keep It Simple Stupid!
) It will also help if you know someone nearby, companionship or emergency assistance, you nevere know. If seeking a roomate, keep them at your social level, anything crazier and you'll end up in a bind with lanlord. And above all else have fun!