@Glenn H wrote:
How can I get a cost estimate for a job without committing to a hire?
You don't have to commit to anything, but if you are looking for a competent freelancer you need to give details about the job you want done, your turnaround time and exactly what you want your freelancer to do. You need to specify in your job offer.
Posting a job never requires you to commit to anything.
Interviewing an applicant/freelancer does not commit you to anything.
Posting an estimated budget does not commit you to anything.
Asking a freelance to provide a cost or quote does not commit you to hiring the freelancer or paying the amount they specify.
You can post a job even if you're unsure of the budget. You can specify an hourly contract and you can refer that you're expecting proposals with a budget.
I would advise you to be accurate about the deliveries and timings as that will influence heavily on the budged provided by freelancers.
Hope it helps.